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Windows 10 to launch 'this summer' with free upgrades for pirated copies

Windows 10 is officially in the home stretch, with Microsoft's top Windows executive committing to a summer launch date and, in a surprise announcement, offering free upgrades on PCs running pirated editions of earlier Windows versi...

Microsoft to add 'enterprise grade' biometric security to Windows 10

At the WinHEC conference in China today, Microsoft debuted a new biometric authentication feature called Windows Hello. The ambitious technology, which uses fingerprint and iris recognition to replace passwords, will debut in Windows 10 devices later this year.

Microsoft promises drastic cuts in disk space use for Windows 10

The increasing popularity of SSDs and flash-based storage have created a big problem for Windows, and that problem is getting worse as OEMs shrink storage on cheap tablets to save costs. To address the problem, Microsoft is making some radical changes in Windows 10.

Cortana getting more capabilities this fall, coming to iOS and Android next?

A Reuters report today says Microsoft is working on a major update to its Cortana personal assistant technology. The report also cites unnamed sources predicting the company will release Cortana as a standalone app for other platforms. But you might have a long wait.

Microsoft to accelerate its release pace for Windows 10 preview

If you're testing the Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has a friendly word of advice for you: Fasten your seat belt. And if you're worried about the risk of crashing, consider downgrading to the Slow ring.

What was in this month's super-sized batch of Windows and Office updates?

No, it wasn't just you. This month's Patch Tuesday updates from Microsoft contained an epic number of updates. Here's what was included.

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday updates block a pair of high-profile exploits

This month's Patch Tuesday includes a dozen updates for Windows, including two fixes for vulnerabilities that have been publicly disclosed. In addition to five Critical updates, today's list includes fixes for the cross-platform FREAK flaw.

With new Office 2016 preview, Microsoft brings Mac users into the modern era

Today's preview release of new Office apps for the Mac brings much of the familiar Office for Windows interface to Mac users. It's a long-overdue update to the cluttered Office for Mac interface. Here's what you'll find.

Oracle extends its adware bundling to include Java for Macs

For years, Oracle has tormented Windows users by bundling adware with its Java installer for Windows PCs. With the most recent update of Java for the Mac, Oracle has begun including the same adware as part of a default installation, using the same deceptive techniques.

?Is it time to force PC makers to disclose how much they make from crapware?

When it preinstalled the Superfish adware on consumer PCs, Lenovo sold its customers out for a pittance, but it still hasn't had to disclose how much it received. Maybe it's time for a Truth in Labeling act to shine a light on this dark corner of the PC market.

Microsoft now allowing downloads of retail Windows 7 copies

Through a new website, Microsoft is allowing some of its customers to download Windows 7 installation media in ISO format. But if you're hoping to repair or refresh an OEM installation of Windows 7, you're out of luck. I've got the details here.

Microsoft updates Windows Defender to remove Superfish infection

That was fast. Roughly 24 hours after news emerged that an unknown number of Lenovo PCs were infected with potentially dangerous software, Microsoft released a tool that automatically removes the offending code.

The Windows 8 scrap heap: 10 features that didn't make it to Windows 10

Windows 8 was filled with bold ideas, designed to move Windows forward in one giant leap. Three years later, as Windows 10 nears its release date, many of those innovative ideas are gone. Here's a look at what's been tossed away, and why.

A closer look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones

The first Windows 10 release specifically targeted at phones is finally available. Here's what you'll find inside.

Will your phone run the Windows 10 Technical Preview?

The Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, released yesterday, will install only on a handful of Windows Phone models. But even if your device is on the compatibility list, it might not be eligible for the preview. Here's what to look for.

8 essential Microsoft business apps for Android phones

Who's the busiest developer on Android these days? Some of the most impressive business apps are coming from an unlikely source, with Microsoft's business apps appearing on the Google Play Store and getting rave reviews.

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday release leaves one big vulnerability unpatched

This month's Patch Tuesday release includes three updates rated Critical, including a massive security update that fixes more than 40 flaws in Internet Explorer. A recently disclosed XSS vulnerability remains unpatched, however, and one Windows Server 2003 bug won't be fixed.

Windows 10 release date rumors challenge traditional development schedule

If the latest rumors are true, Microsoft is on track to release Windows 10 to its hardware partners as early as June. But in the new era of continuous development, RTM is just another milestone. Here's what it really means for businesses and consumers.

Protect yourself from Flash attacks in Internet Explorer

Another day, another zero-day exploit in Flash Player. How do you protect yourself from Flash-based attacks? Disable Flash except on sites where you explicitly allow it. Good news: This feature is built into IE and can be enabled with two clicks.

Hands-on with the new Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for Windows 10 tablets

Touch-friendly versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now available in preview editions for use on devices running Windows 10. Here's what you'll find in each one.

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