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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the Insider Preview builds

Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 19041.172 for the Slow ring, released on March 26, 2020.

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Microsoft to stop serving non-security monthly updates to Windows

The updates, normally released during the third and fourth week of each month, will stop in May.

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Reading between the lines about Microsoft 'pausing optional updates'

Starting in May, Microsoft won’t be releasing separate “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patches for Win10. That much is clear -- and welcome. But what about the bugs that have to be fixed? What happens to testing? Will the new...

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Pandemic will push Microsoft to repeat 2019's major-minor Win10 upgrade cadence

The ongoing coronavirus outbreak makes it even more likely Microsoft will release a minor update for Windows 10 this fall.

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Microsoft Patch Alert: March 2020 brings two ‘sky-is-falling’ warnings, with no problems in sight

We’ve seen two – count ‘em two – security holes this month accompanied by blaring “Microsoft warns millions of users” clickbait-y headlines. Bah. Humbug. Once again, there’s no immediate threat. Here’s what you really need to know.

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Power play

They’re redefining ‘power user.’

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Take your time, get it right for March Patch Tuesday

With 115 patches, this will be a difficult set of updates to release and manage. Test the changes to each platform, create a staged rollout plan and wait for imminent changes from Microsoft.

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Memory-Lane Monday: Say, this is almost as easy as Linux!

Some support is more basic than others.

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Flashback Friday: She’s right — that doesn’t work

Let’s start at the beginning.

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Flashback Friday: Snow job

But you said the labor would be free!

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Answering your Windows questions: February 2020

Computerworld Windows expert Preston Gralla and Executive Editor Ken Mingis answer viewers' questions about the latest Windows 10 release and other Windows-related topics. If you have a question, post it as a comment.

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RIP: Larry Tesler, inventor of copy & paste

Tesler, who was 74, invented a user interface while at Xerox PARC that most of us rely on each day.

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Windows as we know it is dead; what comes next?

Microsoft’s recent organizational change combining the Windows and Surface groups will have a big impact on the quality, reliability, and innovation of PCs – and should result in higher customer satisfaction. While it puts PC OEMs...

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Microsoft springs last-minute demand on buyers of Windows 7 after-expiration support

IT admins who signed up for Windows 7 post-retirement support found out there's a new prerequisite that has to be installed before they can download patches they've already paid for.

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A large – but manageable – February Patch Tuesday brings critical browser updates

The 99 reported vulnerabilities addressed by Microsoft for this February's Patch Tuesday are manageable – even with critical browser patches to deal with.

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Patch Tuesday: 99 holes, 'exploited' IE fix, Win7 mayhem and UEFI ghost

Microsoft’s February 2020 Patch Tuesday fixes are out, and the result is a huge, jumbled mess. With 164 patches plugging 99 separately identified security holes, klaxon calls to fix an “exploited” IE JScript hole, an unidentified UEFI...

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Anticipating IBM’s coming virtual desktop pivot

With its recent cloud success and a new CEO, IBM is likely to put forth a powerful competitor to the coming Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop. This Virtual Desktop move will undoubtedly change the PC landscape, with IBM holding the...

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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.

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