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Browser makers build bulwarks to stump Spectre attacks

Most major browser makers responded to concerns about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities by updating their wares to try and fend off any web-based attacks.

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Microsoft speeds up latest Windows 10 upgrade delivery

2017's final Windows 10 feature upgrade is being pushed out to customers faster than Microsoft released the year's first revision.

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What is Windows Hello? Microsoft’s biometrics security system explained

Windows Hello gives Windows 10 users an alternative way to log into their devices and applications using a fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition. Here’s what the technology does, who uses it and the hardware required.

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Tips for new tech devices

Tips, tricks, apps and advice for getting the most out of iPhones, Android devices, Macs, Windows 10 PCs, Alexa devices and more.

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Google slips Chrome stub into Microsoft's app store

It tried to plant an installer for the Chrome browser but was quickly booted from the store. A Chrome engineer complained that Microsoft 'denies Chrome the tools it needs to protect users' to explain the maneuver.

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The best free software for your PC

These are the best free programs that any PC needs: solid security tools, productivity software, and more.

How to hold on to Windows 7 for the long haul

Windows 7 update guide: How 'security-only' and 'monthly rollups' differ

Microsoft in 2016 changed the way it rolls out updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, leaving many IT admins and users confused. Here's how to sort out what the company is doing.

How to hold on to Windows 7 for the long haul

Why Windows 7 updates are getting bigger

Microsoft's monthly security rollups for Windows 7 have almost doubled in size since the company revised the still-popular operating system's update regimen in 2016.

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Microsoft's Edge browser is in serious trouble

Analytics firm Net Applications revised its methodology to cull bots from its browser share numbers and found that as much as half of the traffic to Edge on Windows 10 was artificially inflated.

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Microsoft Whiteboard adds ‘digital canvas’ collaboration to Windows 10

The launch of the company’s Whiteboard public preview for Surface devices is a ‘step in the right direction’ for a more modern and natural style of collaboration, analyst says.

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FAQ: Windows 10's new browser-ized UI – Sets

Microsoft is highlighting previews of Windows 10 that would include new features – 'Timeline' and 'Sets' – aiming at boosting productivity on a PC.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 update strategy is showing strains

Analysts argue that Microsoft should cut the number of Windows 10 upgrades in half and pledge to support each version for 24 months.

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What’s next for Microsoft’s .Net CLR

The common language runtime of the .Net development platform is slated for speed and scalability improvements

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Microsoft grants enterprises 6 more months of support for Windows 10 1511

The company says it want to help early adopters of the 2015 feature upgrade with support through April 2018. The extra support is limited to patches for security vulnerabilities rated by MIcrosoft as 'Critical' or 'Important.'

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How to choose the right Windows 10 release channel

Individual users and IT administrators alike are confused by the options Microsoft offers for Windows 10 updates. Here’s help choosing the best update method for yourself or your business.

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Microsoft previews 'Near Share,' an AirDrop clone for nimble Windows 10 file transfers

The new ad hoc file-sharing service – similar to Apple's AirDrop – is included in the latest Windows 10 Insider (Build 17035) and is likely to be available for non-Insider users next year.

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What are shielded virtual machines and how to set them up in Windows Server

Virtualization can expose data and encryption keys to hackers. Microsoft's shielded virtual machines and Host Guardian Service locks them down.

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10 incredibly useful Excel keyboard shortcuts

Here are 10 incredibly useful Excel keyboard shortcuts you probably haven't discovered yet.

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Windows 10 Insider: What's in it for us?

The three-year-old Windows Insider program delivers pre-release versions of the next Windows 10 feature upgrade, allowing Microsoft to sniff out bugs before they go public.

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FAQ: Microsoft adds new Windows 10 data collection setting for enterprise only

The new Enhanced (Limited) setting is designed for customers using the Windows Analytics service to plan for Microsoft's semi-annual feature upgrades, deal with monthly upgrades and check Windows 10.

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