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How Windows 10 ends up a lot like Windows 7

With the arrival of Windows 11 on Oct. 5, Windows 10 may well end its career much as Windows 7 did — as something of a dead end.

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MSRT vs. MSERT: When to use each Windows malware tool

The Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool (MSRT) and the Microsoft Safety Scanner (MSERT.exe) do more or less the same thing: scan for and remove Windows malware. We explore and explain the differences.

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Microsoft releases new perpetual Office for enterprise

The new Office suite, dubbed "Office LTSC 2021," is basically a subset of the feature catalog of Office 365 (and its more expansive sibling, Microsoft 365) that will remain unchanged until its support ends.

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A penchant for patching: After 20 years, the system’s still a mess

Though Microsoft has tried a variety of patching schemes over the past two decades, update problems continue with no end in sight.

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Legacy apps are at risk with the September Patch Tuesday update

Testing your legacy applications and printing will be important when dealing with this month's Patch Tuesday updates.

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Windows 11: Just say no

In a few weeks, Windows 11 will arrive. Should you upgrade to it? Let me answer with a question: "Should you stop hitting your head against the wall?"

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5005565, released on Sept. 14, 2021.

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As the hybrid workplace emerges, Microsoft and Google beef up video tools

Both companies are catering to growing demand for workforce flexibility as businesses look to roll out hybrid remote work strategies and keep employees connected — wherever they’re located.

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Planning to update to Windows 11? A checklist before you do

With the Oct. 5 launch date less than a month away, it's time to think about when Windows users should move from 10 to 11. (Helpful hint: Don't rush.)

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Microsoft to launch Windows 11 on Oct. 5; rollout to last into ‘22

Though Microsoft plans to start pushing Windows 11 to users early next month, it may be mid-2022 before everyone gets the new operating system.

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What is Windows Hello? Microsoft’s biometrics security system explained

Windows Hello gives Windows users an alternate way to log into their devices and applications using a fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition. Here’s what the technology does, who uses it and the hardware required.

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Could Windows 365 and Starlink (or 5G) underpin the future of work?

When it comes to setting up work-from-home employees, the easiest answer might be cloud-based operating systems and WANs like 5G or Starlink.

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Cortana is AWOL in the war against COVID-19 disinfo

At a time when more people use voice assistants to retrieve the most basic information, Microsoft’s Cortana doesn’t provide even the basics about protecting against the coronavirus.

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Microsoft plots price hikes for most Office, Microsoft 365 subscriptions

The increases, which could be as high as 25%, are slated to take place March 1, 2022 and will affect most enterprise and business plans.

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Microsoft likely to offer Extended Security Updates for Windows 10 in 2025

By offering the extended support, organizations could safely run Windows 10 for years after its planned 2025 retirement.

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Microsoft Endpoint Manager: What Intune's successor does and how it works

Microsoft's unified endpoint management offering, Endpoint Manager, is designed to reduce the time and effort needed to manage desktop and mobile work environments. Here's what it does.

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Windows Server deserts Microsoft's WaaS

In what may be a sign of things to come for Windows-as-a-Service, Microsoft has decided it will no longer update Windows Server multiple times a year.

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11 questions for Windows users

It’s time for my survey of Windows users: I want to get an idea of how you use Windows, what you think of Windows 11, and what other options you use or may be considering.

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