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Published: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:55:34 +0000

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16 Cortana shortcuts, secrets, and power tips

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:00:15 +0000

The Cortana web service is tightly tied to Windows 10, which means you can get instant answers to some common questions and calculations without having to open a web browser. Here are 16 tricks that work directly in the Windows 10 search box.(image)

When will Microsoft end support for your version of Windows or Office?

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:51:00 +0000

"Set it and forget it" is no longer an option for the software that runs your business. For Windows 10, the support clock runs out sooner than you might expect. And the deadlines for Windows 7 and Office 2010 are just around the corner. Here's what you need to know.(image)

In Memoriam: All the consumer products Microsoft has killed off

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:49:00 +0000

In the early days of the PC revolution, Microsoft aggressively pursued the consumer market with products and services built for fun and games. In recent years, with the notable exception of Xbox and related gaming products, Microsoft has been killing off those products. Here's a look at the departed.(image)

Avoid Windows 10 crapware: How to get rid of Candy Crush and all the rest

Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:37:00 +0000

If you've installed a fresh copy of Windows 10 Pro lately, you've probably been unpleasantly surprised by the decidedly un-businesslike games and consumer apps splattered on the Start screen. Here are two ways to avoid installing Candy Crush and its companions in the first place.(image)

What's new in Windows 10 version 1803, the Spring Creators Update

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 12:02:00 +0000

The latest Windows 10 feature update includes the first public release of the Timeline feature as well as dozens of smaller enhancements to the Windows 10 user experience. Here's what you can expect.(image)

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: Act fast to delay this big upgrade

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:51:00 +0000

Each time Microsoft rolls out a major upgrade to Windows 10, you have the option to wait a few months before you install it on PCs running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. But you have to act quickly.(image)

Top Windows 10 questions: How to install, secure, upgrade, get it for free

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:40:00 +0000

In the past year, Ed Bott answered hundreds of questions about Windows 10. Here are the topics that readers found most interesting.(image)

Microsoft goes all in with Android apps for business

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:36:00 +0000

Over the past few years, Microsoft has embraced the Android operating system with surprising enthusiasm. Most of the company's 100+ apps in the Google Play Store are aimed at its business customers. Here's an overview of what you'll find for your Android phone.(image)

Windows 10 feature updates painfully slow? Relief is in sight

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:20:00 +0000

The biggest downside of Microsoft's twice-annual feature update schedule is the forced downtime as those updates install. A series of setup improvements in the Spring Creators Update promise to make the experience less painful.(image)

March security updates expand Meltdown-Spectre protection for Windows

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:46:25 +0000

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates for March include a variety of security updates for all supported Windows versions, as well as removing a compatibility check for antivirus software. A separate release significantly expands available microcode updates for affected Intel CPUs.(image)

Microsoft tweaks Windows 10 privacy settings in Insider test

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:05:00 +0000

In a new Windows 10 preview build released today, Microsoft is adding two new privacy settings and dividing members of its Insider preview program into groups that will test alternative setup configurations.(image)

Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Advanced: Is built-in mobile networking worth the price?

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:02:00 +0000

Microsoft's latest Surface Pro is made for mobile computing, with an embedded eSIM, an external SIM tray, and software support for fast cellular connectivity. But is built-in mobile networking worth the $150 price tag?(image)

Microsoft's steady retreat from consumer products is nearly complete

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:51:00 +0000

Two intertwined stories define Microsoft's recent history with consumer products and services. One is about bets that never paid off. The other involves shifting resources to business units that are thriving: enterprise software and cloud services.(image)

Microsoft announces new updates to protect against Spectre and Meltdown attacks

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 18:08:00 +0000

Additional versions of Windows 10 are now protected from these attacks, and Microsoft has begun releasing Intel microcode updates directly, but only for a small number of devices. Incompatible antivirus software remains a problem, however.(image)

Running Windows 10? Here's how Microsoft plans to milk more profits out of its cash cow

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:46:00 +0000

PC sales are down. Windows licensing revenue is flat. In its financial disclosures, Microsoft says it's actively looking for new monetization opportunities. Here's where you're likely to be asked to pay up.(image)

Windows 10 tip: Search for any file by date

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:41:42 +0000

Finding the right file can be frustrating, especially if you have a large number of files in multiple subfolders. If you know approximately when that file was saved, though, you can narrow the search quickly.(image)

Windows 10 performance and troubleshooting tips: Run faster, smoother, longer

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:22:00 +0000

Ed Bott's extensive collection of Windows 10 tips, organized by category. This page includes the most popular tips for performance and troubleshooting.(image)

Microsoft delivers free Meltdown-Spectre assessment tool for IT pros

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:00:00 +0000

Protecting an organization from attacks based on two widespread and potentially deadly security vulnerabilities requires monitoring software, firmware, and antivirus updates. New capabilities in Microsoft's Windows Analytics service display that status on a single dashboard.(image)

Windows 10 tip: How to capture and print Windows 10 screen

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:31:00 +0000

Windows 10 offers a wide range of built-in screen capture options. You can save the full screen, the active window, or a rectangular selection to a file or to the Clipboard for reuse in another app. Here are the keyboard shortcuts to memorize.(image)

Windows 10 tip: How to choose the right download package for a clean install

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:25:00 +0000

Microsoft makes the installation files for Windows 10 available from a variety of sources. If you download an ISO file from a site intended for IT pros or developers, you might be unable to create bootable media. Here's how to solve that problem.(image)