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  • February 28, 2020 28 Feb'20

    Windows 10X OS may be a preview of features to come

    Microsoft is aiming its new Windows 10X OS at dual-screen devices such as the Surface Neo, but it could have a big impact on the enterprise if its features migrate to mainline Windows.

  • January 24, 2020 24 Jan'20

    Windows 7 sunset gives PC market a boost in 2019

    Does the growth of the PC market in 2019 reflect an increased appetite for the devices? Experts discuss the PC's role in the workplace and the influence of the Windows 7 sunset.

  • January 16, 2020 16 Jan'20

    With support for Windows 7 ending, a look back at the OS

    With support for Windows 7 ending and Microsoft ushering in the end of life for the OS, tech experts and IT pros look back at its legacy of reliability and stability.

  • December 16, 2019 16 Dec'19

    5 end-user computing trends for 2020

    With Windows 7 coming to an end and more businesses developing cloud strategies, 2020 is set to bring end-user computing changes for IT. Here are five trends to watch.

  • December 04, 2019 04 Dec'19

    Windows 10 issues top list of most read stories for IT pros

    IT pros seemed focused on the latest Microsoft OS, based on our most read stories for 2019. That may not come as a surprise, given next month's end-of-life deadline for Windows 7.

  • October 04, 2019 04 Oct'19

    HP Inc. laying off up to 9,000 workers in latest reorg plan

    With its printer and printing supplies business fortunes continuing to slide, HP Inc. is undergoing a major reorganization that includes up to 9,000 layoffs.

  • August 30, 2019 30 Aug'19

    New, updated Lenovo laptops for business coming this fall

    The X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, ThinkPad X390 and ThinkPad T490 have all been updated, and Lenovo has added ThinkPad L13 and L13 Yoga to its offerings.

  • August 27, 2019 27 Aug'19

    Dell, Google team up on Chromebooks for enterprise

    The Latitude 5400 and Latitude 5300 2-in-1 give enterprise users the Dell Latitude hardware with the Google Chrome operating system in an effort to provide security and speed.

  • August 16, 2019 16 Aug'19

    New Windows vulnerabilities reveal there is no rest for weary IT

    The two latest Windows security vulnerabilities reiterate the importance for IT admins to stay diligent when updating and managing an organization's operating system.

  • June 24, 2019 24 Jun'19

    $35 Raspberry Pi 4 Model B brings power, 4K and faster CPU

    The Raspberry Pi 4 brings significant upgrades from the previous version, according to the vendor, such as multiple memory capacities to choose from and 4K support.

  • May 29, 2019 29 May'19

    New Dell Precision, Inspiron, XPS products coming soon

    Dell announced the upcoming launch of new Dell Precision, Inspiron and XPS products. These include the Precision 5000, Precision 7540, Precision 7740, XPS 13, XPS 15 and new Inspiron PCs.

  • May 29, 2019 29 May'19

    Intel 10th Gen CPUs are here, AMD follows with 3rd Gen Ryzen

    Intel's 10th Gen CPUs, codenamed Ice Lake, are available now, and the 7nm AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen lineup will be available on July 7. Both releases will increase competition among chip vendors.

  • May 22, 2019 22 May'19

    Apple's 8-core MacBook Pro is Apple's fastest laptop yet

    Apple introduced its newly updated 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, including Apple's first 8-core laptop, that are up to twice as fast as previous models, according to the vendor.

  • May 15, 2019 15 May'19

    Lenovo to launch ThinkBook brand, next-gen ThinkPad X1

    Lenovo announced the launch of its ThinkPad subbrand called ThinkBook. It will be focused on small and medium-sized businesses and will launch with two laptops.

  • May 13, 2019 13 May'19

    Lenovo powers new ThinkPad series with AMD Ryzen Pro processors

    Lenovo brings AMD CPUs to its ThinkPad portfolio. AMD Ryzen Pro processors will appear in the T495, T495s and X395 ThinkPads, available in May and June.

  • April 11, 2019 11 Apr'19

    New HP business workstations have more memory, processing cores

    The new HP business workstations, models Z6 and Z8, have more memory and processing cores to improve data access, graphics and power supply. They also provide remote workstation access.

  • March 29, 2019 29 Mar'19

    Windows 10 security breach highlights third-party vulnerabilities

    The recent Windows 10 PC security breach brought on by third-party software from a Chinese tech company raises concern about the security strength of third-party providers.

  • June 01, 2018 01 Jun'18

    AdDuplex-based Win10 Uptake Projections Mostly Bogus

    When I first saw the news, I was stunned. But on further analysis, AdDuplex-based Win10 uptake projections mostly bogus, reflecting an incomplete and off-kilter subset of the user base.

  • April 25, 2018 25 Apr'18

    Skippy Shows Off Lean Win10 Edition

    The Windows Insider Skip Ahead Preview, aka Skippy Shows Off Lean Win10 Edition as a new SKU pops up in Build 17650.

  • April 23, 2018 23 Apr'18

    Build 1803 Equals April Update

    Based on the content of the Edge Welcome screen in Build 17134, it seems pretty safe to proclaim that Build 1803 Equals April Update.

  • April 17, 2018 17 Apr'18

    Windows Server 2019 RDSH is a go

    After some confusing messaging about whether Remote Desktop Session Host would be in Windows Server 2019, Microsoft said the role will in fact be coming to the preview and official release.

  • April 02, 2018 02 Apr'18

    Myerson's Farewell Reveals Interesting Win10 Stats

    Myerson's farewell reveals interesting Win10 stats -- specifically that the total number of Win10 users is closing in on 700M with 15M members in the Windows Insider program.

  • February 07, 2018 07 Feb'18

    Windows 10 Gets S Modes

    In a surprising twist, Microsoft does away with standalone Windows 10 S. Instead, Windows 10 gets S Modes for most consumer (and Education) versions.

  • February 02, 2018 02 Feb'18

    Windows 10 Count Finally Exceeds Windows 7

    According to several sources now, the Windows 10 count finally exceeds Windows 7 from both USA and global perspectives.

  • January 05, 2018 05 Jan'18

    KB4056892 Fixes Critical Win10 Security Bugs

    Because KB4056892 fixes critical Win10 security bugs, admins and deployment teams should get this one out to all Win10 PCs ASAP.

  • December 29, 2017 29 Dec'17

    Windows 10 for 2017

    As Dickens said: "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." Windows 10 for 2017 was surely a mixed bag.

  • December 06, 2017 06 Dec'17

    Insider Preview Gets Flight Hub

    To provide more information about the program and its releases, Windows 10 Insider Preview gets Flight Hub website.

  • November 15, 2017 15 Nov'17

    Top five Windows 10 migration fears

    A Windows 10 migration can set IT pros shaking in their boots, especially because the transition often comes with hang-ups around compatibility, hardware updates and more.

  • November 08, 2017 08 Nov'17

    Win10 Desktop Marketshare Nov17

    In looking at Win10 Desktop Marketshare Nov17 I see two things: 1. Netmarketshare appears to under-report Win10 numbers, and 2. Win10 should pass Win7 very soon.

  • October 11, 2017 11 Oct'17

    Dropped Drive Drops Access

    When an mSATA SSD in a small USB 3 enclosure accidentally hits the floor, I learn that a dropped drive drops access, too.

  • September 13, 2017 13 Sep'17

    Insider Preview 16288 Failing More Than Succeeding

    As I write this post, some 9 of 10 Insider Preview installs are failing. Thus my status report: Insider Preview 16288 failing more than succeeding.

  • September 11, 2017 11 Sep'17

    German Court Case Foils Aggressive MS Updates

    A German Court Case foils aggressive MS updates as the company volunteers not to pre-stage update files without informing users and asking for permission.

  • September 05, 2017 05 Sep'17

    Win10 Fall Creators Update Hits October 17

    Last Thursday, Microsoft Executive VP Terry Myerson made it official in the Windows Blog: the Win10 Fall Creators Update Hits October 17.

  • August 15, 2017 15 Aug'17

    Ed Bott Issues Win10 Report Card

    As Ed Bott issues Win10 report card at ZDnet, he hands out a mix of high and low marks. While there's plenty to like, there are also some things to decry.

  • July 14, 2017 14 Jul'17

    Free Microsoft Press eBooks July 2017

    The list of free Microsoft Press eBooks July 2017 is truly staggering in its size (252 titles) and range of coverage (17 topic categories). Check it out!

  • July 03, 2017 03 Jul'17

    MS Gives Fall Creators Update 1709 Label

    In a June 30 document from the Windows IT Center, MS Gives Fall Creators Update 1709 Label, thereby pegging the next Win10 release to September 2017.

  • June 05, 2017 05 Jun'17

    MS Leaks MORE Win10 Versions?

    An accidental release of Build 16212 turns up compelling evidence of more Win10 versions possibly in the offing for the next major release.

  • May 23, 2017 23 May'17

    Citrix Workspace brings contextual computing to application access

    The new Citrix Workspace will give users access to apps -- and let IT enforce policies -- based on their device type, network, location and other factors.

  • May 10, 2017 10 May'17

    Intel AMT Exploit Needs Attention

    Security researchers have discovered that an Intel AMT exploit needs attention for Intel PCs running firmware versions 6.x through 10.x, plus 11.0, 11.5 and 11.6.

  • April 14, 2017 14 Apr'17

    So Long Windows Vista

    On April 11, Windows Vista's status changed to end-of-life, as extended support ended at MS. Thus, it's time to say "So long Windows Vista!"

  • March 08, 2017 08 Mar'17

    AMD and ARM Deliver 1-2 Punch to Intel

    With other market players revving up their Windows compatibility and performance, AMD and ARM deliver 1-2 punch to Intel. How will it fight back?

  • March 03, 2017 03 Mar'17

    MS Status on UUP as Creator's Update Nears

    In a recent Windows 10 blog post, MS Status on UUP is explored and explained. While the report is mostly positive, it does omit recent bumps and wobbles.

  • January 27, 2017 27 Jan'17

    Cloud Shell Rumors Hint Thin Client Model for Windows

    Cloud Shell rumors hint thin client model for Windows 10 successor to run on all kinds of devices may be in the offing for later in 2017.

  • January 23, 2017 23 Jan'17

    Windows 7 Support Ends 1/14/2020

    Last week MS Germany reminded customers that Windows 7 support ends 1/14/2020, and gave them security and cost reasons to upgrade from that aging OS.

  • January 20, 2017 20 Jan'17

    CSM Subscribers Get Free Upgrades

    MS announces that CSM Subscribers Get Free Upgrades from Windows 7 or 8.1 to 10 for other devices outside current subscription agreements.

  • January 06, 2017 06 Jan'17

    CMD.exe NOT Going Away in Win10

    Contrary to numerous reports, CMD.exe not going away in Windows 10. True, recent Insider Preview builds replace it with Powershell in many menus.

  • December 29, 2016 29 Dec'16

    BSOD Meet GSOD!

    Recently leaked Insider Preview Windows 10 build 14997 introduces lots of changes, among them a green screen of death. BSOD meet GSOD!

  • December 07, 2016 07 Dec'16

    UUP Starts Getting Real

    Windows 10 Insider program principals recently announced a release hiatus to handle changes as UUP starts getting real, and defines future update formats.

  • December 02, 2016 02 Dec'16

    Windows 10 Desktop Share November 2016

    Data on Windows 10 Desktop Share November 2016 shows Windows 10 is muscling in on Windows 7. Reports differ widely on ongoing use of XP, though.

  • November 28, 2016 28 Nov'16

    Build 14971 Drops Cmd.exe for PowerShell

    Here's a bombshell from MS: Windows 10, Build 14971 drops Cmd.exe for PowerShell. What's up? Fortunately, batch files work in PowerShell so it's not so bad.

  • November 07, 2016 07 Nov'16

    Win10 Marketshare Flat in Q316

    Now that the free upgrade has ended, Win10 Marketshare Flat in Q316 sums up the current situation.

  • November 04, 2016 04 Nov'16

    Unified Update Platform Reduces Update Complexity

    The Windows 10 Unified Update Platform (UUP) is rolling out in Build 14959; it promises to download and install changes only on Win10 installs.

  • November 02, 2016 02 Nov'16

    Woody Leonhard Blesses KB3197954

    In the wake of the latest Win10 AU cumulate update, Woody Leonard blesses KB3197954 and gives the upgrade his seal of approval.

  • October 24, 2016 24 Oct'16

    Factoring Out Xbox in Active User Count

    When MS counts Windows 10 users, Xbox users are included. They recently published numbers that make factoring out xbox users easier.

  • October 21, 2016 21 Oct'16

    Win10 AU Zooms Into Majority Status

    Paul Thurrott reports that Win10 AU zooms into majority status, now running on 77 percent of Win10 desktops. He also concludes that AU issues are mostly solved, but I disagree.

  • September 28, 2016 28 Sep'16

    Win10 Hits 400M Users as Adoptions Slow

    It's been two months since the free upgrade program ended. Though the installation count of Win10 hits 400M users, adoption rates are slowing dramatically.

  • September 26, 2016 26 Sep'16

    MS Upgrade Analytics for Win10

    Windows Upgrade Analytics for Win10 makes telemetry data available inside organizations to help them get a grip on in-house Win10 upgrades and deployments.

  • September 03, 2016 03 Sep'16

    Windows Marketshare Jul-Aug 2016

    Looking at Windows Marketshare Jul-Aug 2016, we see Windows 7 holding steady, 10 continuing upward, and other versions declining.

  • August 12, 2016 12 Aug'16

    TechNet Article: Win10 Deployment Tools Updated

    As of August 11, 2016 MS has updated its TechNet Article: Win10 Deployment Tools with new information and coverage.

  • August 10, 2016 10 Aug'16

    In Windows 10 Fix-Its MIA

    For older Windows versions, MS offers online "fix-it" tools to address tricky issues. In Windows 10 Fix-Its MIA (missing in action) is the norm. Here's why.

  • August 01, 2016 01 Aug'16

    Long NTFS Filenames in Anniversary Update

    NTFS filenames have been limited to 260 characters in length, but a new Local Group Policy option in the Anniversary Update removes that restriction.

  • July 25, 2016 25 Jul'16

    Win10 Slow-flow Anniversary Update

    Microsoft fires off its next Windows 10 RTM in the form of a slow-flow Anniversary Update. It is staggered across the user base, so some will have to wait.

  • July 22, 2016 22 Jul'16

    The Windows 10 SMB Story So Far...

    Spiceworks tells the Windows 10 SMB story so far, with adoption rates and plans (or lack thereof) for companies not yet using Microsoft's latest desktop OS.

  • July 18, 2016 18 Jul'16

    Windows 10 1B Milestone Recedes

    Removing Windows Phones from adoption rates means MS must watch as the Windows 10 1B milestone recedes past its projected date in fiscal year 2018.

  • July 13, 2016 13 Jul'16

    Win10 Business Subscriptions Coming

    In Fall 2016, Microsoft plans to offer Win10 business subscriptions that include deployment, management and support for $7 per user per month. Wow!

  • July 08, 2016 08 Jul'16

    New AGPM 40SP3 Supports Win10

    Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management or APGM 4.0SP3 supports Win10 means comprehensive change control and better management for GPOs.

  • July 01, 2016 01 Jul'16

    Windows 10 Adoption Growth

    Windows 10 adoption growth hits a new milestone of 350M, breaks 19% in desktop share, while Windows 7 share drops below 50%.

  • June 29, 2016 29 Jun'16

    Windows 10 1608 Release?

    A news item on Windows Insider indicates the Anniversary Release will drop on August 2. Does that mean the new release will be labeled Windows 10 1608?

  • June 13, 2016 13 Jun'16

    Mind Blown -- MS Buys LinkedIn

    MS Buys LinkedIn, with all kinds of synergies sought for. Overlaps in training, certification, and professional development are most interesting!

  • May 25, 2016 25 May'16

    Avoid Win10 Upgrade Tricks

    MS has rigged Windows Update to incent, incite and perhaps even trick users into upgrading to Windows 10. Read about their known Win10 upgrade tricks!

  • May 13, 2016 13 May'16

    Old Hardware Makes USMC Hit Win10 Update Snag

    The CIO for the US DoD has decreed that it would upgrade all service branches to Windows 10 by early 2017; the USMC has hit a Win10 update snag.

  • May 06, 2016 06 May'16

    Free Win10 Upgrade Ends 7/29/2016

    MS confirms that its free Win10 upgrade ends 7/29/2016 for Windows 7 and 8.1. Act soon to exercise it, and save an upgrade snapshot for later!

  • May 05, 2016 05 May'16

    No Blocking Store Access in Win10Pro

    Now that Build 1511 has reached CBB status, admins can no longer use group policy for blocking Store access in Windows 10 Pro. Deal with it!

  • April 27, 2016 27 Apr'16

    US Govt Sites Show OS Use on Web

    Analytics.usa.gov shows how user OSes break out for government websites, with interesting trends for OS use on web, especially Windows 10.

  • April 15, 2016 15 Apr'16

    Updating Win10 CBB

    Right after Microsoft moved the build for the Current Business Branch (CBB) to 10586, they started updating Win10 CBB with a cumulative update.

  • April 13, 2016 13 Apr'16

    Meet the Windows 10 Tech Bench

    The Windows 10 Tech Bench provides resources, image files, and info for IT pros. It's a professional alternative to the Media Creation Tool.

  • April 11, 2016 11 Apr'16

    Win10 CBB Update 1 Is Here!

    Microsoft has announced the first update to its Current Branch for Business release for Windows 10 (Win10 CBB Update 1).

  • April 08, 2016 08 Apr'16

    Windows 10 Updates Internet PCs

    By default Windows 10 can download updates from or share updates with nearby peer PCs on the Internet. Is it right that Windows 10 Updates Internet PCs?

  • April 04, 2016 04 Apr'16

    Windows 10 market share hits number 2

    Windows 10 marketshare finds the OS in the number slot, vis-à-vis the other desktop OSes. Win10 still has a long way to go to pass Windows 7.

  • March 14, 2016 14 Mar'16

    Windows Sleep: Great When It Works

    For years Windows sleep has been a troubled topic, beset with problems during wake-up. Recent firmware and OS updates have apparently fixed these issues.

  • March 04, 2016 04 Mar'16

    Free MS eBook: Deploying Windows 10

    With release of the free eBook "Deploying Windows 10..." Microsoft Press describes how to use System Center Configuration Manager to handle this task.

  • February 19, 2016 19 Feb'16

    US DoD Hurry-Up Windows 10 Deployment

    The US Department of Defense mandates all arms to undertake Windows 10 deployment, to conclude by January 2016. 4 million devices will be involved.

  • February 12, 2016 12 Feb'16

    Clean Win10 Install: Few Updates Needed

    A recent bare-metal Windows 10 install on a new PC confirms that the cumulative update approach minimizes updates needed to achieve currency.

  • January 04, 2016 04 Jan'16

    Top 10 Posts for 2015

    Looking over the traffic to the blog for 2015, some interesting items pop out in the "Top 10" viewed items for that year.

  • October 19, 2012 19 Oct'12

    As GA Grows Ever Closer, More Signs of OS Completion Pop Up

    In the past couple of weeks, I've noticed an increasing number of signs that Windows 8 really is gearing up for full-scale commercial launch. For one thing, last week Lenovo posted a Windows 8 ...

  • January 11, 2012 11 Jan'12

    SmartDeploy Does "Drivers and Deltas" RIGHT for OS Images

    On November 28, I wrote a blog entitled "PSmartDeploy Helps Ease Heterogeneous OS Situations," in which I promised a follow-up early this year to provide more technical details about how the ...

  • January 06, 2012 06 Jan'12

    Interesting Thoughts on "Starting Over" with Your Chosen OS

    Earlier this week, I found one of my Windows 7 test machines in what can only be described as an "interesting state." For whatever reason (I'd just finished updating a bunch of hardware drivers, ...

  • November 28, 2011 28 Nov'11

    Prowess SmartDeploy Helps Ease Heterogeneous OS Situations

    In my previous blog "The Changing Face of OS Migration: Windows 7 and Beyond" I ruminated on the state of Windows desktop deployments in modern enterprises, based on a discussion on November 16 ...

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