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What little we know about recommended Windows 7/8.1 update KB 3123862

The formerly optional patch ties into Windows 10 upgrades through means unknown

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Microsoft lets cautious users try more of Windows 10’s leading edge

Microsoft is adding a Release Preview ring to its beta program, letting users get an early glimpse of what's coming to their PC while retaining stability

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Why Windows 10 users should care about the Azerbaijani Manat

It's time to take on the second fundamental problem with Windows 10: monolithic patches

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LibreOffice 5.1 released with redesigned user interface

Also in today's open source roundup: The fight for open source software in the Air Force, and a Verge editor's mom falls in love with a Chromebook Pixel

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Microsoft fixes 36 flaws in IE, Edge, Office, Windows, .Net Framework

February’s Patch Tuesday brought 12 security bulletins, five of which Microsoft rated critical

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Setting up a Windows 10 picture PIN

How cool is it to draw on a picture to log into your Windows 10 PC? It's a lot cooler than remembering a bunch of letters and numbers. Here's how to set it up.

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Microsoft delivers Office 2016 to subscribers on the slow train

Also renames the Office 365 update and upgrade tracks: Old 'Branches' are out, 'Channels' are in

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Is Docker ditching Ubuntu Linux? Confusion reigns

Alpine Linux may be the new default OS, comments made recently by the company's founder suggest

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 10586.104, CU 9, KB 3135173 -- with changelog

Finally, Microsoft addresses the biggest hurdle to Windows 10 adoption: The changelog

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Fish: A better alternative to Bash in Linux?

Also in today's open source roundup: A review of KShutdown, and the differences between AMOLED and LCD displays for Android smartphones explained

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Microsoft skills: What's hot and what's not?

SQL Server, Azure, SharePoint, and .Net are among the Microsoft skills most in demand

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How to use Windows 10 backup and recovery features

Sooner or later, you’re going to experience a hard drive failure. Don’t panic -- there’s a good chance Windows 10 will let you restore seemingly lost documents and files

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Adding a child user account in Windows 10

It actually costs you 50 cents to set up a child user account in Windows 10! But there's a good reason why, and you'll find out how it all works in this video.

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Does the Linux desktop really matter in the long run?

Also in today's open source roundup: DistroWatch reviews Tails 2.0, and Stremio is an alternative to Popcorn Time for movies, TV shows, and more

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Microsoft defends new Windows Server licensing

Microsoft rebuts a law firm's analysis of the new licensing rules for Windows Server

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I forgot my Windows 10 password!

Forgetting your Windows 10 password isn't the disaster it used to be. Windows lets you get back on track with a pretty easy reset process. Here's how it works.

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Setting up a local user account in Windows 10

You can set up a local user account on a Windows 10 PC so you don't have to bother with a Microsoft account. Here's how to do it.

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Bypassing the Windows 10 password with a PIN

There's an easier way to get into Windows: setting up a numerical PIN, just like you'd use with a bank ATM. Here's how to do it.

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