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How Microsoft can fix its Windows 10 Updates mess

How Microsoft can fix its Windows 10 Updates mess

Microsoft was mighty proud of its shift to a "Windows as a Service" strategy almost four years ago. It definitely has reason to boast, considering its history of painfully slow updates that came via the rare Service Pack. Redmond, however, seems to have swung to the other extreme in its desire to portray a company that can quickly respond to problems and feedback. Now it has to slow down and take stock of its obviously broken update process to ensure that what's left of Windows 10 credibility won't go down the drain.

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Windows 10 Preview expands phone mirroring, passwordless login

Windows 10 Preview expands phone mirroring, passwordless login

Microsoft may have thrown in the towel as far as its own mobile platform goes but it is making up for lost time by connecting Windows 10 more intimately with smartphones. That comes via the Your Phone app which is getting more features at every turn. The latest is the Phone Screen Mirroring function that Microsoft is now rolling out to more Surface devices in the latest Insider Preview for the next version of Windows 10.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch gets $500 cheaper with new model

Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch gets $500 cheaper with new model

There's a new version of the Microsoft Surface Book 2 15-inch model in the world today, and it might be a bigger deal than it seems. I don't mean that this is a "deal" like it's inexpensive so much as I mean that the price drop could signal a turning point in the PC industry. At last, it could be, that the Windows laptop will be available from the top names for prices that won't break the bank.

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Razer Kraken X revealed, surround sound spread to 2019 headsets

Razer Kraken X revealed, surround sound spread to 2019 headsets

The Razer Kraken X headset was revealed this morning alongside word that 7.1 surround sound would come standard with all 2019 Razer headsets. The Razer Kraken X headset is easily the most easily-accessible headset (or set of headphones, if you prefer to call them such) in the Razer headphones collection. These headphones will be released later today for the first time.

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Microsoft Modern OS: What we know about the anti-Windows

Microsoft Modern OS: What we know about the anti-Windows

Microsoft gave some hints about their next operating system during this year's Computex conference. It could still be called Windows, maybe Windows Lite, but probably (and hopefully) it's got a name that's completely new. This next-generation operating system will utilize the omnipotence of the internet to create a secure, solid experience that's better than what's expected by users.

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Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 2019 reboot: All the new specs (with XPS 15 2019 too)

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 2019 reboot: All the new specs (with XPS 15 2019 too)

The XPS 13 2-in-1 was revealed with an updated set of specifications this week alongside its best buddy XPS 15 (non-2-in-1). The Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (the newest version for May 2019) has a selection of Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake processors, a 13.4-inch, 16:10 aspect ratio display panel (that's a whole 7-percent larger than the most recent model) and a bigger keyboard and touchpad.

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Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10 just got a lot more useful

Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10 just got a lot more useful

Of all the gaming features present in Windows 10, the Xbox Game Bar doesn't seem to get a lot of attention. There are, after all, a lot of programs that can capture screenshots and gameplay video like the Game Bar can, so when the tool was first introduced in Windows 10, a lot of players probably stuck with what they were already using. Nevertheless, Microsoft has been improving the Game Bar over time, and the new features it's introducing today might make it worth another look.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update released: What you should know

Windows 10 May 2019 Update released: What you should know

The next major Windows 10 update has been released, Microsoft announced on Tuesday. Users can download the Windows 10 May 2019 update starting today, though Microsoft cautions that it is taking a 'measured and throttled approach' to the release. Users who want the update as soon as possible can manually check for downloads; everyone else can keep tabs on the release through Windows release health dashboard.

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Alexa finally gets hands-free support on Windows 10

Alexa finally gets hands-free support on Windows 10

Alexa has been available on Windows 10 hardware by way of an official app since November, but to a lot of people, that app sort of felt like a half-measure. The main problem is that you can't simply summon Alexa through voice commands like you can if you were speaking to an Echo device. When it comes to voice assistants, the "voice" part turns out to be pretty crucial.

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Microsoft Edge gets IE mode tabs and better security control

Microsoft Edge gets IE mode tabs and better security control

Microsoft promised big things when it announced Edge would be moving to the Chromium engine, and at Build 2019 it's delivering on that. The company's annual developer event has seen new privacy and usability tools added to Edge, including the ability to bring legacy web-apps into an Edge tab.

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Windows 10 1903 to let users decide when to download and install updates

Windows 10 1903 to let users decide when to download and install updates

One of the most controversial aspects of Windows 10, aside from initial concerns about privacy settings. is the way Microsoft pushed updates down everyone's throats. It went to the opposite extreme of previous Windows update strategies and forced its rolling updates on users that would later prove to be buggy and problematic. It has slowly been giving back control to users and the upcoming May 2019 update will let users decide when they want to download and install the updates.

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Windows 10 on ARM firmware for Lumia 950 XL now available

Windows 10 on ARM firmware for Lumia 950 XL now available

Microsoft may have abandoned Windows 10 Mobile completely but those who still have a Lumia phone want to hold on to that dream for as long as they can. If they have a Lumia 950 XL or even a Lumia 950, that dream has just become almost a reality, provided they're willing to take the plunge. One of the developers behind making Windows 10 on ARM run on those two Lumia phones has released firmware and instructions that make it easier at least for advanced and adventurous users to easily try out what it feels like to run a "full" Windows desktop experience in their pocket.

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