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Chrome OS: Tips, tools, and other Chromebook intelligence

Your one-stop source for Chrome OS advice, insight, and analysis — from someone who's covered Chromebooks closely since the start.

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Windows 10's new optional updates explained

Recent versions of Windows 10 have introduced optional updates to Windows Update. What are they and how should you handle them?

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Microsoft cheat sheets: Dive into Windows and Office apps

These guides will help you find your way around several generations of Microsoft’s Office apps for Windows — and Windows itself.

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Windows 10 cheat sheet

Get to know the interface, features and shortcuts in Microsoft's latest operating system. (Now updated for Windows 10 version 20H2.)

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Google just quietly set the stage for a Chrome OS explosion

A subtle-seeming Google purchase paves the way for a dramatic expansion of Chrome OS's reach — and a dramatic reimagining of what a Chromebook even is.

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2020: A look back at patching and the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic changed so many things in the tech world, not the least of which was Microsoft's patching processes. Here's a look at a few highlights to keep in mind as we head toward 2021.

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Microsoft releases native Office apps for M1 Macs

Collectively tagged as "Microsoft 365 for Mac Apps," the company's core Office productivity applications have been updated for Apple's new ARM-based laptops.

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The bit of Googley brilliance Android needs to borrow from Chrome OS

One of Android's worst lingering pain points could be improved immensely with a little help from a familiar Google cousin.

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Microsoft shows a little (more) love for Apple’s Touch Bar (u)

Microsoft is about to introduce contextual Teams for Mac meetings controls for the MacBook Pro Touch Bar - and now offers Office as a Universal app for M1 and Intel Macs.

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Microsoft presents us with a light Patch Tuesday for December

With only 58 reported vulnerabilities, this month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday represents a welcome respite from the large and broad updates seen during the past year.

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December Patch Tuesday round-up: Winding down for the year

The final Patch Tuesday for 2020 has come and gone, though Microsoft likely isn't quite finished with updates and fixes for the year. Here's where we stand now.

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Windows hackers target COVID-19 vaccine efforts

Hackers appear to be targeting vaccine researchers, manufacturers and the COVID-19 “cold chain” that will be used to keep the vaccine cold enough for distribution.

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Apple takes the Mac to the cloud

Though I’ve long thought that tomorrow's desktop will be cloud-based, even I didn't expect the next desktop-as-a-service would be macOS running on the AWS cloud.

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How to boost your productivity with Safari for Mac

This small collection of Safari extensions may give your work or research efficiency a boost.

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Microsoft previews new way to upgrade Windows 10

The company is now touting 'Windows Feature Experience Packs' as a way to increase the number of features it rolls out to users over the course of a year.

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On the future of Windows 10’s feature releases

Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates arrive every six months — whether users want them or not. The company needs to do something to make this upgrade process less disruptive and avoid patch fatigue.

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Why Android apps on Windows will be an uphill battle

Microsoft supposedly has a plan for a new kind of Android-Windows marriage — but it isn't quite as simple as it seems on the surface.

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It's December patch prep time

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday is coming up. Time to get your hardware ready and delay updates until any issues are worked out.

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Windows runs fast on Apple Silicon, developer shows

Apple’s M1 Macs don’t officially support Windows, but a developer has managed to get Microsoft’s OS running on an ARM-based MacBook anyway.

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How to protect Windows 10 PCs from ransomware

Ransomware is running rampant these days, but there are several ways Windows 10 users and admins can protect their PCs. Here’s what to do.

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