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This month's Patch Tuesday list includes three Critical security updates

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday menu for May consists of another long list of security updates for Windows, Office, and more. Only three of the Windows updates are rated Critical, however.

Microsoft's big Windows 10 goal: one billion or bust

Earlier this month, Microsoft executives laid out a lofty goal: one billion devices running Windows 10 within two to three years. That sounds like a big number, but how tough will it really be to hit that target?

Three questions to ask before buying a Surface 3

Microsoft's latest member of the Surface family is a solid value for anyone on a budget. But its three unique features are either tremendous advantages or dealbreakers, depending on your point of view.

R.I.P., Windows Media Center

Microsoft discontinued development of Windows Media Center in 2009, but enthusiasts have held out hope that the feature would get one more reprieve for Windows 10. Sorry, folks, that's not happening.

Windows 10's summer launch date is first step in a slow roll-out

What's next for Windows 10? Microsoft executives revealed more details of their launch plans today. The first step will make upgrades available for existing PCs, probably in July, with new PCs following soon after. Windows 10 on other devices, including phones and the HoloLens, will come later.

Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 10074

On the first day of its Build developers' conference, Microsoft has released a new preview of Windows 10, the third new version in 30 days. Here's what's inside.

Windows 10 build 10061 under the microscope: Can Microsoft hit its summer launch deadline?

The launch deadline for Windows 10 is approaching fast, perhaps only 90 days away. Yesterday's release of Technical Preview Build 10061 deserves extra scrutiny. Does it inspire confidence in a solid upgrade this summer?

Microsoft unveils plans for stronger encryption and tighter controls over Office 365 data

In the post-Snowden era, how do American cloud companies deal with business customers who are nervous about unauthorized access to corporate data? Microsoft's answer is more encryption and tighter access restrictions.

This month's second Patch Tuesday brings 34 Windows updates, all optional

The bad news: Microsoft just released 34 updates for Windows. The good news? They're all optional, none are security-related, and most fix issues you're unlikely to ever encounter. Here's a full list of what you'll see in Windows Update.

Get Windows 10: Microsoft's hidden roadmap for the biggest software upgrade in history

Beginning this summer, Microsoft will begin offering free Windows 10 upgrades to hundreds of millions of PCs. A recent Windows Update contains details about how the Get Windows 10 (GWX) program will work.

Windows and Office get four Critical updates for Patch Tuesday

It's another Patch Tuesday, with this month's update including a slew of security fixes in a cumulative update for Internet Explorer. The most important patch on the list blocks an Office exploit that's already being used in "limited attacks" in the wild.

Windows 10 Mobile Preview: Not ready for primetime (yet)

The latest build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones made it into the hands of beta testers over the weekend. Although it boasts a few interesting new features, some very rough edges and key missing pieces make this release for diehard testers only

Hands on with Office Online and Dropbox: A surprisingly smooth combo

Microsoft and Dropbox announced the latest move in their partnership today, with the availability of direct connections to Dropbox accounts from Office Online. Here's how it works.

A first look at Microsoft's smaller, lighter Surface 3, now with full Windows

Microsoft's newest tablet/PC hybrid is aimed at would-be PC buyers for whom the Surface Pro 3 is too big, too expensive, or both. So what do you get for a starting price of $499?

Six surprising facts about who's winning the operating system and browser wars in the U.S.

The United States government has given the public access to its massive analytics database, and the results are fascinating. What share does the Mac really have? Is Windows 8.1 a hit or a miss? Who's winning the browser wars? I've dug deep to get the answers.

Latest Windows 10 preview release (build 10041) goes to wider audience

Less than a week after releasing a long-delayed new build of Windows 10, Microsoft has begun rolling it out to a wider audience. An important security update and a rollup of bug fixes are also part of the latest release.

Windows 10 to launch 'this summer' with free upgrades even 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 showed off 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's Patch Tuesday updates block a pair of high-profile exploits

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

Microsoft's obsession with piracy threatens to create a Windows 10 licensing mess

Microsoft wants Windows 10 to run on every PC worldwide, which is why they're offering it as a free upgrade to everyone running Windows 7 or 8.1. But the company's obsession with "genuine" Windows threatens to scuttle that grand pla...

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