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Windows 7, 8, and 10: Now all collecting user data for Microsoft

Uncomfortable with Windows 10 slurping personal data? Too bad -- Microsoft rolls out similar snooping capabilities to Windows 7, Windows 8

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Developers can now use Embarcadero's RAD Studio for Windows 10 apps

Embarcadero released RAD Studio 10 Seattle, a big upgrade of its rapid application development platform

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Windows patch MS15-084/KB 3076895 breaks Symantec, IBM Tivoli, even Microsoft Forefront

After much confusion, there's finally a Hotfix available, KB 3090303, and a permanent fix is promised shortly

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Windows Store automatic updates can be turned off in all versions of Windows 10

Another feature improvement slipped by, and it could be a big step in the right direction

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10 surprising facts about Microsoft

With the release of Windows 10 coming almost exactly 20 years after Microsoft introduced Windows 95, now is as good a time as ever to look at Microsoft's broad impact on the tech industry, particularly the lesser-known facts.

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Apple's iOS 9 takes ad blockers to dangerous new heights

The ad-blocking wars were already damaging, but Apple is pushing it to an alarming level

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New Windows 10 Insider build 10532 rolls out

It’s official -- a new Win10 Insider Preview build is streaming out right now

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KB 3081448, KB 3081449, KB 3081452 arrive on Windows 10 sans documents

If you're running Windows 10 RTM (build 10240), you got Cumulative Update 5 and two other surprises with no pedigree -- and your machine will reboot tonight

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How stealthy patches could bring down all of Windows 10

Here's a simple scenario where the lack of patch information could severely limit Windows 10's acceptance

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Do you really need VDI? Try desktop as a service instead

Running Windows desktops from the cloud instead of your data center opens more possibilities for managing distributed users

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Office 2016's Windows release tipped for Sept. 22

Microsoft’s productivity suite is getting a big boost in collaboration features, but few design changes

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4 overblown Windows 10 worries

Does Microsoft's new OS really endanger your privacy and security? We examine the four top concerns about Windows 10 -- and what you can do about them

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First Docker, now Mesos: Windows broadens its support in containers

Microsoft teams with Mesosphere, making Windows servers easier to manage and broadening Azure's appeal

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The Windows 10 developer’s dilemma: Go Universal or stick with the desktop?

Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform offers code-once-run-anywhere upside, but development drawbacks abound

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How to get rid of the 'Your upgrade to Windows 10 is ready' lock

Those of you who signed up for the Windows 10 upgrade but changed your mind may be able to crawl out

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Hands-on with Spotlight in El Capitan: Location info, natural language searches, UI tweaks, and more

Here's a closer look at the tweaks to the built-in search engine in OS X 10.11

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Bloatware: What it is and how to get rid of it

Many Windows PCs are sold laden with unnecessary -- or even harmful -- software. We look at what you might find on your new system and how to get rid of it

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Upgrading an old PC to Windows 10? You're on your own

Microsoft's free upgrade strategy places the burden of support on PC makers -- and for 'unsupported' systems, they're punting to you

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