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Microsoft releases tool to hide or block unwanted Windows 10 updates

Windows 10 testers who've complained about mandatory updates in Microsoft's new operating system might have a solution at hand. The tool, available as an optional download, lets you hide or block any update for Windows or a hardware driver.

Windows 10 and the cloud: Still hazy after all these years

Microsoft is a master of the cloud, running solid and successful commercial services based on its excellent cloud infrastructure. But when Windows 10 launches next week, the new client for its signature OneDrive services will be MIA. Here's why, and what's next.

Microsoft commits to 10-year support lifecycle for Windows 10

It's been a bad week for conspiracy theorists. As the Windows 10 launch nears, Microsoft is clearing up loose ends. Today's announcement of a 10-year support commitment for Windows 10 should remove one persistent bit of FUD from the discussion.

Microsoft releases new license terms for Windows 10: Biggest surprise? No gotchas

Sorry, conspiracy theorists: The new documents are simple and straightforward, with absolutely no gotchas.

A closer look at Office 2016 for the Mac

Here's a quick tour of the official Office 2016 release for the Mac, now available to Office 365 subscribers.

New Office 2016 for Mac makes life easier for the cross-platform crowd

If you regularly switch between a Windows PC and a Mac, here's some good news. The just-released Office 2016 keeps the familiar Mac look and feel but overhauls the user experience to ease the pain of going back and forth. It's available now for Office 365 subscribers.

With a nod and a wink, Microsoft gives away Windows 10 to anyone who asks

Yes, Microsoft is giving Windows away for free to people who don't technically qualify for the upgrade. That's a good deal, but it's not that big a deal. Here's why.

Gartner says sales of hybrid devices will soar in 2015

The PC market may be down worldwide, but the future is bright for two-in-one notebooks and convertible tablets. A new Gartner report says sales in this category will rise 77 percent in 2015. The report also offers the first independent estimates of how well Microsoft's Surface devices are selling.

Microsoft's transition from traditional software to the cloud is picking up steam

As CEO Satya Nadella nears the end of his first full fiscal year, Microsoft's transformation continues. The share of revenue from traditional software licensing has dropped, especially for Windows. But two new categories are growing fast.

June's Patch Tuesday is remarkably light

For the past several months, Microsoft's Patch Tuesday releases have been punishingly large. This month, Windows and Office users get a break.

How to turn your Windows 10 upgrade files into an ISO disk image

One question I've been asked more than any other in recent weeks is whether Microsoft will release Windows 10 in ISO format. No one outside Redmond knows yet, but in the meantime there's an option: Make your own ISO files. Here's ho...

Will your PC run Windows 10? Use the official compatibility checker to find out

The Get Windows 10 app lets you register for a free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. But it also keeps a list of potential upgrade issues you might need to deal with. Here's how to check your own compatibility report.

Online reseller leaks OEM prices and on-sale dates for Windows 10

A major software reseller in the U,S, has begun taking preorders for Windows 10 OEM software, in the process leaking prices and the apparent availability date of the software. Surprisingly, Microsoft is actually raising OEM prices in this cycle.

Mozilla abandons Firefox tracking protection initiative: Is privacy protection impossible?

A hidden feature in the open-source Firefox browser can cut load times for modern web pages nearly in half. So why isn't this feature easy to find and enable? Blame the well-funded online advertising industry.

With build 10122, Windows 10 finally starts coming together

It's not a release candidate, but the latest Windows 10 preview has plenty of interesting new features and apps to explore. Here are some first impressions on what's improved and what's still missing in action.

Windows 10 upgrades won't be free for everyone: Do you qualify?

Microsoft's free upgrade offer for Windows 10 comes with an asterisk and some fine print. Most modern PCs qualify, but beware if you build or buy custom PCs or you want to run Windows 10 in a virtual machine. I've got the details.

Nvidia releases first WHQL-certified video driver for Windows 10

In yet another sign that Windows 10 is hurtling toward its official release at full speed, Nvidia has released Microsoft-signed certified drivers for Windows 10. They've got a leg up on their two main rivals, ATI and Intel.

Microsoft says it's taking over updates for Windows 10 Mobile devices

It's not exactly Android-style fragmentation, but Windows Phone users are perennially frustrated at carriers dragging their feet on operating system updates. That's all changing with Windows 10 Mobile, the company says. And this time they mean it.

With the launch of its Edge browser, Microsoft ends an antitrust era

This week, Microsoft's browser developers made a startling announcement. As Internet Explorer rides off into the sunset, the company declared that its new Windows 10 browser, Edge, is an app. That's an enormous change from its antitrust arguments years ago.

Windows 10 editions: Everything you need to know

Microsoft's announcement of how it plans to package Windows 10 is yet another case where the lawyers and marketers turned a simple story into gibberish. Here's the spin-free version.

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