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M365 Business means free Windows 10 upgrades, but for business only

Upgrade licenses to Windows 10 Pro that businesses get from the free preview of Microsoft 365 Business will remain in place.

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Verifying and testing that Firefox is restricted to TLS 1.2

After having tweaked Firefox to only use TLS version 1.2, one website can verify that the tweak worked and another can test it.

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Microsoft yanks bad Outlook patches of patches KB 3191849, 3213654, 401042

If you have Auto Update turned on, the Outlook patches are still doing their dirty work.

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Driver fix for Surface Pro 2017 hibernation seems to work; now, about that backlight bleed

Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro appears to have kicked the narcolepsy problem, but many customers still aren’t happy.

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The IT upgrade cycle has never looked better for Apple

Goodbye and farewell Windows XP. I never knew ya. I was upgrading to OS X ‘Puma’ when you shipped. I never looked back. Did you?

Restricting Firefox to TLS version 1.2 makes browsing safer

Whats behind the curtain of HTTPS is TLS. There are three versions of the TLS protocol and there is no reason to still support the oldest two versions. A simple tweak of Firefox can insure it only uses the most secure version, TLS...

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Microsoft 365 Business: Office + Windows 10 in one SMB-friendly subscription

Microsoft this week introduced two additional software-as-a-service subscription plans: Microsoft 365 and Microsoft 365 Business.

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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

Get the latest info on Windows 10 updates as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for KB4025342, released on July 11, 2017.

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The mundane yet meaningful fix Android O is missing (as of now)

Another Android release, another missed opportunity? Lamenting the ongoing presence of a seemingly small issue with significant real-world impact.

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Kill it! Kill Windows XP now!

Or are you OK with leaving yourself open to something that can kill your business?

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With Patch Tuesday imminent, make sure you have Automatic Update turned off

You have to patch sooner or later, but there’s no reason to directly expose your machine to malformed missives from Microsoft.

How to hold on to Windows 7 for the long haul

June's Windows numbers: Microsoft Windows 7 maintains grip

Windows 7 dug in its heels in May, and retained control over a majority of all Windows PCs. That could spell problems for later corporate migrations to Windows 10.

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The best enterprise tips and tricks for Windows 10

In one place, here’s everything Windows 10 users need to know to speed up the operating system, keep it running smoothly, protect privacy, use Cortana and more.

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The next logical step in Google's Android-Chrome OS 'merger'

Google's two primary platforms—Android and Chrome—are still coming together, and another significant step is in the works.

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Microsoft releases 15 Office patches for July, but some June bugs still stink

An embarrassing Office 2010 fix—KB 4011042—doesn’t make the main listing in Microsoft's July patches.

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The ancient Microsoft networking protocol at the core of the latest global malware attack

The company is going to kill off SMB1 at long last, but you shouldn’t wait to disable it.

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Toshiba Portege X30 review: The clamshell strikes back

The new Toshiba Portege X30 is a tough, top-performing Windows 10 laptop well-suited to demanding enterprise users.

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June's browser numbers: Microsoft's Edge strategy fails

The percentage of Windows 10 users who ran the Edge fell to 21% last month, as the Microsoft browser continued to lose ground to Google Chrome.

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How we test Windows system performance

A quick rundown of how we assess the performance of Windows computers.

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39% off Exploring Raspberry Pi: Interfacing to the Real World with Embedded Linux, Paperback - Deal Alert

The innovators guide to bringing Raspberry Pi to life. This book favors engineering principles over a 'recipe' approach to give you the skills you need to design and build your own projects. You'll understand the fundamental...

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