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Microsoft leans on A.I. to resume safe delivery of Windows 10 Update

After a series of hiccups that forced Microsoft to halt its October 2018 Update for Windows 10 shortly after the initial rollout late last year, Microsoft is resuming the automatic update experience for the latest build of Windows 10. The Windows 10 October 2018 Update will be pushed out to all PCs in a phased […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with security, Narrator, and accessibility improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with improvements to security, the Narrator app, and accessibility. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18305 (made available to testers on December 19) to build 18309. These builds are from the 19H1 branch, which will arrive in the first half of this year. Windows 10 is […]

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Chrome’s getting a dark mode on Windows to match the one for macOS

Enlarge / Chrome’s dark mode. Chrome 73 is going to include support for macOS 10.14’s dark mode, with an alternative color scheme for its user interface that cuts the brightness. It’s now clear that a Windows version of the same is in development, though it seems to trail the macOS version. A bug report was […]

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Net Applications: Windows 10 passes Windows 7 in market share

More than three years after its release, Windows 10 has passed Windows 7 in market share. That means more desktop computers are now running Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system than any other OS, according to Net Applications. The milestone is a nice way for Microsoft to end 2018, even though the company surely was […]

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Steam to drop support for Windows XP and Vista on January 1

Valve’s Steam Store has come a long way since it first debuted in 2003, adding support for a number of operating systems over the years. Some have fallen at the wayside though and starting on Tuesday, January 1, Windows XP and Windows Vista will join that list. After that date, the client will not run on […]

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How to share an external hard drive between Mac and Windows

Compatibility issues between Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS may have diminished sharply over the years, but that doesn’t mean they’ve completely disappeared. Today, if you go out and buy a new external hard drive, you may notice that working between the two is an often demoralizing task. But it doesn’t need to be. A quick […]

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Microsoft unveils Windows Sandbox: Run any app in a disposable virtual machine

Enlarge F Delventhal A few months ago, Microsoft let slip a forthcoming Windows 10 feature that was, at the time, called InPrivate Desktop: a lightweight virtual machine for running untrusted applications in an isolated environment. That feature has now been officially announced with a new name, Windows Sandbox. Windows 10 already uses virtual machines to […]

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The Best Windows Micro Desktops for 2019

How to Find the Best Mini PC The term “microcomputer” has its origins in the 1970s—the “micro” of the personal computers emerging then lay in stark contrast to the room-size mainframe beasts of the day. But fast-forward 40 or so years, and—oh, micro, how you have changed! Indeed, most of the acceleration toward super-small in […]

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How to factory reset Windows

Windows computers are rarely quicker and easier to use than the day they ship from the factory. Over time, the accumulation of files misconfigured settings, and other factors slow down performance and impacts programs. If you find that your applications don’t run the way you expect, and opening and saving files takes longer than usual, […]

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Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Enlarge g4ll4is / Flickr There’s a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows’ venerable barebones text editor. Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn’t stopped there. […]

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Windows 10 1809: iCloud incompatibility fixed, but other blockers remain

Enlarge Patty’s Photos / Flickr While the rollout of Windows 10 version 1809 (the October 2018 Update) has been problematic, Microsoft really does try to avoid sending the update to configurations that it knows just won’t work properly. One of these situations involved PCs with Apple’s iCloud client. The system would break when trying to […]

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The Best Windows Tablets of 2018

Can a Tablet Replace Your Laptop? A tablet that’s as powerful as a conventional laptop but still slim and light enough to hold and tap with one hand was once the exclusive province of Hollywood’s imagination. But thanks to manufacturers’ ability to fit more powerful hardware into ever slimmer and lighter devices, it’s now possible […]

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To complement the new Windows 10 dark theme, Microsoft is adding a light theme

Enlarge / The new Windows 10 light theme. Microsoft While end users have been customizing the color schemes of their computers for decades, we’ve lately seen operating system developers follow their users’ lead with built-in, first-party support for dark themes. The dark theme was a big part of the appeal of macOS Mojave, and dark […]