Mark Hachman

Senior Editor

As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

Windows 10 preview build 18282 finally supports smarter Windows Updates, new light theme

Windows 10 preview build 18282 finally supports smarter Windows Updates, new light theme

Microsoft Windows 10 Insider build 18282 adds several new conveniences, including a long-awaited intelligent Windows Update that won't unexpectedly download and install updates. There's a light theme, too.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update review: Many small improvements make a better experience
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Windows 10 October 2018 Update review: Many small improvements make a better experience

Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update includes a few nifty tricks, such as the PC-to-PC cut and paste, and the Your Phone app to grab photos from your phone. But there's more under the hood than on the surface.

Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve

Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve

Microsoft has re-released the Windows 10 October 2018 update after more than a month's delay, saying it's upgraded its bug-testing procedures.

Microsoft adds LTE options to the Surface Go, making it the always-connected PC it should be

Microsoft adds LTE options to the Surface Go, making it the always-connected PC it should be

Microsoft announces three versions of the new Surface Go with LTE Advanced, though always-on connectivity will set you back at least $679.

Mouse and keyboard support coming to Microsoft's Xbox next week
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Mouse and keyboard support coming to Microsoft's Xbox next week

Microsoft confirms that mouse and keyboard support for the Xbox game console is due next week, and that battle-royale hit Fortnite will be among the first games.

If your Windows 10 PC says it's having activation problems today, here's why
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If your Windows 10 PC says it's having activation problems today, here's why

Problems with Microsoft's activation servers have caused Windows 10 Pro PCs to report themselves as Windows 10 Home, and caused other PCs to pop up an error message claiming that they require activation.

Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277

Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277

Build 18277 of Windows 10 doesn't add many new features, but Microsoft tweaked Focus Assist and the Action Center icons, among others.

Goodbye, Cortana: Microsoft's Javier Soltero leaves, putting the digital assistant's future in doubt

Goodbye, Cortana: Microsoft's Javier Soltero leaves, putting the digital assistant's future in doubt

Javier Soltero, who oversaw Microsoft's Cortana for just a few months, confirmed he is leaving Microsoft. Is Cortana destined to become just another technology within Microsoft's AI stable?

Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds

Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds

As Microsoft struggles to release the Windows 10 Oct. 2018 Update, its development teams have moved on to the next version: 19H1. Here's an early list of 19H1 improvements Microsoft has revealed in early builds.

Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks the Windows tablet for consumers
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Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks the Windows tablet for consumers

Microsoft unveils the Surface Go: a 10-inch Surface tablet priced to attract the everyday user at $399, alongside an updated Surface Mobile Mouse and pen. Just don't expect too much in terms of performance.

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 tablet hands-on: Performance takes a back seat to battery life

Samsung Galaxy Book 2 tablet hands-on: Performance takes a back seat to battery life

Samsung's Galaxy Book 2 includes the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 chip, which enables this Windows tablet to achieve industry-leading battery life at the cost of some performance.

HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: 'Whiskey Lake' power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life

HP Spectre x360 13 (2018) hands on: 'Whiskey Lake' power sits alongside 22 hours of battery life

HP's latest 13-inch Spectre X360 convertible notebook PC includes a boatload of changes: Intel "Whiskey Lake" power, LTE, nearly a full day of battery life, and a new, faceted design that puts the USB-C port at an offset angle.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) hands on: HP's convertible notebook leaps to six cores

HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) hands on: HP's convertible notebook leaps to six cores

HP's updated Spectre x360 15 convertible notebook for 2018 boasts up to six cores of processing power; a new, faceted design; and a Webcam kill switch for privacy's sake.

How to manage Windows 10 updates to prevent them from ruining your life

How to manage Windows 10 updates to prevent them from ruining your life

While you shouldn't block Windows 10 updates, you can manage them in Settings. Buying Windows 10 Pro, may be the best solution, though.

Microsoft offers to kill more (of its own) bloatware with a new Windows 10 build
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Microsoft offers to kill more (of its own) bloatware with a new Windows 10 build

An Insider build of Windows 10 for next year's "19H1" update includes a way for Windows users to get rid of more Windows apps that they may never use.

Qualcomm begins shipping 802.11ay silicon for mobile devices and applications, including VR and UHD video

Qualcomm begins shipping 802.11ay silicon for mobile devices and applications, including VR and UHD video

Qualcomm begins shipping 802.11ay silicon, a multi-gigabit derivative of Wi-Fi that you may see in specialized applications like untethered VR gear.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: Microsoft adds quad-core power to its tried-and-true tablet

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 review: Microsoft adds quad-core power to its tried-and-true tablet

Microsoft's latest Surface Pro 6 tablet looks the same as its predecessors, though a new 8th-generation Core chip adds enough of a punch to consider upgrading.

Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change

Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change

Microsoft and its Surface lineup unexpectedly cracked the top five U.S. PC vendors. But what impact will Intel's CPU shortages bring?

Windows 10 October 2018 Update rereleased to Insiders, data loss blamed on misdirected folders

Windows 10 October 2018 Update rereleased to Insiders, data loss blamed on misdirected folders

Microsoft has restarted the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to Windows Insiders, ascribing the reports of data loss to folders that had been misdirected between a user's PC and another drive.

Microsoft has added $20 to the price of Windows 10 Home, but there are sales elsewhere

Microsoft has added $20 to the price of Windows 10 Home, but there are sales elsewhere

Microsoft has quietly raised the price of Windows 10 Home by $20, from $119 to $139, on its own site. Fortunately, there are cheaper (and reputable) options available elsewhere.

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