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How to ensure you're running a stable Windows 10 version

If you don’t want to be one of Microsoft's unpaid beta testers, it's easy to wait until new versions are ready for prime time

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Microsoft wants to enable cellular PCs, but will carriers bite?

The company wants to offer cell plans for sale through the Windows Store, but that might not fly given carriers' resistance to a similar Apple offering

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Windows RT done right? Regular Windows apps will run on new ARM-based PCs

Microsoft-Qualcomm deal puts Windows 10 and Win32 apps on ARM-based PCs, using several techniques

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Microsoft fixes Windows 7 'Group B' security-only patching method

Great news: TechNet blog eschews fixing Win7/8.1 security-only bugs with monthly rollup patches

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Microsoft releases nonsecurity patches for Office 2016, 2013, Click-to-Run

After a bobbling start, the patches are available in Windows Update and WSUS

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How to Block Ads in Windows 10

Some Windows 10 ads are pretty unobtrusive, but several get right up in your face. Here’s how to disable them with a few simple menu tweaks.

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Lenovo Yogabook Review: Innovative touch capabilities trapped in an otherwise basic computer

You use touch all the time on your smartphone and tablet, and now you can do it on the Yoga Book, too, with its combination touch keyboard and drawing surface

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Enterprises face Windows 10 support deadlines as service model kicks into gear

Enterprises that have adopted Windows 10 will face the demise of three versions of the operating system in the next 18 months.

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Here’s how the Windows 10 Creators Update helps enterprises

New features include enhanced security, analytics, and device management

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Oculus Touch VR controller unboxing

Oculus's motion-tracked Touch controllers are about as close as you can get to using your hands in virtual reality.

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How Windows 10 data collection trades privacy for security

Here's what data each telemetry level collects and the price you pay to send the least telemetry to Microsoft

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Windows 10 sees slight uptick in use, but IE and Edge continue to decline

November wasn’t kind to Microsoft’s browsers, but Win10 is showing some signs of life

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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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New Microsoft Security Essentials, KB 3205972, fixes right-click scan bug

Tests show 4.10.209.0 brings back the 'Scan with Microsoft Security Essentials' option in context menus

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Saying good-bye to Enterprise Windows

After nearly a decade of examining and advocating for Microsoft's enterprise tech, J. Peter Bruzzese is passing on the torch to a new columnist

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Microsoft deems Windows 10 Anniversary Update enterprise-ready

The version you're likely running right now, 14393.447, officially rolls out to the corporate crowd

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CERT to Microsoft: Keep EMET alive

Windows systems with Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit properly configured is more secure than a standalone Windows 10 system, says CERT

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Microsoft modifies November patches to bypass Lenovo server conflicts

Installing any of a wide variety of security patches causes Lenovo servers to hang on the splash screen, but a fix is available

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