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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.

Microsoft updates Privacy Statement, addressing concerns from critics

Windows 10 isn't the only Redmond-based product that got a big update in the past few weeks. Microsoft recently revised its global Privacy Statement, with a few minor changes and some significant additions aimed at cooling overheated privacy concerns. Here are the details.

Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers

[Updated] There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. This FAQ includes details about the first big update, Windows 10 version 1511, released in November 2015.

?With November update, is Windows 10 ready for business?

Traditionally, IT pros take their time with new Windows versions. Microsoft is hoping it can accelerate enterprise deployments of Windows 10. Here are the three key questions that skeptical business managers will be asking.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: Good Microsoft, Bad Microsoft edition

When Microsoft is good, they're very very good, which is why Windows 10 users are about to get a big and very welcome update. But when Microsoft is bad, they take it out on consumers. This week, OneDrive users drew the short straw.

Is Windows 10 telemetry a threat to your personal privacy?

Microsoft has built an entirely new telemetry system for its 'Windows as a Service' engineering model. In Windows 10, you can dial data collection back almost to zero, but you can't turn it off completely. Here's why.

Microsoft reneges on 'unlimited' OneDrive storage promise for Office 365 subscribers

A little over a year ago, Microsoft announced with great fanfare that all Office 365 subscribers would get 'unlimited' OneDrive storage. Tonight, months after an executive shakeup, the company says it has no intention of keeping those promises.

Microsoft gives OEMs a deadline: one year, then no more new Windows 7 PCs

Want to buy a new Windows 7 PC? Better get busy, because there are only 364 shopping days left. As promised, Microsoft is providing one year's notice to PC makers on Windows 7's end of life. The clock starts now.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: Forced Windows 10 upgrades? Plus: Chrome OS farewell, unboxing Apple TV, startling Start screens

Microsoft really, really wants you to upgrade to Windows 10, as they explained this week. Elsewhere, new rumors have Chrome OS getting folded into Android, I learn that people still blog about unboxing Apple products, and Microsoft releases two OS previews in one day.

Why I dumped my iPhone 6 and went Android

After using an iPhone 6 Plus for six months, I've spent the past six months with Android devices. I expected it to be a learning experience. I didn't expect to find an Android device that is so much better than the iPhone for my needs that I can't imagine going back.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: Surface reviews, Ballmer disses Amazon, MSFT earnings surprise

A small army of reviewers delivered their mixed judgments on Microsoft's new Surface hardware this week. Also in the news: Steve Ballmer talks like it's 2007, Google gets kinder and gentler, and Wall Street loves it when Microsoft quietly lays off 1000 people.

First look: Surface Pro 4 adds refinement and polish

The fourth iteration of the Surface Pro family contains only minor improvements, but the overall effect is profound. This hybrid device isn't for everyone, but the small changes add up to a significantly better user experience.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: Accidental upgrades, insecure Android, and new life for old product keys

In the news this week: Microsoft swears its overly aggressive upgrade push was a mere configuration error and it won't happen again. Meanwhile, 90 percent of Android users should be concerned about security flaws, and maybe Apple forgot to sweat one detail on its new Magic Mouse 2.

Next big Windows 10 release will ease activation hassles

The latest preview release of Windows 10 includes the first glimpse of a new feature designed to eliminate one specific activation headache. When this change rolls out to the general public next month, you'll be able to use your Windows 7 or 8.1 product key to complete a Windows 10 upgrade.

Ed Bott's Weekly Wrap: New Surface devices, Azure adds Touch ID support, Google's 'do the right thing'

Microsoft's big Windows 10 launch heads the week's most interesting tech news. There's also a surprising change in the Google (now Alphabet) code of conduct, more support for Apple hardware from Microsoft, and big news for LastPass users

With new Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, Microsoft aims high

Microsoft unveiled two new Surface models in the laptop category yesterday. The Surface Pro 4 was pretty much as expected, but the Surface Book was a big surprise. Even more of a shock? Microsoft is pinning premium price tags on its new hardware.

Microsoft tries to clear the air on Windows 10 privacy furor

Executives in Redmond were caught flat-footed after this summer's Windows 10 launch by charges that the new operating system is spying on customers. Several new statements for consumers and IT pros today aim to explain why those accusations are unfounded.

?Windows 10 tips, tricks, secrets, and shortcuts: File Explorer

Even certified Windows masters can learn a trick or two from Ed Bott's series of how-to articles. This edition covers tips, tricks, secrets, and shortcuts for using File Explorer.

Office 2016: The Empire strikes back

It might not look all that different from recent predecessors, but the latest version of Microsoft Office has a ton of changes under the covers, most of them aimed at playing catch-up to the collaborative strengths of Google Apps.

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