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The Best Windows Micro Desktops for 2019

How to Find the Best Mini PC The term “microcomputer” has its origins in the 1970s—the “micro” of the personal computers emerging then lay in stark contrast to the room-size mainframe beasts of the day. But fast-forward 40 or so years, and—oh, micro, how you have changed! Indeed, most of the acceleration toward super-small in […]

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Latest Windows Insider build makes a major upgrade to, uh… Notepad

Enlarge g4ll4is / Flickr There’s a new Windows Insider build out today, and the biggest changes appear to be none other than Notepad, Windows’ venerable barebones text editor. Notepad already received a significant update in the recent October 2018 Update: Microsoft added support for files with Unix-style line endings. But the work hasn’t stopped there. […]

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Windows on ARM was a failure. Here’s what makes Qualcomm’s latest attempt different

The PC industry is a business of very old partnerships. They aren’t easily broken. On a rainy California afternoon in advance of the Snapdragon Summit in Maui, we were granted a glimpse into the inner workings of a company that has become synonymous with smartphones to discuss Qualcomm’s venture into the PC space. It’s a […]

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Windows 10 1809: iCloud incompatibility fixed, but other blockers remain

Enlarge Patty’s Photos / Flickr While the rollout of Windows 10 version 1809 (the October 2018 Update) has been problematic, Microsoft really does try to avoid sending the update to configurations that it knows just won’t work properly. One of these situations involved PCs with Apple’s iCloud client. The system would break when trying to […]

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The Best Windows Tablets of 2018

Can a Tablet Replace Your Laptop? A tablet that’s as powerful as a conventional laptop but still slim and light enough to hold and tap with one hand was once the exclusive province of Hollywood’s imagination. But thanks to manufacturers’ ability to fit more powerful hardware into ever slimmer and lighter devices, it’s now possible […]

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To complement the new Windows 10 dark theme, Microsoft is adding a light theme

Enlarge / The new Windows 10 light theme. Microsoft While end users have been customizing the color schemes of their computers for decades, we’ve lately seen operating system developers follow their users’ lead with built-in, first-party support for dark themes. The dark theme was a big part of the appeal of macOS Mojave, and dark […]

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update is back, this time without deleting your data

Enlarge / This message, shown during Windows upgrades, is going to be salt in the wound. Just over a month since its initial release, Microsoft is making the Windows 10 October 2018 Update widely available today. The update was withdrawn shortly after its initial release due to the discovery of a bug causing data loss. […]

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Your new PC may have shipped with an unsupported version of Windows 10

Mark Coppock/Digital Trends If you bought a Windows laptop or tablet recently, or are looking to buy one this holiday, there may be a chance that your device shipped with an unsupported version of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Because Microsoft delayed its latest version of Windows, PC manufacturers creating Always-Connected PCs powered by Qualcomm’s […]

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Windows 10 users finding their legit installs are being deactivated

What’s the fucking shit with you, MS, pic.twitter.com/Bw9n7MbJ7v — FaiKee (@FaiKeeF) November 8, 2018 For reasons that are currently unclear, Windows 10 Professional users are finding that their properly licensed installations are being deactivated. On systems affected by the issue, Windows is complaining that a Windows 10 Home license key is being used with a […]

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You Can Now Get Amazon Alexa on Your Windows 10 PC

Move over, Cortana. Windows 10 PC users now have access to another virtual assistant: Alexa. Amazon just announced that its Alexa for PC app is now available for download on compatible Windows 10 devices. Head over to the Windows Store to grab it for free. This is good news for Windows 10 PC owners, especially […]

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update still not released, running out of October

Enlarge / Who doesn’t love some new Windows? Peter Bright / Flickr Microsoft is making yet more fixes to Windows 10 build 17763, the build that has been blessed as the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. The update was initially published on the second Tuesday of the month, but within a few days, Microsoft had […]

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Half of enterprise machines run Windows 10, as Windows 7’s end of life looms

Enlarge / Who doesn’t love some new Windows? Peter Bright / Flickr On Microsoft’s earnings call for the first quarter of its 2019 financial year, CEO Satya Nadella said that “more than half of the commercial device installed base is on Windows 10.” A Microsoft spokesperson “clarified” this to say, “based on Microsoft’s data, we […]

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Another Windows 0-day flaw has been published on Twitter

https://t.co/1Of8EsOW8z Here’s a low quality bug that is a pain to exploit.. still unpatched. I’m done with all this anyway. Probably going to get into problems because of being broke now.. but whatever. — SandboxEscaper (@SandboxEscaper) October 23, 2018 SandboxEscaper, a researcher who back in August tweeted out a Windows privilege escalation bug, has published […]

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A new bug in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update could delete your files

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update has been on a rough path and things aren’t necessarily getting easier for Microsoft. In the latest set of issues, a new bug is impacting native Windows 10 zip file operations, potentially leading to overwritten files in some instances. This latest bug impacts just the native Windows 10 zip […]

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Samsung launches Snapdragon 850-powered Windows 2-in-1

Samsung Galaxy Book2 from the front. Samsung Samsung Galaxy Book2 from the side. Samsung Samsung Galaxy Book2 from the side, without the keyboard. Samsung Samsung Galaxy Book2 keyboard and pen close-up. Samsung Samsung today announced the Galaxy Book2 (sic; the company has not put a space between the word and the number), a 2-in-1 tablet […]