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Microsoft cites 24% jump in tech support scams

According to the FBI, cybercrooks have changed tactics and sometimes pose as government agents or tech support reps for GPS, printer or cable companies, or virtual currency exchangers.

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Microsoft boosts anti-phishing skills of Chrome, the IE and Edge killer

The company has released an add-on for Chrome – dubbed 'Windows Defender Browser Protection' – that effectively gives up a major asset in its own Edge browser.

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Microsoft holds up Windows 10 feature upgrade after finding BSOD bug

The company delayed the update, which had been expected to arrive on either April 3 or April 10, for an unspecified period.

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Microsoft will stop developing OneNote 2016 in favor of the Windows 10 OneNote app

Microsoft's simplified OneNote app for Windows 10 will receive pride of place, replacing the current Office version of OneNote in Office 2019.

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What is Windows Hello? Microsoft’s biometrics security system explained

Windows Hello gives Windows 10 users an alternative way to log into their devices and applications using a fingerprint, iris scan or facial recognition. Here’s what the technology does, who uses it and the hardware required.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: The best hidden features

Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade, code-named Redstone 4 and informally known as the Spring Creators Update and possibly Windows 10 Version Next, offers many smaller additions and changes you might miss. We've highlighted them here.

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Microsoft shows IT how to get bigger bang from Windows Analytics

New documentation, still in draft form, details how companies can craft specialized reports and custom alerts from Windows Analytics' data and integrate the data with other info.

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How to block the Windows 10 spring update, version 1803, from installing

With the spring feature update to Windows 10 (version 1803, build 17133, Redstone 4) just around the corner, here are the best ways to ensure you install it when you’re ready — even in the face of recent forced updates from Microsoft....

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Microsoft plans to bring native 64-bit apps to Qualcomm-powered PCs, but it'll take time

Microsoft confirms that it will make an announcement regarding 64-bit app support for Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered ACPCs at its Microsoft Build conference, but that's all.

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Microsoft's new Cortana chief plans to put her smarts in more places

PCWorld sits down with Javier Soltero, who is now responsible for the Cortana digital assistant within Microsoft, to explain Microsoft's new strategy.

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Microsoft adds ransomware protections to make OneDrive and Outlook.com safer

Microsoft has made to several cloud-based protections available to Office 365 users to help fight the spread of malware.

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How to protect your PC from the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

Here's how keep your computer safe from the nasty Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws.

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Windows by the numbers: It’s a topsy-turvy world, with Windows 10 down, 7 up

Migration watch: There were unexpected gyrations in the market in March, with Windows 7 gaining strength and Windows 10 falling back.

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Top web browsers 2018: Firefox's share slips post-Quantum

In the four months since its redesigned, re-engineered "Quantum" release, Firefox has shed rather than gained users, according to the latest data from Net Applications.

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Microsoft executive shakeup signals big changes for Windows, Office and more

Microsoft announced that Terry Myerson, its head of Windows and Devices, would leave the company. Rajesh Jha, his replacement, will be asked to develop a more cohesive experience among Windows, Office, apps, and devices.

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Windows 10 Timeline: How to use use Microsoft's new organizational tool

Timeline, found within Microsoft's Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, creates a history within Windows of what you worked on and when.

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How Windows 10's Near Share feature wirelessly beams files to nearby PCs

The new Windows 10 Near Share feature provides a convenient way to wirelessly beam URLs and files to nearby PC, but a lack of speed severely lessens its utility.

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How to write machine learning apps for Windows 10

Machine learning isn’t only for the cloud. Microsoft is bringing it to PCs in the next Windows 10 release. Here’s how to get started now

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