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Microsoft's privacy policy admits contractors listen to Cortana, Skype recordings

Microsoft's updated privacy policy now discloses that contractors are allowed access to recordings of speech captured by Windows, without user permission.

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Install Windows 10's August 2019 updates now to protect your PC from a nasty worm

Microsoft plugged four severe, wormable RDP exploits in Windows 10's August 2019 Patch Tuesday.

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PCWorld's August Digital Magazine: Ryzen 3000

Enjoy the best of PCWorld.com in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS.

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Windows 10: What to expect in the next two releases

Microsoft plans to release a 19H1 "patch" for Windows 10 this fall, and a fuller-featured Windows 10 19H2 sometime next spring. Here's what Microsoft has publicly said about each.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4512508 (OS Build 18362.295), released Aug. 13, 2019.

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Windows 10's fall upgrade: Yep, it's a service pack

When it comes to Windows, what's old is new again. The next update to Windows 10 will amount to little more than tweaks and improvements to May's Windows 10 1903.

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Windows Sandbox: How to use Microsoft's simple virtual Windows PC to secure your digital life

Microsoft's Windows Sandbox creates a safe space where you can try suspicious software or sites without risking your 'real' PC. Here's how to use it.

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Microsoft pitches free help for Windows 7-to-Windows 10 upgraders

With its FastTrack assistance program, the company will work with customers migrating from Windows 7, either Enterprise or Professional, or Windows 8.1 Enterprise or Professional, to Windows 10 Enterprise.

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Leaving Windows 7? Here are some non-Windows options.

If you’re not feeling too comfortable about Windows 10 as Windows 7 comes to the end of its days, there are alternatives.

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Windows 10 update (and retirement) calendar: Mark these dates

Microsoft is releasing new versions of Windows 10 on a set schedule – and just as regularly retiring older versions from support. Here are all the dates you need to know about through Windows 7's retirement in 2020 and beyond.

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Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks

Windows 10 is chock-full of handy, hidden new features worth exploring, especially after the recent October 2018 Update. Check out the best tips and tricks here.

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Microsoft relaxes telemetry rule for PCs managed with Windows Update for Business

A rule that kept privacy-first organizations from using group policies to manage the update service will no longer have to set the "diagnostic data level" for devices to Basic or above.

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For Microsoft, Windows 10 is a ‘cornerstone’ no more

For four years, Microsoft described Windows 10 as the very foundation of its ambitions. But in this year's Form 10-K filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, that description no longer applies, raising questions about how the...

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Windows is now officially irrelevant. Here’s why that makes Microsoft happy.

Sometimes it’s good not to get all the attention.

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Windows by the numbers: Finally, the 7-to-10 migration kicks into high gear

Windows 7's share of all PCs dropped sharply in July, indicating users are finally migrating to Windows 10 as 7's end-of-support date draws ever closer.

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Top web browsers 2019: Chrome swallows more share

Its biggest monthly user-share gain in three years pushes Google’s browser ever closer to the 70% mark.

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Microsoft signals the end for Skype for Business Online, asking Teams to take over

While consumer Skype users are unaffected, Microsoft is pushing those who used the Skype for Business Online service to Microsoft Teams.

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How Microsoft could make Windows 10 Pro the OS for PC enthusiasts

With virtualization, Microsoft has an opportunity to refashion Windows 10 Pro for PC enthusiasts. Here are other enterprise features that could appeal to pro-level consumers.

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