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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

10 reasons you should not upgrade to Windows 10

10 reasons you shouldn't upgrade to Windows 10

You may be better off sticking with Win7 or Win8.1, given a wide range of Win10 trade-offs and shortcomings

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Windows 10 patch KB 3081444 and the future of 'service packs'

Microsoft's latest fix holds some surprises under the hood -- and could make us rethink the company's plans for updates and release schedules

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Windows 10 Start menus: Start10 vs. Classic Shell

The best Windows 8 Start menu replacements bring their Win7-inspired magic to Windows 10. Which should you choose?

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Microsoft releases MS15-093/KB 3088903 patch for IE

Details for the out-of-band patch are scarce, but it’s in the wild. If you use IE, you better get patched

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Windows 10 beta build th2_release Professional 10525 now available

As anticipated, the beta builds are back and should be rolling out in the Fast ring even as we speak

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Who's upgrading to Windows 10?

In the three weeks since the new OS's debut, Windows 8.1 users have been the most willing to migrate

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Edge browser fails to win over Windows 10 users

Even with aggressive setup switching, Edge has been adopted by a minority of those running Windows 10, according to two metrics vendors

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Windows 10 will push you to pay more for Office

Microsoft's hybrid-cloud model for apps will lead to higher prices in return for greater flexibility

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