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Microsoft delivers emergency patch for under-attack IE

The company issued a rare emergency security update to fix a zero-day vulnerability – reported by a Google security engineer – in the still-supported IE9, IE10 and IE11.

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Microsoft's latest Windows 10 build kills passwords, simplifies Start, and adds fun 'kaomoji'

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Insider build 18305 makes major changes: slimming down Start, adding automated troubleshooters and Windows Sandbox, offering password-less logins -- even kaomoji for even more typing fun.

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Microsoft offers up Windows 10 1809 to nervy seekers

The troubled feature upgrade – pulled from distribution for more than five weeks this fall – is now available to users who choose to 'check for updates' in Windows Update.

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Microsoft puts desktop apps in containers with Windows Sandbox

A new feature for Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise lets you run untrusted desktop apps in isolated environments more flexible than VMs

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Microsoft announces Windows Sandbox, a virtualized safe space for testing untrusted apps

Is that executable file an app, or is it malware? With the upcoming Windows Sandbox feature within Windows 10, you can download and open it without risking your PC.

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Red Hat offers support for open source Java on Windows

Pricing is not disclosed for the new OpenJDK support program

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Careful! Windows 10's 'Check for updates' button may download beta code

Microsoft reveals that users who manually ask for Windows 10 updates during the latter half of the month may receive code being beta-tested in advance of its official Patch Tuesday.

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A Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers wouldn't work without the Xbox

A Microsoft job posting hints that Microsoft will offer a Microsoft 365 subscription for consumers in the near future. But what consumer services does Microsoft have left to offer?

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Microsoft Edge embraces open-source Chromium code, plans move to Windows 7, 8, and Macs

Microsoft's Edge is embracing the open-source Chromium project and expanding to other operating systems. It'll even run Chrome extensions, company executives said recently.

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With move to rebuild Edge atop Google's Chromium, Microsoft raises white flag in browser war

After watching its Edge browser bleed users, Microsoft this week gave up the ghost and said it will replace the browser's home-grown rendering engine with Blink, the engine that powers Google Chrome.

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Microsoft trash talks Windows 10 LTSC – again

LTSC, which was once called LTSB, is a specialized edition of Windows 10 Enterprise that promises the longest intervals between OS feature upgrades.

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PCWorld's December Digital Magazine: Google Pixel 3 XL review

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

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Microsoft gets explicit about Windows 10 upgrade blockers

Relying in part on the telemetry it receives from Windows 10 computers, Microsoft is getting more aggressive in blocking PCs from getting problematic updates.

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Microsoft open-sources WPF, WinForms, and WinUI XAML

Developers will be able to contribute to these technologies on GitHub, as well as build a private copy of the UI stack

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Do we need another stripped-down version of Windows? Microsoft apparently thinks so

Lite appears to be Microsoft's latest attempt to slim down Windows, with the likely goal of taking on Chromebooks.

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Snag extremely useful Windows software for cheap in the Best of Stardock Humble Bundle

Get close to $90 worth of Stardock utility software for $15 including Fences, Groupy, Multiplicity, and more.

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Ivacy VPN review: A competent VPN that doesn't mind cryptocurrencies

Ivacy offers average speeds, a cleanly designed app, and a few helpful features like split tunneling, but it's also a company that doesn't want to reveal who's running the show.

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How to replace Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 — and why you should

Just because Microsoft wants you to use the Edge browser doesn’t mean you have to. Here’s how to make Chrome, Firefox or another your primary browser in Windows 10.

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FAQ: Windows 10 LTSB explained

The 'Long-term Servicing Branch' of Windows 10 was initially aimed at enterprises that wanted to avoid Microsoft's Windows-as-a-service model and delay frequent feature updates. Here's how it's supposed to work.

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