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Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Your one-stop source for Chrome OS advice, insight, and analysis — from someone who's covered Chromebooks closely since the start.

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Disappearing Windows Update deferral pane suddenly reappears

An unexplained and unacknowledged bug in Win10 version 1903 Pro Windows Update advanced options made deferral settings vanish. Without any forewarning, it appears as if the bug has been fixed in October’s 'optional, non-security'...

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Duck Duck Go offers Mac users even more privacy

Duck Duck Go has revamped its Privacy Essentials extension for Safari users on Catalina.

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Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide

With Windows 7 rapidly approaching the end-of-support deadline, it’s time to get cracking on upgrading your organization to Windows 10. Use this planner to help ensure a successful migration.

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Google's Chrome OS upgrade changes are a solid start

Google is committing to a more sensible approach for Chromebook software support. Huzzah! Now let's see where this takes us.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 hits the accelerator as support cliff nears

A little over two months from its end-of-support deadline, Windows 7 saw its market share slide even further in October.

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Do you really need a Chief Mobility Officer? (Spoiler alert: nope)

While C-level positions were all the rage when mobility was new in the enterprise, the role of CMO – while still somewhat prevalent – is now largely unnecessary and could even hurt your bottom line.

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With a few exceptions, all’s clear to install Microsoft’s October patches

October started in the cellar, with a third-time attempt at patching the CVE-2019-1367 Internet Explorer zero-day that nobody needed, but the situation has gradually improved. Get the October patches installed, but watch out for a...

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How to block the Windows 10 November 2019 Update, version 1909, from installing

True to its trend toward simpler, less in-your-face updates, Windows 10 version 1909 presents a very genteel face — an invitation to install, rather than a “gotcha” grab for your PC. If you want to take control of your computer and...

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Microsoft Patch Alert: October updates bring problems with Start, RDP, Ethernet, older VB programs

After a horrendously buggy start, October patching turned into a traditionally messy grab bag of botches. We’re still tracking update-induced bugs in Start, Search, RDP disconnects, and older Visual Basic programs. Microsoft...

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What happens after Windows 7's retirement?

The January end-of-support deadline for Windows 7 is fast approaching. Here's a rundown of some of the issues companies should keep in mind as that date draws near.

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Microsoft pushes, then yanks, rogue kinda-security patch KB 4523786, ostensibly for Autopilot

Did you see a security patch for 'Autopilot on Win10 version 1903”'yesterday? Gotcha. Microsoft pushed it to many 1903 seekers — those who clicked 'Check for updates' — then pulled it overnight. It was supposed to go on...

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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020 and beyond.

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Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps

These guides will help you find your way around several generations of Microsoft’s Office apps for Windows — and Windows itself.

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The difference between Defer updates, Pause updates and Delay updates — and what happens with Win10 1909

Terminology surrounding Windows patches frequently goes through gut-wrenching, inexplicable changes — think Current Branch for Business, Semi-Annual Channel, and all the (Targeted) bafflegab. There’s another change afoot, though, with...

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Getting pushed off Win10 1803? Don’t let Microsoft make you move to 1903.

Windows 10 version 1803 hits end of support on Nov. 12 — which means the last security patches will appear next Patch Tuesday. Some customers report that Microsoft is getting very aggressive pushing their 1803 machines to 1903. You...

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Windows 7 Pro gets nag patch KB 4524752 with a couple of eerily familiar registry keys

Last night, as promised, Microsoft started rolling out the patch to Windows 7 Pro that implements 'Support for Windows 7 is coming to an end' nag screens. While all indications at this point say that the nagging is tame, there’s an...

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Is it time to rethink Windows?

The ongoing move from desktop computing to the cloud, the coming move to quantum computing and what it means for the future of tech.

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Microsoft starts nagging Windows 7 Pro users about end of support

As the January end-of-support deadline for the aged OS approaches, Microsoft is ramping up efforts to get users to move to Windows 10.

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This month’s Win10 1903 patch throws 'unexpected error; quitting' and doesn’t play well with an Intel video driver

The first October cumulative update for Win10 version 1903, KB 4517389, triggers many complaints about rogue 'X' marks, black screens in Chrome, and an unnerving 'unexpected error; quitting' message on older programs. Microsoft hasn’t...

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