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Revealed! The crucial detail that Windows 10 privacy critics are missing

Here we go again. The usual suspects are trying to turn routine diagnostic information into another manufactured privacy controversy over Windows 10. Don't fall for it. (PS: You won't believe what Apple's privacy policy says.)

Android Wars 2016: Google surrenders to Oracle as Microsoft allies with Cyanogen

In a surprise development, Google has abandoned its own Java standard libraries for those of Oracle. The move might be the first step in settling an ongoing lawsuit, but the implications for the Android community are profound. And it offers a possible opening for Microsoft.

Windows 10's end-of-year report card: Room for improvement in 2016

It's no exaggeration to say that Microsoft's future hinges on how well it can handle the transition to Windows 10. In 2015, the company delivered its first official release and its first major update. So how'd they do? I'm handing out the end-of-term grades.

Microsoft accused of releasing 'worst patch yet' for Windows 10 (spoiler: it's not true)

In an all-too-typical pattern, InfoWorld accused Microsoft of releasing a horribly flawed, data-destroying security update for Windows 10, KB3124200. There's only one small problem: That update does no such thing. Is it too much to ask tech reporters to gather some facts before hurling accusations?

How to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Pro without hassles

You've got a new PC (or an old, freshly upgraded one) running Windows 10 Home. You want to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. Here's how to get the job done quickly. You can even get the upgrade for no extra cost if you have an unused Pro or Ultimate product key from an older version of Windows.

Microsoft's on-again-off-again relationship with the Chinese government is on again

In Beijing, Microsoft and the Chinese government sign a deal that could bring Windows 10 to government-owned computers.

Microsoft releases 2015's final Windows 10 preview build, promises faster pace next year

Just ahead of the holiday lull, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview build today. Set your expectations accordingly: there are no new features to be found in build 11082. Instead, most of the work is in preparation for an accelerated release pace in 2016.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: OneDrive's apology, iOS and Chrome enterprise bugs, Live Writer returns

If you're a network admin using Google Chrome or managing iOS devices, last week was not a good one. Also in the news: Microsoft's apology for last month's OneDrive mess, complete with a modest make-good offer for loyal customers, and the return of Windows Live Writer as an open source project.

Microsoft apologizes for offending OneDrive fans, but won't restore unlimited storage

Customers of Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service got an unwelcome surprise last month, with the company dropping its promised 'unlimited storage' option and drastically reducing free tiers. Today, the company apologized for its poor communication and announced a new offer to restore the old free limits for some OneDrive users.

Who's still using Internet Explorer? And why won't they upgrade?

On January 12, 2016, Microsoft is officially dropping support for all but the latest version of Internet Explorer. For a surprisingly high number of laggards, it's time to upgrade or face a world of hurt. So what's holding them back...

Hands-on with Windows 10: Upgrading, installing and activating in the real world

Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Here's what you need to know before you upgrade, including details about activation and product keys. [Updated December 2, 2015]

Is Amazon's online storage really 'unlimited'? Read the fine print

Amazon's Black Friday offer of "unlimited" storage in its Amazon Cloud Drive service has been getting plenty of attention. But read the terms of service before you dive in, and you'll find some substantial limits. Here are the detai...

Windows Defender removes potentially dangerous Dell certificate

Days after security experts identified a self-signed root certificate that could allow attackers to gain access to some Dell PCs, Microsoft is using its built-in security software to neutralize the threat.

?U.S. Government data shows Windows 10 usage climbing as Windows 7 share drops sharply

The latest data from the massive United States Digital Analytics program shows that Windows 10 usage has climbed sharply, with older versions, including Windows 7 and Windows XP, dropping steeply. The only other desktop platform showing signs of growth is Chrome OS.

Perfectly legal ways you can still get Windows 7 cheap (or even free)

Windows 7 is more than six years old. Most of the cheap upgrade offers that were available when it was fresh and new are long gone. But if you prefer the familiar Windows 7 interface (or need it for testing and evaluation) you can still find great deals. Here are all the details you need.

Microsoft reverses course, restores downloads of Windows 10 November Update

Last weekend, Microsoft suddenly pulled its online tool for downloading the latest Windows 10 installation files. Today, the company explained the seemingly minor bug responsible for the decision, and has now made the tool available again.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: Windows 10 update disappears, Amazon adds 2FA, Lumia fails to inspire

What should have been a routing update for Windows 10 has suddenly turned into a mystery. Also, Amazon adds two-factor authentication, the latest Lumia phone gets lukewarm reviews, and Windows turns 30.

Microsoft yanks latest Windows 10 release from its download server

Without explanation, Microsoft has removed the just-released November update (version 1511) from the download page it offers to the general public. The media creation tool now downloads the initial release of Windows 10 instead.

30 years of Windows: 10 milestones that changed the face of computing

When Windows 1.0 arrived 30 years ago, it hardly seemed like a juggernaut. Apple had beaten Microsoft to the punch with the Mac OS, and Windows was mostly a shell on top of MS-DOS. Here's a record of three decades of successes and missteps that took us from Windows 1.0 to Windows 10.

How to take control of Windows 10 updates and upgrades (even if you don't own a business)

Thanks to a new feature in Windows 10 version 1511, you can now postpone or pause Windows 10 upgrades and updates. You don't have to be an IT pro to use Windows Update for Business (although it helps), but you'll need a business edition of Windows 10. I've got the details here.

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