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Windows 10 posts user-share gains after multi-month stall

After a two-month stretch of no growth, Windows 10 in November gained user share, powering more than a quarter of all Windows PCs for the first time, new data showed.

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Visual Studio toolkit will build bootable apps

The kit helps developers build apps that boot as OSes and are less dependent on hardware

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Microsoft declares summer's Windows 10 upgrade fit for business

Microsoft has pushed its Windows 10 August upgrade to the Current Branch for Business release track.

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Microsoft's decision to retire security tool is myopic

Microsoft's claim that Windows 10 made an important enterprise anti-exploit tool obsolete is wrong, said security analyst Will Dormann.

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Review: 2 ultraportables from Acer and Dell add speed, efficiency

Acer's Swift 7 and Dell's XPS 13 ultraportables both take advantage of Intel's new Kirby Lake processor. We compare the two.

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Microsoft’s UWP toolkit shows signs of life

Microsoft is recalibrating Universal Windows Platform tooling with an eye toward code reuse and application portability

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Is the speedy Surface Book i7 too expensive for IT?

Microsoft announced an updated version of its Surface Book last month, dubbing it the Performance Base model. It brings blazing fast performance and improved graphics, but is it worth the high price tag for businesses?

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Microsoft embraces open source in the cloud and on-premises

Microsoft is positioning itself as the software vendor of choice for enterprises that maintain hybrid cloud environments, and it's opening its arms to Linux and open source software to do it.

20 ways to hate Windows 10 less

20 ways to hate Windows 10 less

These tips and tricks will make the parts of Win10 that you actually use work better

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Microsoft Surface Pro Intel i7 review

CIO.com's senior writer Sarah White puts this updated Surface Book with Performance Base through its paces to see what this thoroughbred device can do.

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Microsoft really has changed, Linux Foundation chief says

Microsoft made waves when it announced that it joined the Linux Foundation, but some are skeptical of the company's motives. Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin says that this isn't a case of Microsoft trying to kill Linux,...

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Acer Swift 7 review: This slender ultrabook focuses on just the basics

Thin may be in, but you can get more bang for your buck.

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The next Visual Studio is all about extensions

Likely new features in Microsoft's Visual Studio 15 include identifying performance bottlenecks and revealing dependencies

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Microsoft patches 68 vulnerabilities, two actively exploited ones

Microsoft has patched 68 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Edge, Internet Explorer and SQL Server, two of which have already been exploited by attackers in the wild and three that have been publicly disclosed.

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Microsoft postpones Windows anti-exploit tool's retirement

Microsoft now plans to support the Enterprise Mitigation Experience Toolkit through July 2018, a year-and-a-half extension for the anti-exploit utility.

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Microsoft promises smaller Windows 10 upgrades

Microsoft today promised it will reduce the size of Windows 10 "feature updates," beginning next year.

How to speed up Windows 7 Update scans -- forever

How to speed up Windows 7 Update scans—forever

Win7 Update scans got you fuming? Here’s how to make the most of Microsoft’s 'magic' speed-up patch

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Microsoft will shrink and speed up Windows 10 updates

Microsoft has revealed a new Unified Update Platform that's designed to make it easier for devices to upgrade from one version of Windows 10 to another.

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