You've just upgraded to the most recent version of Windows 10. Before you get back to work, use this checklist to ensure that your privacy and security settings are correct and that you've cut annoyances to a bare minimum.
Whether you are responsible for a single Windows 10 PC or thousands of enterprise PCs, your challenges for managing updates are the same. Your goals are to install security updates promptly, manage feature updates intelligently, and prevent unexpected restarts from cutting into productivity.
If you've spent years mastering the ins and outs of Windows Update, prepare to do some unlearning. Windows 10, with its emphasis on "Windows as a service," keeps rewriting the rules of updates and upgrades. Here's what you need to know. [Updated June 2020]
What attacker needs to risk burning a zero-day flaw when targets leave critical Exchange bugs unpatched for months?
Only Windows 10 on Arm could run on Apple's future Arm-based Macs, but Microsoft's license doesn't permit it.
Microsoft has made a change, acknowledged publicly this week, in how manual deferral of Windows 10 feature updates will be handled by business users starting with the May 2020/2004 update.
One release channel isn't enough. Microsoft just rearranged the Windows Insider Program, but the company missed an opportunity to help mainstream customers who are unwittingly signing up as beta testers with each new release.
Forced reboots are affecting some machines running Windows 10 version 1809 and above.
Microsoft is trying to bring feature parity to its Skype for Windows 10 clients and is now making its former Skype UWP app an Electron app in the process.
Outlook is getting snagged on an error that it offers to fix but can't.
Microsoft's first preview of Windows Terminal since version 1.0 includes a number of new settings and features.
The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs via Windows Update.
Microsoft brings malware scanning to firmware on Windows 10 PCs.
Mobile app store tolls justify antitrust law, says Microsoft's Brad Smith.
Microsoft's Project Reunion effort unlocks a potentially huge memory-use reduction for Google Chrome and Edge.
These laptops conform to Microsoft’s Windows 10 Secured-core PC requirements and have been tested to meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G standards.
The world’s first laptop with a Mini LED display.
A gaming laptop with a premium sandblasted core black chassis.
The new 15.6-inch GE66 Raider features the latest CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics and an ultrafast 300Hz display powered by a massive 99.9 Whr battery.
Microsoft started working on the hybrid devices that now make up the Surface family back in 2009. The group has made some missteps along the way, but today its lineup of Windows 10 devices is genuinely impressive and widely imitated. Here's how the brand has evolved.
At the dawn of the Internet age, Microsoft used every trick it knew to dominate the World Wide Web. That strategy worked for a few years, but aggressive antitrust enforcement and equally aggressive competitors crushed the company's onetime dominance. Here's a quarter-century of history that explains just what happened.
A clean install is the perfect way to get a fresh start with a Windows PC. Use this checklist to make sure you take care of the small details that make a big difference in productivity
Every installation of Windows 10 includes a huge collection of built-in apps. Some are Universal apps that are updated from the Microsoft Store. Others are legacy apps that hang around because other programs expect them to be there. If you prefer a tidy system, many (but not all) of these apps can be uninstalled, especially if you prefer a third-party alternative. This gallery offers a comprehensive look at how to unclutter your copy of Windows 10.
Windows 10 version 1903, which will be officially dubbed the May 2019 Update, begins rolling out soon. Here are some of the new capabilities you can expect in yet another feature-packed semi-annual release. (This gallery is based on a near-final Insider Preview release.)
If you're an owner of a newer MacBook, then you'll know that your choice of ports has dwindled down to, well, USB-C ports. But fear not! This doesn't mean that you need to buy new accessories. What you need is the Anker 7-in-1 USB-C hub. Not that this will also work with Windows PCs that have a USB-C port, as well as Chromebooks and smartphones and tablets kitted out with USB-C.
Windows 10 version 1809, officially the October 2018 Update,started rolling out October 2. Here are some of the new capabilities you can expect in this surprisingly feature-packed release. (This gallery is based on a near-final Insider Preview release.)
macOS is a great platform, but there are times when some Mac users still need access to Windows and Windows apps.
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.
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.
Make the operating system work for you and your device.
Windows 10 users find a new glitch with certain configurations, missed by Microsoft in testing the latest feature update.
Microsoft brings malware scanning to firmware on Windows 10 PCs.
You may be able to easily run your Windows programs on Chromebooks soon.
Once you get the May 2020 Windows 10 update, you also get this new pack, which Microsoft officials oddly won't discuss.
You've just upgraded to the most recent version of Windows 10. Before you get back to work, do these seven things to cut annoyances to a bare minimum.
Ed Bott explains how the new Project Reunion API will change the way Windows developers work and why consumers and small businesses might not notice the changes. Read more: https://zd.net/2X8FeD2
Linux on Windows just took a big graphical desktop step forward with Microsoft's plans for Windows Subsystem for Linux.
PUA/PUP-blocking option to be added in Windows 10 May 2020 update.
There's a handful of apps that users should install before doing anything else.
Microsoft beefs up chat features in Microsoft Teams to take on rivals like Zoom and Google Meet.
Microsoft releases a public preview of Rust/WinRT for Rust programming language developers to test.
As Windows 10 gets ready to mark its five-year anniversary, Ed Bott looks back on what it was supposed to be and what it became. Read more: https://zd.net/3eBvisv