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Amid calls for a Windows bug status dashboard, Microsoft belatedly agrees to build one

The move, expected to roll out in 2019, comes in the aftermath of the company's botched rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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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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With Windows 10 1809 re-release, Microsoft decides not to cheat on promised support

By acting as if the Windows 10 rollout delay had not happened, Microsoft ensured that users will generally get the support timeline they expect.

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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.

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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.

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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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Windows 10 October 2018 Update: Key enterprise features

Here are 10 changes in the new major update to Windows 10, version 1809, that business users and IT admins should know about.

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Microsoft takes second swing at Windows 10 1809, re-issues troubled upgrade

The 'October' update rollout was put on hold for 38 days after a file-deletion bug caused problems.

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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.

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Avira Antivirus Pro 2019 review: Solid performance, better prices

Avira Antivirus Pro isn't worth the price given how it doesn't differ from Avira Free, but the Avira Prime subscription with its recently lowered price makes it competitive with top suites from companies like McAfee and Symantec.

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Windows 10 rollout snafu: Day 37

Microsoft's fall feature upgrade, released on Oct. 2, was pulled from distribution four days later. The company has yet to restart the release.

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Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant now available on Windows 10 PCs as a standalone app

Alexa, which debuted on select Windows 10 laptops earlier this year is now available for download on all compatible devices, building Amazon's push into the enterprise.

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Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac review: Supercharged virtualization has arrived

Parallels Desktop 14 makes it a snap to run macOS, Windows, or Linux virtual machines on your Mac. It has improved launch times, graphics improvements, and automatic monitoring of storage, CPU, RAM, and video memory.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Macs, iPads, price hikes and the enterprise alternative

Although Apple now claims an active installed base of 100M, that doesn't mean the company's computers and mobile devices represent a real alternative to Windows.

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As Windows 10 delay continues, support shortfall grows

Microsoft stopped distribution of the OS earlier this month after a file-deletion bug caused problems for users; with October almost over, the rollout delay could disrupt scheduled support timelines.

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Windows revenue remains in a $4.6B rut

Microsoft's quarterly earnings this week showed that while commercial sales of Windows 10 PCs are on the rise, consumer interest remains slack.

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