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Windows 10 KB4541335 is an optional update you might want to skip for now

Windows 10 KB4541335 is an optional update you might want to skip for now

Barely two weeks ago, Microsoft pledged to put optional updates to Windows 10 on hold. The reason, it explains, is to ensure that users will be left with stable and functional computers during this time of increased dependence on such devices and on the Internet. Unfortunately, it has strangely decided to do so starting only next month. Even worse, one such optional update is already causing chaos by rendering Windows 10 computers practically useless.

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Stadia 4K launched in Chrome with screenshot/clip library for desktop

Stadia 4K launched in Chrome with screenshot/clip library for desktop

Stadia just got a big boost for web browsers - just so long as you're using Chrome, of course. This week the streaming video game platform Stadia was boosted to 4K in web browsers, and the rest of the necessary graphics power and hardware. Those requirements include - for starters - a proper internet connection speed.

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This one browser change could make switching to Edge worth it

This one browser change could make switching to Edge worth it

It's no secret that Microsoft Edge is working from behind when it comes to growing its userbase. After Internet Explorer spent years as the butt of pretty much every joke concerning web browsers, Microsoft decided to hit the reset button by renaming the browser Edge and making a number of changes to it. For the past few years, Microsoft has been building up Edge as a worthy competitor to the likes of Chrome, Opera, and Firefox, and today, the Edge team is launching a new feature that might help turn some heads.

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Outlook, Office 365 won’t connect to internet [UPDATE: Bug affects Internet Explorer, Edge]

Outlook, Office 365 won’t connect to internet [UPDATE: Bug affects Internet Explorer, Edge]

A Windows 10 connectivity bug seems to be affecting workers using VPN connections as Microsoft moves to release fix in early April. This situation is of particular importance at this moment in history due to the abnormal amount of workers working from home. Workers are currently dependent on productivity and connectivity apps Outlook for email, Office 365 (online collaborative tools), and Microsoft Teams while quarantined to avoid the spread of COVID-19 / novel coronavirus worldwide.

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Windows optional updates put on hold but only starting May

Windows optional updates put on hold but only starting May

It isn't just events and conferences that are being put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even software developers have started announcing a slight pause in their release cycles, both due to the decrease in human resources but also to ensure that users will be able to keep a proven stable version of the program. That is certainly true for Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge web browsers but now even Windows 10 is following suit. The only catch is that it won't happen until May.

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New Half-Life: Alyx released today on Steam VR

New Half-Life: Alyx released today on Steam VR

Half-Life: Alyx is not Half-Life 3, but it is a new Half-Life game. It is a new game from Valve, and it is out and available to play today. Users will find the game released as of the posting of this article. In other words - if you're reading this, there's a brand new Half-Life game available to play via Steam right this minute.

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New Windows 10 design teased in 1 billion milestone video

New Windows 10 design teased in 1 billion milestone video

Windows 10 is the most dynamic version of Windows yet. Not only does it get rolling updates in between bi-annual major feature updates, Microsoft has also changed its appearance, albeit in small bits and pieces only. Windows 10, however, is due for a major visual overhaul, along with some behavior changes. Microsoft has been teasing bits and pieces of that future but Panos Panay has just given the public its biggest peek yet.

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Windows 10 version 1709 End of Service extended to October

Windows 10 version 1709 End of Service extended to October

COVID-19 measures, many of which have involved voluntary or imposed quarantines, have made software become even more critical to people's lives. Ensuring that they have access to stable and secure versions of most used programs, like web browsers or, more importantly, operating systems is even more crucial during this period, To take a load off people's already stressed minds, Microsoft is holding off from putting version 1709 of Windows 10 to pasture until near the end of 2020.

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Windows 10 is now on 1 billion devices that could break after any update

Windows 10 is now on 1 billion devices that could break after any update

Microsoft is proudly announcing that Windows 10 has reached a historical milestone. The latest version of its operating system is now on more than one billion devices all over the world. Although not completely unexpected, it's admittedly an impressive statistic. And when you consider how Windows 10 continues to be one of Microsoft's most troubled releases in its history, it may even seem like a miracle it reached this point.

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Windows 10 KB4535996 update fixes Search bug, adds some more

Windows 10 KB4535996 update fixes Search bug, adds some more

Given that there are thousands if not hundreds of thousands of computers running Windows, you'd think that Microsoft would exercise extreme caution when rolling out updates. Given how it has landed with egg on its face so many times already, you'd presume it has already learned its lesson hard. That doesn't seem to be the case, however, if the latest update it released barely two weeks ago is any indicator as it brings the now "normal" story of fixing one or two bugs while introducing a handful of new ones as well.

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Windows 10 Live Tiles are here to stay for now

Windows 10 Live Tiles are here to stay for now

Whatever changes Microsoft may have for the future of the venerable Windows Start Menu, it might not be as drastic as some expect or even hope. On the one hand, that's a good thing since it will still be a mostly familiar experience. On the other hand, it may also mean that Microsoft isn't yet ready to throw out something that may already be generally if not completely disliked and abandoned, like the interactive icons, a.k.a. Live Tiles. Even if Microsoft itself is likely to de-emphasize its use.

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Windows 10 ditches Cortana consumer skills in imminent update

Windows 10 ditches Cortana consumer skills in imminent update

Microsoft has announced an upcoming update to its Cortana personal assistant, one that will bring enhanced security and new capabilities, as well as the removal of consumer skills. The announcement will no doubt upset some users who will need to switch to the mobile version of the assistant for these skills. The changes will arrive in the Windows update scheduled for release this spring.

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