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Is Microsoft already killing off Windows 7?

It sure looks like it’s regretting promising 18 more months of support for Windows 10’s biggest competitor.

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2-Minute Linux Tip: How to use the top command

In today’s Linux tip, we’re going to look at top – a favorite tool for examining performance on a Linux system. Want to pinpoint why your Linux system is running slowly? Top can shed a lot of light on that.

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Microsoft quietly cuts off Win7 support for older Intel computers

If you have a Pentium III, for example, you may no longer be able to install Win7 Monthly Rollups or Security-only patches, in spite of Microsoft's promise to support you until January 2020. It’s all about SSE2 and some retroactively...

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Android's sharing system is morphing into an unpredictable mess

One of Android's most powerful elements is losing its edge as poor design practices spread surprisingly far.

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Which Macs will run Apple's macOS Mojave?

The next version of Apple's desktop operating system arrives this fall. When it does, a number of Mac models won't be able to upgrade. Here's who's left out in the cold.

AI Windows patching, a new HoloLens and Office updates: the changes they are a-coming

Changes to Office and a Generation 3 HoloLens are coming, and Windows patching now uses artificial intelligence.

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Win10 Update Facilitation Service joins Update Assistant V2 to make sure you get patched

If you’ve been trying to keep Microsoft’s forced updates and upgrades off your machine, your job just got harder. With KB 4056254, we now have a new Win10 Update Facilitation Service joining its comrade-in-arms Update Assistant V2 to...

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Win10 (1803) declared 'fully available,' throwing Windows Update for Business under the bus

Microsoft says its new A.I. is so good, it’s ready to push Win10 version 1803 to your machine – and businesses should follow suit. Patching pros say, 'Wuh?' Hubris, thy name is Microsoft.

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Microsoft proclaims Windows 10 1803 enterprise-ready in record time

The 45-day interval between the launch of the latest feature upgrade to Windows 10 and the announcement that it's ready for business is the shortest yet.

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Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new builds of Windows 10 Redstone 5 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 17692, released on June 14, 2018.

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Microsoft previews Office 2019 for Mac

The beta of Office 2019 for Mac is meant for volume license customers who intend to run the 'perpetual' version of the suite, not Office 365 subscribers.

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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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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4284835 (OS Build 17134.112), released June 12, 2018.

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Microsoft walks away from Windows 7, Office 2013 support forums

Beginning in July, the company will stop participating in several Microsoft Community forums; business-oriented TechNet support discussion forums, however, will remain unchanged.

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RIP Macintosh: 1984–2018

You may still love your Mac, but Apple doesn’t share your passion.

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Make sure Windows auto update is temporarily turned off, and watch out for SMBv1 fixes

On Patch Tuesday, as usual, you’d be well advised to avoid the first round of traditionally buggy patches. A possible “fix” for the well-documented SMBv1 vulnerability may make this month particularly exciting.

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Microsoft axes support on Answers Forum for Win 7, 8.1, Office 2010, 2013, many Surfaces

On Saturday, a Microsoft contractor announced the end of Answers Forum support for Win 7 and 8.1, Office 2010 and 2013, Surface Pro and Pro 2, IE 10 and earlier, and Security Essentials. But what about buggy patches?

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Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration guide

With Windows 7 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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