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Windows 11: A guide to the updates

Here’s what you need to know about the latest updates to Windows 11 as they’re released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5011563 Preview, released on March 28, 2022.

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Windows 11 Insider Previews: What’s in the latest build?

Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 11 as they roll out to Windows Insiders. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 22581 for the Dev and Beta Channels, released on March 23, 2022.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Here's what you need to know about each update to the current version of Windows 10 as it's released from Microsoft. Now updated for KB5011543 Preview, released on March 22, 2022.

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Microsoft, its partners, and the ‘last-mile problem’

Microsoft recently unveiled changes to its partner program that shift the emphasis from customer to support to sales, sales, sales.

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How to preview and deploy Windows 10 and 11 updates

Microsoft’s ‘channels’ for Windows Insider Previews and new Windows releases are confusing for everybody. Here’s help choosing the best method of testing and updating Windows 10 and 11 for yourself or your business.

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Windows 10 Insider Previews: A guide to the builds

Get the latest info on new preview builds of Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for Windows 10 Build 19044.1618 (21H2) for the Release Preview Channel, released on March 14, 2022.

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Do you know where your software comes from?

As the world watches what's happening in Ukraine, computer users are thinking more about the software and hardware they use — and where it comes from.

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Microsoft delivers a solid, low-impact Patch Tuesday

This month's Patch Tuesday brought a solid set of updates for Windows, Microsoft Office, Exchange, and Chromium-based Edge (Chromium). But there weren't any critical issues requiring companies to patch right away.

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Windows 11: The end of the old-school Windows desktop

In the long run, Microsoft wants you to switch to a Desktop-as-a-Service model, and the first steps on this journey may already be in place on your conventional Windows PC . You know it as Windows 11.

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Change my password? AGAIN?

It’s not unusual for companies to require password changes routinely. But that doesn’t do as much for security as most people think; multi-factor authentication is a better option.

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Cortana explained: The rocky past and promising future of Microsoft’s digital assistant

At first meant to compete with virtual assistants like Siri, Google Now, and Alexa, Cortana has been stripped of many functions and seemingly left to wither away. But its business-focused reboot may hold the key to long-term success.

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In a time of war, it’s important to stay secure

With the Russia-Ukraine conflict under way, cyberattacks are likely to emerge. That's why it's important to take steps now to make sure your hardware is secure.

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Windows is in Moscow’s crosshairs, too

Before Russia invaded Ukraine this week, cyberattacks were already under way. Not surprisingly, Windows systems were a common target.

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12 classic but essential (and free!) utilities for Windows 10 and 11

Boost your computer’s performance, find anything on it, and perform other useful tricks with these free tools.

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No, Microsoft, don’t require an account to set up Windows 11

A recent preview build of Windows 11 makes an unwelcome change: it mandates a Microsoft account when installing even Windows 11 Professional. But not everyone wants or needs an account.

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Meet Chrome OS Flex, Google's new weapon for desktop domination

Is that an old Windows system or a current Chrome OS computer? Google's getting ready to blur the lines of desktop computing in some seriously shape-shifting ways.

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The Windows 11 feedback loop — what do users want most?

Microsoft says it wants users to weigh in with requests, suggestions, and advice using the built-in Feedback hub. But is that any way to really get Microsoft’s attention?

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Take your time testing these February Patch Tuesday updates

With this month's very light Patch Tuesday release from Microsoft, security and systems administrators should take time to test their apps and desktop/server builds.

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