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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4528760, released Jan. 14, 2020.

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Answering your Windows questions: January 2020

Computerworld Windows expert Preston Gralla and Executive Editor Ken Mingis answer viewers' questions about the latest Windows 10 release. If you have a question, post it as a comment so it can be answered in a future episode.

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Seven high points of Windows 7

What a long ride it's been for Microsoft's popular OS. Support for Windows 7 ends today, making this a good time to look at the highs and lows of its lifetime.

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Microsoft targets frontline workers with Teams walkie-talkie feature

A push-to-talk option will be integrated with Samsung’s new Galaxy XCover Pro ruggedized handset.

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Google promises to support Chrome on Windows 7 until July 2021

Although Microsoft support for the aging OS ends this week, Google plans to continue updating its popular browser for Windows 7 until July 2021.

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What to know before upgrading to Windows Server 2019

Even though it’s only been one refresh cycle, the changes to the latest version of Windows Server are considerable. Microsoft makes the process of upgrading from Windows Server 2016 easy.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 resumes march towards endless dominance

With support for Windows 7 ending in less than two weeks, the Windows 10 upgrade push continues.

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Top web browsers 2020: Microsoft's IE and Edge move up

Mozilla's efforts to make Firefox more attractive as a web browser have failed to move the share needle. Meanwhile, Google's Chrome continues its dominance.

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The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

From budget, to ultraportable, to gaming laptops, our top picks feature the best tech advances in laptop PCs, from new CPUs and GPUs to new materials, and include portables from HP, Dell, and Apple.

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Microsoft dissolves links between features and Windows 10 releases

The company this week made more changes to its Windows 10 development model, changes that have implications for future releases.

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Microsoft offers tools to block Chromium-Edge from silently downloading to Windows 10 PCs

When deployed and run, the Blocker Toolkit will leave the old version of Edge in place. Microsoft released similar toolkits for IE7, IE8, IE9, IE10 and IE11 before the public release of those browsers.

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Just because Microsoft sells Windows 7 support doesn't mean you can buy it

What good is extended support for an aging OS if you can't find a reseller to sell it to your company?

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Microsoft begins Windows 10's 1809-to-1909 compulsory upgrade

This marks the second time Microsoft has taken the upgrade reins since changing its servicing model and means some users may be upgraded after running 1809 less than a year.

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Office 365 on Windows 7 gets free patches until 2023

The end of support in January for Windows 7 does not mean the end of support for Office 365 ProPlus. Users of the latter will get security updates, but no new features.

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Microsoft to end updates to Windows 7's free AV software, Security Essentials

When support for Windows 7 ends on Jan. 14, Microsoft will also stop providing new malware signatures for its home-grown Security Essentials software.

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Microsoft names its next Windows 10 upgrade: '2004'

Although the name would indicate an April 2020 release, the company's past Windows upgrade tempo has rarely hit the mark.

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Food fight: Slack and Microsoft trade barbs, sling stats in collaboration app battle

Although Slack led the way on chat-based collaboration software, Microsoft pushed back with its own Teams app. Now, the two companies are battling for enterprise hearts and minds (and users).

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Microsoft goes very small for Windows 10 1909's 'On' switch

The latest version of Windows relies on an 'enablement package' to turn on features that transform Windows 10 1903 into 1909. Microsoft now calls that move a pilot program.

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