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Microsoft redoes SChannel patch, releases MS14-068/KB 3011780, KB 3000850

Three unexpected patches barreled out of the Automatic Update/WSUS chute, including a massive Windows 8.1 patch rollup

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More patch problems reported with MS14-066/KB 2992611/WinShock

Botched patch is still on Automatic Update. If Amazon, IBM, and BlackBerry can offer straight talk, why not Microsoft?

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How to set up 802.1X client settings in Windows

802.1X provides security for wired and Wi-Fi networks

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Microsoft does it again, botches KB 2992611 SChannel patch

Last Tuesday's MS14-066 causes some servers to inexplicably hang, AWS or IIS to break, and Microsoft Access to roll over and play dead

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Hidden tricks and fixes in Windows 10 build 9879

From the Insider Hub app, to unsticking Caps Lock, to OneDrive problems galore: There's much more to build 9879 than meets the eye

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Microsoft quietly yanks botched October patch KB 3000061

Microsoft appears to have pulled last month's MS 14-058/KB 3000061 kernel mode driver patch without warning or explanation

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Microsoft's Black Tuesday toll: KB 3003743, IE11, EMET 5, and security webcasts

Amid its patching woes, the demise of Microsoft's security webcasts and deployment priority info hits enterprises hard

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New Windows 10 Technical Preview arrives: Build 9879

Microsoft releases build 9879 of the Windows 10 Technical Preview to the Fast ring of the Windows Insider Program

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Microsoft details how to deploy, manage Windows 10

Windows guru Michael Neihaus reveals nuts-and-bolts details about Windows 10's beefy deployment and management features

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Drastic price cuts may damage PC industry, jeopardize Microsoft's hopes for Windows 10

Microsoft's strategy to kill Chromebooks could come back to haunt it in 2015, says analyst

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Windows 10 Start menu secrets every desktop pro should know

We dig deep into the Windows Technical Preview Start menu to fine-tune it so that you don’t have to

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Microsoft slates Windows' touch Office for mid-2015

The long-awaited touch-centric Office will ship alongside Windows 10

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Microsoft plans monster security update for next week

'Whopping … overwhelming' slate with 16 security updates is the biggest in more than three years

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New Windows Enterprise licensing helps -- but beware the fine print

Per-user subscription option finally moves Microsoft into sensible cloud licensing and makes many enterprise tasks easier and cheaper

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Dramatic jump in Windows 8.1 usage bodes well for Windows 10

Windows 8.1 showed strong growth in October, and an easy upgrade path to Windows 10 could hold the key

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Windows 8's user share skyrockets in October as XP's plummets

Windows 8's user share surged last month, while Windows XP's plummeted by a record amount.

Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

Two weeks after users offered a fix for the MS 14-058/KB 3000061 kernel mode driver installation problem, Microsoft confirms it works

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Windows 10 (finally) sets conventions for multiple-finger gestures

Microsoft demos several new trackpad gestures with interesting implications for Windows -- a long overdue effort that Apple achieved years ago

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