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Microsoft focuses on Office, less so on Windows, and offers nothing for browsers on Patch Tuesday

This was a surprisingly light update, with a reduced number of Windows updates, no Microsoft browser updates and some critical Office patches — so far. Microsoft is scheduled to release more updates this month and we will see whether...

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What's in the latest Edge update? Rollbacks and new browser telemetry policies

Microsoft's Edge 86 includes a "rollback" function that lets IT admins restore an earlier version of the browser and gives the built-in PDF viewer support for document tables of content.

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Is Windows the greatest cyberthreat to the 2020 US election?

With Election Day coming up fast, there’s evidence that Windows-based attacks could be imminent — or may have already started. Seeds of chaos being sown already?

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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 KB4579311, released Oct. 13, 2020.

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With Patch Tuesday here, be sure Windows Update is paused

With all the flotsam floating around, it’s easy to lose sight of Second Tuesdays. October’s arrives tomorrow and, with it, another round of Windows and Office patches. Take a minute to make sure you aren’t in the front lines, as...

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How to block the Windows 10 October 2020 Update, version 20H2, from installing

The shiny new 20H2 Windows 10 feature update is almost here, but there’s no reason for you to be an unpaid beta tester. Here’s how to keep it off your system for now.

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An introduction to Windows 10’s new PowerToys

Like their ‘90s namesakes, the tools in Microsoft’s new PowerToys app are quite useful for power users.

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Troubleshooting Windows 10 with Reliability Monitor

Built into Windows 10, this old-school tool is great at diagnosing crashes, hangs and other issues.

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Windows by the numbers: Real gains or just an illusion?

A sudden spike of Windows' overall share led to increased user numbers for both Windows 10 and Windows 7.

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The coast is clear to install September's Windows and Office patches

It’s been an interesting month, with a couple of flubs, but no new major plugged security holes and Microsoft has replaced its buggy SQL Server 2019 patch. Win10 version 2004 continues to astound with the number of swatted bugs, but...

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Microsoft pushes Edge as 'best for business' in battle with Chrome

At this year's Ignite conference, Microsoft offered up a host of reasons why its browser is better for the enterprise than Google Chrome. Do those claims stack up?

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Microsoft Patch Alert: September 2020

The September patches kicked up a bit of dust, but things look pretty stable now. I’m still skeptical of Windows 10 version 2004, but it’s getting closer to stable. Give it another month.

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How to protect your privacy in Windows 10

Worried about privacy issues in Windows 10? Here's what you can do.

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IT admins want one, and only one, Windows 10 upgrade annually

Though they question how Microsoft has cut the number of yearly Windows 10 refreshes, for admins it's clearly a case of less is more.

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How IT can keep remote workers’ Windows 7 PCs safe

Employees connecting to corporate networks via old Windows 7 devices puts businesses at high risk. Here’s how to mitigate the threat.

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The worst version of Windows ever released

Windows Me was unstable, unloved and unusable. But was it really the worst OS Microsoft ever produced – worse even than Windows 8?

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Windows 10 upgrades are rarely useful, say IT admins

A majority of admins surveyed this summer say Microsoft's oft ballyhooed twice-a-year upgrades for Windows 10 aren't really worth the hassle.

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Microsoft will bundle updates to streamline patching

Microsoft plans to change how it delivers updates to some parts of Windows 10, saying the new bundling tactic will end confusion and streamline the OS's regular refreshes.

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