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Shakeup: Qi Lu is out; Microsoft shifts Cortana, Bing, Office, Skype

This morning saw Microsoft's breathtaking push to put Cortana in the driver's seat and breaking Office out into its own unit

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New Microsoft tool shows how Windows 10 might affect devices

The Windows Upgrade Analytics Service analyzes app compatibility and helps to automate deployment

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Support family and friends with Windows 10’s new Quick Assist app

A new remote-access tool in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update makes it easy to help another person with their Windows 10 computer

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Is my Windows PC 32-bit or 64-bit? Why it matters

Especially if you have an older PC, there’s a big difference between 32-bit and 64-bit Windows. Here’s how to find out what you have and why you should care.

6 things wrong with the Windows Insider program

Microsoft's Insider Program has fallen off the rails, but a few simple fixes would go a long way

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Analysts laud and lance new Microsoft browser armor

Reviews call Microsoft's new security model for its Edge browser both a terrific idea and a band-aid that doesn't address Windows' real problems

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Microsoft Azure networking is speeding up, thanks to custom hardware

FPGAs give customers the ability to get speed boosts in networking and soon in AI and deep learning

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Microsoft pursues .Net development unity with .Net Standard

A single base library will reach all three major variants of .Net, solving the code-sharing problem for .Net developers across platforms

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Here's how Microsoft is using containerization to protect Edge users

Windows Defender Application Guard locks untrusted browsing sessions away from the rest of the OS

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Microsoft finally fixes double-print bug, but more patching problems loom

The convoluted method Microsoft used to fix the MS16-098 double-printing bug is a harbinger of screw-ups to come with the new all-or-nothing approach to patching

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Enter the brave new world of Windows 10 license activation

Historically, hardware upgrades on Windows PCs that involved major changes (new motherboard and/or CPU, for example) required a phone call to Microsoft to reactivate the Windows license. Microsoft has altered its licensing policy to...

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Lockdown! Harden Windows 10 for maximum security

To make the most of Windows 10's security improvements, you must target the right edition and hardware for your needs

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GWX swept away as pattern emerges in Windows updates

This hornet’s nest of rollup patches, .Net offal, and miscellany looks remarkably like the mess we’re expecting to see in October

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Red Hat links Java to Microsoft's Visual Studio Code

An extension based on the Language Server Protocol offers developers expanded use of Microsoft's development tool

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Surface Pro 3 plagued by yet another battery problem

Complaints about the SP 3 LGC battery may have their origin in the recent Simplo 'batterygate' patch

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Your PC is simply another mobile device

IT needs to start planning now for the day when PCs are managed and secured like mobile devices, and desktop apps are developed and deployed like mobile apps

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Why (and how) you should manage Windows PCs like iPhones

The pieces are finally coming together to implement an omnidevice systems management approach for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android

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Hybrid tablet showdown: Huawei Matebook vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4

CIO.com's Sarah White puts these two hybrid tablets through the paces to see which one is the best fit for the enterprise.

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