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Now's the time to patch Windows and Office

With no new Tuesday surprises, here's your opportunity to catch up on the latest updates for Microsoft

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Signs point to Microsoft's imminent release of Windows 7 'Service Pack 3'

For the second month in a row, Win7 and 8.1 have no Preview of the Monthly Rollup. Here’s what that means and what it portends for Win7 'Service Pack 3'

Microsoft's push to make the most of your staff

Microsoft Office 365 tackles management with StaffHub

Microsoft is building new analytics tools to help companies better manage small and virtual teams

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With change to cumulative Windows updates, Microsoft admits IE's fading role in the enterprise

Starting in February, IE security updates will again be separate, letting business that abandoned the browser receive smaller downloads

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Windows 10 Build 15007 boosts Edge browser

The preview release of Build 15007 also features UWP and Bluetooth improvements, and it fixes several bugs

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Reality check: How Windows 10's new privacy controls stack up

A hands-on look at whether Microsoft’s Win10 Creators Update will win back your trust

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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC security update installs Chrome spyware

Adobe says the data collected by the new “Adobe Product Improvement Program” spyware is anonymous, thus innocuous

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Win10 updates KB 3213986, KB 3210721 have multimonitor problems

Other problems few and far between for the security-light 14393.693, 10586.753, and 10240.17236 patches

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Microsoft makes minor concessions on Windows 10 data collection

Will stop harvesting app usage data under ‘Basic’ setting

Top 25 Windows 10 Free Tools

Fix Windows 10 problems with these free Microsoft tools

A handful of free tools can be used to repair most problems on Windows 10 PCs -- and they’re all provided by Microsoft. Here’s how to use them

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Windows 10 beta build 15002 brings real improvement

Beyond the marketing glitz and interminable feature lists, there’s actually a lot to like in this Creators Update

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Bash on Windows is becoming Linux for Windows users

Microsoft's Windows Subsystem for Linux is evolving into a credible alternative to running Linux inside Windows on VMs

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Citrix bolsters virtualization wares, integration with Microsoft Azure

Xen App, Xen Desktop and Xen Mobile are now tightly integrated with Microsoft Azure; Citrix buys Unidesk

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Microsoft is retiring the Blue Screen of Death for some users

Microsoft is turning the BSOD into a GSOD for users of its Windows 10 beta

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How Linux scared Microsoft into improving Windows gaming

Also in today’s open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews MX Linux 16, and Mac market share drops while Linux improves.

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Have Surface RT and Surface 2 been put out to pasture?

Users who were unlucky enough to buy the now-discontinued models report problems – and no support from Microsoft

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Windows 10 tips and tricks for Wi-Fi and networking

There have been many changes in Windows 10, especially since the first anniversary update last August, officially called version 1607. Here are some of the most important changes related to the Wi-Fi and networking aspects of Windows...

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December Windows security patches crash Active Directory Admin Center

The bad patches include Windows 7 security-only KB 3205394 and Windows 10 cumulative updates KB 3206632, KB 3205386

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