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Windows 7 official ends this week: what you need to do

Windows 7 official ends this week: what you need to do

Nothing lasts forever, whether good or bad. By Tuesday, one of Microsoft's less controversial Windows releases will finally be put to rest, for better or worse. Windows 7 support for everyone who didn't buy an extended support package (only available to enterprise customers) will officially end on Tuesday, January 14. And, of course, that means that anyone who wants to continue getting important security fixes and remain on the Windows platform will have to move to Windows 10 sooner rather than later.

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Windows 10 20H2 could be another minor, cleanup release

Windows 10 20H2 could be another minor, cleanup release

Windows 10 19H2, a.k.a. version 1909 a.k.a. the November 2019 update, was a small yet significant one. It was, for the first time since Windows 10 launched in 2015, an update dedicated solely to bug fixing and polish. It wasn't without its own set of showstopping bugs but, admittedly, nothing as nefarious as with other releases. It seems that the strategy has gotten positive feedback, enough for Microsoft to reportedly do the same this year with what will be the Windows 10 20H2 release.

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Facebook OS’ scariest aspect is that it could succeed

Facebook OS’ scariest aspect is that it could succeed

News of Facebook working to create its own operating system has probably raised a lot of eyebrows and ruffled many feathers. The social giant made no secret that its goal is to be independent of Google and its ecosystem, particularly Android. At a time when Huawei is trying and struggling to do the same due to political circumstances, there will definitely be doubts about whether Facebook can pull it off. It definitely can and that's the most frightening part about it.

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Chrome OS 79 brings lock screen media controls, unified app manager

Chrome OS 79 brings lock screen media controls, unified app manager

Google is trying to make Chrome OS many things to all kinds of people which practically means embracing all sorts of use cases and workflows. It has long frown up from being a glorified web browser to a platform that can be used for getting work done as well as entertainment. That, unfortunately, also means that Chrome has gathered quite a list of features, not to mention apps, that may make the experience a bit more cluttered and inconvenient, something that Chrome OS 79 is now addressing in its stable release.

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Windows 7 users to get full-screen reminders to upgrade starting next month

Windows 7 users to get full-screen reminders to upgrade starting next month

If you thought Microsoft was done with its infuriating and embarrassing nagging reminders about upgrading to Windows 10, you probably don't know Microsoft too well. It received no small amount of criticism over its aggressive campaign to get Windows 8 and 8.1 users to move to the next version that resulted in popups appearing at the most inopportune moment. History will be repeating itself mid-January when Microsoft does the same for Windows 7 users, this time with more urgency and more audacity in its strategy.

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Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 is rolling out: brace yourselves

Windows 10 version 1909 November 2019 is rolling out: brace yourselves

Since Windows 10 first launched, Microsoft has adopted a release schedule that saw two major Windows updates per year along with rolling fixes and patches as they come. That proved to be rather problematic in terms of software quality and Microsoft stepped on the breaks just a bit to deliver more fixes and fewer features in this year's second and last Windows 10 release. That update has started to roll out to users and, given Microsoft's past history, it might also be a good time to backup your PC and make sure drivers are updated first.

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Windows 10 Build 19013 brings back PowerToys, elevates Your Phone

Windows 10 Build 19013 brings back PowerToys, elevates Your Phone

This year's second and final major Windows 10 update may be about polish and fixes but it seems that Microsoft is gathering quite a number of exciting new features to dump on users next year. As always, Windows Insiders are users' first line of defense against potential file-eating or showstopping bugs. For their troubles, they also get first dibs on new features that have yet to be enjoyed by the rest of us, like the return of PowerToys' a Bluetooth-less Your Phone screen function, and expressive Japanese emoticons (kaomojis).

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Windows 10X UI for Surface Neo could also come to laptops

Windows 10X UI for Surface Neo could also come to laptops

A few weeks ago, Microsoft revealed a number of innovative Surface products, from its easier to repair Surface Laptop 3 to the ARM-powered Surface X to, of course, its pair of dual-screen devices. The form factor of the Surface Neo naturally required a different form of Windows. That was called Windows 10X and it was believed to be exclusive to an upcoming breed of such dual-screen devices. It turns out, however, that Windows 10X might be coming to traditional "clamshell" laptops, too, which might not actually sit well with some Windows users.

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macOS Catalina is less buggy than iOS 13 but has a different problem

macOS Catalina is less buggy than iOS 13 but has a different problem

This year might end up being unkind to Apple's software if the past few days continue their trend. iOS 13, one of Apple's most monumental releases for its mobile platform, has had three emergency releases in just a week to quickly patch up critical security bugs. macOS Catalina, an equally big release, was pushed back later than initially promised. The latest macOS update has finally rolled out and, fortunately, it isn't as bug-ridden as iOS 13. Unfortunately, it has its own share of controversy that is leaving some users and developers out in the cold.

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Windows 7 extended support extend to small, midsize businesses

Windows 7 extended support extend to small, midsize businesses

Microsoft bills Windows 10 as its most secure Windows ever given how it is able to quickly roll out security patches as they come. It might also be its most unstable Windows ever given how often those updates break something in return. Considering those factors, it was probably no surprise to Microsoft that not everyone is ready to jump to it yet, even those on the nearly ancient Windows 7. Rather than lose those customers to, say, Linux, Microsoft is offering business using Windows 7 with extended life support but, unsurprisingly, it won't come cheap.

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Chrome OS 77 brings virtual desktops, media notifications, and more

Chrome OS 77 brings virtual desktops, media notifications, and more

Google is expected to launch a new Pixel-branded Chromebook in just a few weeks and those vying for that device will have a shiny new Chrome OS release waiting for them. Of course, all Chromebook owners will be able to enjoy the new stable release of Chrome OS 77, though some might have features unavailable to older devices. With the latest release, Chrome OS is delivering features that makes the honestly odd operating system not only more accessible but also more productive.

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Windows 10 hits a big milestone ahead of Surface event

Windows 10 hits a big milestone ahead of Surface event

At this point, it seems that Windows 10 is something of an unstoppable force. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 is now running on 900 million devices around the world. That means Windows 10 is on track to hit one billion devices at some point in 2020, which will be a pretty monumental achievement when it happens.

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