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FAQ: Enterprises face another Windows 10 upgrade

Microsoft today began pushing out its latest Windows upgrade, nicknamed "Creators Update." Here's what companies should know before making the jump.

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Microsoft pushes ahead with Redstone 3, the next big Windows 10 update

Redstone 3 will include a lot of new features, if they all make it.

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The secrets of password aging on Unix systems

It's not quite as hard as it sometimes seems

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Windows 10 beta testing resumes after briefest break yet

Microsoft has restarted deliveries of Windows 10 to beta testers, weeks sooner than it resumed previews in the past.

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Email-based attacks exploit unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word

Attackers for the past few months have been exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word to compromise computers and infect them with malware.

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How to improve Dynamic Lock in Windows 10 Creators Update

Dynamic Lock is a convenient, if somewhat imperfect, new feature that uses the proximity of a Bluetooth-paired phone to handle Windows 10 device access. Here’s how a handy tool will give you more control over when the lock kicks in. ...

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Windows Embedded's future looks rocky

Microsoft's apparent replacement versions for Windows Embedded -- which are based on Windows 10 -- have some limitations. Here's what you need to know.

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Microsoft launches Windows 10 beta program for business users

Business users get access to their own version of the Windows 10 beta program this week. Microsoft unveiled the Windows Insider Program for Business, alongside its first post-Creators Update Windows 10 beta.

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Microsoft hikes Windows 10 savings claims by 28%

Microsoft this week boosted by 28% its claim of how much enterprises can save by moving to Windows 10.

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The Weekly Wrap: Time to prep for Windows 10 Creators Update

The latest version of Windows 10 arrives on April 11, but you can get it now if you want. Here's what you need to know before you download.

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Creators Update notes: Boot Camp issues and personal experience

So far it’s a mostly smooth rollout, with just a few hiccups here and there.

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VPNs on a Chromebook: a scorecard of VPN providers

Interested in using a VPN on a Chromebook? Here is a scorecard of VPN providers that do and do not support Chrome OS.

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Apple breaks with secrecy to rebut negative narrative

Apple this week renounced its usual secrecy about future products to counter questions about its commitment to the Mac.

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Windows 10 data collection: What you need to know

The operating system has been collecting telemetry on users and apps since 2015; despite recent changes, it’s still gathering information.

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F-Secure buys Little Flocker to combat macOS ransomware

Endpoint security vendor F-Secure has acquired a behavior-based security application for macOS called Little Flocker that was developed by an independent researcher.

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Humble Bundle lassos Python

Humble Bundle and No Starch Press have pulled together to offer a really sweet deal on digital books on Python.

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Antsy Windows 10 users can grab Creators Update now

Microsoft on Wednesday began letting antsy customers download Creators Update, the latest Windows 10 feature upgrade.

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Microsoft tries to appease Windows 10 data collection critics

Microsoft today revealed more about what info Windows 10 collects from users, hoping to quell long-simmering resistance to the OS's data gathering practices.

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Microsoft reveals what data Windows 10 collects from you

In an effort to be more transparent, Microsoft revealed more about what data Windows 10 Creators Update will collect from users' PCs and clarified what the privacy settings mean.

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Vista, XP remain firmly rooted in businesses

Despite ending support, Microsoft can't kill off its old OSes.

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