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Microsoft's free analytics service sniffs out Meltdown, Spectre patch status

Windows Analytics can now scan enterprise PCs running Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and report on whether they're prepped to fend off attacks based on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

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How to watch international coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics

Whether you lack access to NBC or are just tired of its commentators, you can use one of these VPNs to sample another country's coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection can detect ongoing attacks on corporate networks, investigate the attack or breach, and provide response recommendations. It will be added to Windows 7 and 8.1 by this summer.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

What you need to know about each update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4074588, released Feb. 13, 2018.

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What’s new in Windows 10 security features: The anti-ransomware edition

Here's what you need to know about each security update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for 1709, Fall Creators Edition.

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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. The patches are coming fast and furious!

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Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs are very serious, and the fixes can create serious slowdowns in PCs, Macs, and other devices. Here's everything you need to know.

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Killing passwords in Windows 10 S is one of 7 big changes in Windows 10 Build 17093

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 Insider Build 17093, whose changes include new multi-GPU management, a revamped Game Bar, and more. Windows' spring update isn't done yet.

FAQ: Microsoft monkeys with Windows 10 support – again

Microsoft unveiled a slew of changes to Windows 10 support, acknowledging that its rapid development-and-release tempo is still being resisted by enterprises.

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PCWorld's February Digital Magazine: Meltdown and Spectre security flaws

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

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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.

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Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 posts strongest share gains since mid-2016

Migration watch: Windows 10's share of all Windows PCs is now expected to exceed Windows 7's by September 2018. Even so, large numbers of users will still be using the older OS when support ends in two years.

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Report: Windows 10 S could be the default mode for future Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft may be planning to make Windows 10 S the default OS mode for future PCs. The leaked document, revealed by Thurrott.com, also says an upgrade path to full Windows 10 will be available.

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Office 2019 will have one big system requirement: Windows 10

Microsoft said you should expect to see previews of the Office 2019 apps next quarter, but you'll need Windows 10 to run them.

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Microsoft's Windows Defender antimalware targets scareware apps

While Microsoft's Windows Defender frowned upon "optimizer" or "cleaner" apps that didn't explain what they did, it's drawing the line on "scareware" apps that tell you that your PC will be ruined if you don't pay up.

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Windows 10 shows users what data it collects and phones in

With Windows Insider build 17083, Microsoft responded to criticism about transparency by adding a 'Diagnostic Data Viewer' app to the OS for beta users to try out.

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Microsoft offers three unconvincing reasons why its consumer business isn't dead yet

Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella tried to respond to concerns that Microsoft's consumer strategy may be floundering, though his response wasn't especially convincing.

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Don’t believe Microsoft’s latest privacy hype

The company could easily give users the ability to control what information is sent to it, but that’s not what it has in mind.

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