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Windows 10 feature updates offline downtime down to 30 minutes

Windows 10 feature updates offline downtime down to 30 minutes

Although long available on tablet PCs, Windows 10 has generally been ignored in favor of iOS and Android tablets for many reasons. One of those is the torrent of updates you get each time and the downtime those incurs. Nowhere is that even more problematic than the “offline time” the OS spends when installing major feature updates, practically locking you out of your computer for as much as 2 hours. Microsoft is proudly announcing that it has reduced that downtime to 30 minutes on average. The catch? The overall process might actually take longer instead.

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Microsoft just made a terrible decision to force Edge on users

Microsoft just made a terrible decision to force Edge on users

Microsoft looks set to skate into some serious negative feedback, with the decision to force its Edge browser as the only way to view links in email. The change was previewed in the most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview, with Microsoft saying that it's hoping to get feedback as to how well the system works.

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Scrabble keyboard is truly real and run by Massdrop

Scrabble keyboard is truly real and run by Massdrop

The folks at Massdrop announced that they'd be coming correct, officially, with a Hasbro collaboration to make a Scrabble Keyboard. This keyboard is mechanical, which is neat, but it's mostly made because the keys look slick. This Scrabble-themed keyboard doesn't just make its user appear smart, it makes its user feel like they know all sorts of words and such, too.

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Microsoft Pi Day sale cuts PC and VR prices

Microsoft Pi Day sale cuts PC and VR prices

It's Pi Day, and Microsoft is marking the occasion with a selection of one-day deals including up to 31.4-percent off Windows 10 PCs and accessories. The cut - a reference, of course, to the mathematical constant and irrational number that starts with 3.14159 and then just keeps on going - covers Windows notebooks from ASUS, Lenovo, Dell, and HP.

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Hearthstone Witchwood: Cards and expansion details

Hearthstone Witchwood: Cards and expansion details

Hearthstone's first of three expansions for the year 2018 was revealed as THE WITCHWOOD. This is the first of the expansions that'll be sent out during the newest year in Hearthstone, the Year of the Raven. In this expansion we'll find our fair share of odds and ends, glorious comedic relief, and the occasional game-changing feature addition.

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Windows 10 S Mode details confirmed and explained

Windows 10 S Mode details confirmed and explained

When Microsoft announced Windows 10 S, along with a small army laptops aimed at education and business markets, it wasn’t exactly surprising. Microsoft was on a quest to reclaim lost market share from Google’s Chrome OS. Microsoft’s messaging, however, had customers scratching their heads in confusion. To end that confusion, and complaints about fees for “upgrading” from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft is simplifying its strategy and is simply calling it an “S mode” available to all Windows 10 editions soon.

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Cortana Outlook support arrives on Windows 10 and Invoke speaker

Cortana Outlook support arrives on Windows 10 and Invoke speaker

Microsoft has just launched Cortana integration for Outlook, but not for mobile users. The launch follows a report earlier this week claiming that integration will arrive in the future for Outlook on Android and iOS. While mobile users will have to continue waiting, Windows 10 users can now have Cortana read their email if they use Outlook.

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Linux on Windows: here are the distros in Windows Store

Linux on Windows: here are the distros in Windows Store

Technically speaking, it has always been possible to run different flavors of Linux on top of Windows. None of those methods have been easy, much less official. Especially considering how the old guard at Redmond was almost viciously antagonistic towards the open source operating system. So when Microsoft announced its efforts to bring a slice of Linux to Windows 10 via the Windows Subsystem for Linux, it was almost like hell froze over yet again and something that probably wouldn’t last. Now it seems that WSL is serious and seriously here to stay, with heavyweights like Debian and Kali Linux joining other Linux distros available on the Windows Store.

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Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE released to public

Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE released to public

Microsoft released the Surface Pro with LTE to the public this week after a bit of time up for sale as a business device. This machine was first put on sale for business customers in December of 2017, and is now available to the general public. This notebook tablet piece of Windows machine is up on preorder right this minute and will be going on sale at the start of May in-stores in the United States, Australia, and Canada.

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Lenovo Yoga 730 packs Alexa and Cortana into the same 2-in-1

Lenovo Yoga 730 packs Alexa and Cortana into the same 2-in-1

Lenovo has showed up to MWC 2018 with a pair of new Yoga 2-in-1 notebooks in tow. The company today announced the 13-inch and 15-inch Yoga 730, which offer a number of improvements over their predecessors. Perhaps the most interesting thing about these new Yoga notebooks, however, isn't the hardware on the inside, but how Lenovo approaches AI smart assistants.

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Huawei MateBook X Pro hides pop-up webcam in svelte 3k laptop

Huawei MateBook X Pro hides pop-up webcam in svelte 3k laptop

If the sign of memorable design is, like the iPhone X's notch, one aspect everybody recognizes, then the new Huawei MateBook X Pro's is certain to be its hidden webcam. The new notebook, announced today at Mobile World Congress 2018, is the latest in the Chinese company's MateBook range of svelte ultraportables. However, while there are plenty of changes worth noting, it's where Huawei has stashed the camera that's likely to be remembered.

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HP Envy x2 pricing: Looks like Windows-on-ARM won’t be cheap

HP Envy x2 pricing: Looks like Windows-on-ARM won’t be cheap

Windows-on-ARM was seemed like a good way to get Windows to users with low processing power needs, presumably for low prices. Using a smartphone chip instead of x86, there was a good place for a category of users that might otherwise have gone with something like a Chromebook. But HP's reveal of one of the first Windows-on-ARM computer's pricing seems to have dashed those dreams - at least from this angle.

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