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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.

  • February 21, 2020 21 Feb'20

    Latest Windows 10 update issue another QA stain

    Microsoft pulled a Windows 10 security fix this month, causing experts to call for more testing and oversight -- again.

  • 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 20, 2019 20 Dec'19

    Windows 10 issues continue with Autopilot update

    Microsoft recently rolled out a Windows 10 update to general users that was intended only for Autopilot-configured machines. After past issues, are users comfortable with Windows OS updates?

  • 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 13, 2019 13 Dec'19

    MS Unveils New Win10 Icon and More

    In a blog post to medium.com, CVP Jon Friedman talks about MS unveils new Win10 icon and the general icon redesign effort behind it all. Great stuff!

  • December 09, 2019 09 Dec'19

    China Says No Mo Windows or PCs Starting 2022

    China Says No Mo Windows or PCs Starting 2022, meaning that it won't use non-Chinese software or OSes after that date. Can the Communist Party order up a new OS that fast? We'll see.

  • 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.

  • November 25, 2019 25 Nov'19

    Thanksgiving Break 2019

    I'll be taking this week off from blogging, so I'll wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous long holiday weekend instead. Cheers!

  • 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.

  • July 19, 2019 19 Jul'19

    MS 19Q4 Financials Offer Interesting Insights

    The latest financials from MS are in for Q4 of its fiscal year. The company continues to thrive, with Azure leading the way, but other sectors -- including Windows OS -- contributing to the bottom ...

  • July 16, 2019 16 Jul'19

    Despite Windows 10 issues, customers remain confident in OS

    The issues surrounding the latest Windows 10 OS update have affected some users to the point of annoyance, while others remain unaffected and unfazed by the continued issues.

  • June 04, 2019 04 Jun'19

    IT wary of Windows 10 adoption despite approaching deadline

    With the Windows 7 end of support date approaching, IT professionals must migrate to Windows 10. However, skepticism over Windows 10 adoption still remains despite the deadline.

  • May 06, 2019 06 May'19

    IE mode unburdens IT admins by running legacy apps on Microsoft Edge

    At its annual developer conference, Microsoft introduced IE mode to Microsoft Edge. The new feature will help IT admins run legacy applications on a more modern browser.

  • May 01, 2019 01 May'19

    MS Valuation Hits Trillion Dollar Mark

    On April 30, with a stock value at the market close of $130.60 per share, MS valuation hits trillion dollar mark. Now the question is: can MS stay there?

  • April 19, 2019 19 Apr'19

    Latest Windows 10 update issues cause more freezing problems

    This news brief details the additional issues around the April 9 Windows 10 update as well as provides a look at Microsoft's Edge browser, built using Google's open sourced web browser Chromium.

  • April 15, 2019 15 Apr'19

    With the new Windows 10 OS update, trust but verify

    The latest Windows 10 update, scheduled for late May, will give installation controls back to IT admins. In this Q&A, Dave Sobel talks about why that's important.

  • April 14, 2019 14 Apr'19

    MCT1903 Misnomer Not Available

    Though some enterprising Windows-head found a file named MediaCreationTool1903.exe, it's a MCT1903 Misnomer not available to the public just yet, as a bit of DISM inspection shows. It will be ready ...

  • April 04, 2019 04 Apr'19

    MS Backs Off Forcing Updates

    In a surprising but welcome move, MS Corporate VP for Windows Mike Fortin announces that, starting with the next feature upgrade, MS backs off forcing updates on users. All I can say is: "Hooray!"

  • 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.

  • March 29, 2019 29 Mar'19

    Win10 1809 Designated for Broad Deployment

    About one month before the next feature upgrade would typically appear, MS finally proclaims Win10 1809 designated for broad deployment. 'Bout time!

  • March 27, 2019 27 Mar'19

    AdDuplex Tells Interesting 1809 Story

    In publishing its latest release distribution numbers, Latvian software company AdDuplex tells interesting 1809 story -- namely, that for every 1809 user, there are 2.5+ users running 1803 or some ...

  • March 21, 2019 21 Mar'19

    Enterprises are adopting UEM technology -- but slowly

    The bigger the company, the more challenging it will be to migrate to a UEM system. But, according to Gartner's Chris Silva, the move is a necessary one.

  • February 20, 2019 20 Feb'19

    New MyOffice App Makes Office Ubiquitous

    Starting 2/20/2019, a new MyOffice app makes Office ubiquitous. Works with local and remote executables, across multiple platforms and OSes.

  • February 17, 2019 17 Feb'19

    Another Free Win7 Life Extension

    In announcing a preview of its Microsoft Virtual Desktop Azure-based technology, MS sneakily offers another free Win7 life extension. Very interesting!

  • January 16, 2019 16 Jan'19

    Windows 7 Inside Last Extended Support Year

    With Windows 7 inside last extended support year, lots of businesses and organizations need to plan to migrate to Windows 10 sooner rather than later. Here's why...

  • December 17, 2018 17 Dec'18

    Opinions of Windows 10 run hot and cold for IT experts

    The past year was a roller coaster ride for Windows 10. Microsoft had to put out fires with the October 2018 Update, but it also announced welcome changes to the Edge browser.

  • November 29, 2018 29 Nov'18

    Microsoft Windows as a service still finding its footing

    As Microsoft continues to battle bugs in Windows 10, some analysts and developers blame its quality-control process and a lack of services in Windows as a service.

  • November 26, 2018 26 Nov'18

    Tablets and Laptops Supplant Desktop PCs

    According to the UK Government's Office of Communications (Ofcom), tablet and laptops supplant desktop PCs in the vast majority of end-user homes. Desktops won't disappear, but they're no longer ...

  • August 29, 2018 29 Aug'18

    Get users on board with your VMware Workspace One deployment

    Users are the crux of a Workspace One enterprise implementation, but it takes a lot of work to get them excited about new processes.

  • 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 18, 2018 18 Apr'18

    Workflow automation software improves LA court productivity

    Court's in session, and the jury is unanimous: Automation software can help IT departments provide simpler workflows for end users on both desktops and mobile devices.

  • 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.

  • March 28, 2018 28 Mar'18

    Microsoft Edge web browser has a long way to go against Chrome

    Recent updates to Chrome continue to increase its viability for business users, which could make it difficult for Microsoft's Edge web browser to take over shares of Google's in the enterprise.

  • February 12, 2018 12 Feb'18

    No Win10 Means No Office 2019

    MS has laid down the law: no Win10 means no Office 2019. If you don't get on the Win10 bandwagon, you can't stay on the Office 365 one, either.

  • 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.

  • February 02, 2018 02 Feb'18

    Microsoft Office 2019 release will force IT to migrate to Windows 10

    If you're not yet on Windows 10, news about the upcoming Microsoft Office 2019 release may force your hand. Plus, the company could go all in on Office 365.

  • January 30, 2018 30 Jan'18

    Access Innovation Awards recognize desktop transformation

    The Access Innovation Awards highlight two creative and successful end-user computing projects. One of these IT initiatives dove headfirst into cloud with a migration of physical and virtual desktops to desktop as a service, all while monitoring ...

  • 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.

  • October 06, 2017 06 Oct'17

    Win10 Usage Approaches Win7 Levels

    Various sources that document OS choices for Internet users indicate that Win10 usage approaches Win7 levels.

  • 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 12, 2017 12 Sep'17

    IT pros share their Windows 10 deployment trials and triumphs

    Real Windows 10 adopters dish on the ups and downs of migrating to the OS, including struggles with automatic updates and the strong security benefits.

  • 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 06, 2017 06 Sep'17

    Endpoint security threats force Windows to adapt

    Windows 10 micro-virtualization aims to protect against emerging threats. Microsoft's partner in this initiative, Bromium, says Windows remains IT's biggest security challenge.

  • 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 31, 2017 31 Aug'17

    VMware unified endpoint management must improve UX, GM says

    UEM has limited benefits if it doesn't help users do their jobs. VMware general manager Noah Wasmer discusses Workspace One's role in doing just that.

  • August 15, 2017 15 Aug'17

    PC market decline coming to an end

    The PC market decline has encouraged vendors to innovate in order to survive. With this and several other factors, the decline is set to see a marked slowdown.

  • 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.

  • August 04, 2017 04 Aug'17

    Continue on PC, Timeline features raise Windows 10 security concerns

    New features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update link PCs and smartphones, making users more productive. But they present some security issues for IT to worry about.

  • July 31, 2017 31 Jul'17

    IT eschews these three Windows 10 features

    IT professionals and consultants share a few features in Windows 10 that aren't all that useful in the enterprise. Plus, some organizations shy away from universal apps.

  • 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 06, 2017 06 Jul'17

    Windows 10 enterprise adoption faces legacy app roadblocks

    Windows 10 turns two this month, but most organizations forgo its security enhancements and stick with Windows 7 because of legacy app incompatibility or resistance to change.

  • 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 19, 2017 19 Jun'17

    Google Chrome Enterprise Bundle pulls IT away from the Edge

    The Chrome Enterprise Bundle helps IT manage the most popular browser in the consumer market, giving organizations a reason to move away from Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.

  • June 07, 2017 07 Jun'17

    New edition of Windows 10 to take on big data

    Microsoft revealed plans to release a new edition of Windows 10 that can optimize PCs to deal with intensive data workloads. That could be a big help to companies that rely on machine learning data and more.

  • 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 11, 2017 11 May'17

    Windows 10 Fall Creators Update loaded with cross-platform features

    New features in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, announced this week at Microsoft Build, will help developers to create more consistent cross-platform apps and users to work better between different devices.

  • 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.

  • May 01, 2017 01 May'17

    Windows 10 Cloud OS has steep hill to climb

    IT experts are skeptical that Microsoft can deliver a quality OS in Windows 10 Cloud, which the company is expected to announce this week along with a new, low-end PC.

  • April 27, 2017 27 Apr'17

    Citrix CEO talks H-1B visas, other Trump proposals

    As President Donald Trump's administration considers changes to tax, healthcare and immigration laws, large technology companies are primed to feel some of the biggest effects. The CEO of one such ...

  • April 17, 2017 17 Apr'17

    Windows 10 Creators Update features fall short for IT

    IT pros hoped for more advanced security tools and other new Windows 10 Creators Update features, but they were underwhelmed by what they actually received.

  • April 10, 2017 10 Apr'17

    Microsoft, Google vie to be masters of the universal OS

    Developers and IT admins have to manage and build apps for a multitude of different operating systems and device types. Windows 10 and Google's universal OS could change that.

  • March 15, 2017 15 Mar'17

    Windows 10 patch management comes to EMM in VMware AirWatch 9.1

    Ideally, businesses can take a unified endpoint management approach to managing their mobile devices and PCs with one platform. AirWatch 9.1 moves closer to that goal.

  • March 10, 2017 10 Mar'17

    Three factors that should drive your new end-user computing strategy

    End-user computing continues to bring major changes, including device convergence and device as a service. It also leads to users demanding device- and OS-agnostic apps.

  • March 10, 2017 10 Mar'17

    Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 leads the PC replacement pack

    Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 2-in-1 is a more likely PC replacement than Apple's iPad Pro, thanks to Windows 10 and its Continuum feature. The tech industry continues to search for a device that ...

  • March 08, 2017 08 Mar'17

    Windows 10 migration plans hit a wall

    Microsoft's free Windows 10 upgrade offer boosted adoption last year. But now, without that incentive, businesses are holding onto Windows 7 for as long as they can.

  • 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.

  • February 27, 2017 27 Feb'17

    New tool translates Windows 10 Group Policy Objects into MDM policies

    It can be taxing to match Group Policy Objects to their corresponding MDM policies. A migration tool coming in Windows 10 aims to help companies adopt a new way to manage PCs.

  • February 17, 2017 17 Feb'17

    New Windows 10 insider program coming for businesses

    Microsoft's upcoming Windows Insider Program for Businesses will cater to IT professionals. Through the program, nicknamed WIP4Biz, IT admins will be able to test new Windows 10 features with their ...

  • February 09, 2017 09 Feb'17

    Microsoft Edge security updates target Windows 10 web-based attacks

    Microsoft will improve Edge browser security to ward off cross-site scripting and content-injection web-based attacks. Content Security Policy Level 2 support is coming in April.

  • 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 23, 2016 23 Dec'16

    New VMware EUC lead: Shadow IT is the biggest cybersecurity threat

    IT pros work to defend against breaches and hacks, but it's their own users that continue to be a threat. This issue could drive workspace adoption in 2017.

  • December 08, 2016 08 Dec'16

    Wait, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update wasn't already enterprise-ready?

    Microsoft's declaration in November that the latest version of Windows 10 is enterprise-ready created confusion in some businesses that had already been using it for months. After Microsoft ...

  • 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 22, 2016 22 Nov'16

    Built-in Windows 10 ads annoy IT pros

    Advertisements are pretty unavoidable on your favorite websites and social media. Now users have to deal with them on Windows 10, too. On its lock screen, Windows 10 displays ads for apps, games ...

  • 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.

  • November 01, 2016 01 Nov'16

    IT raises eyebrows, as changes to Windows OS updates get underway

    The update model Microsoft uses for Windows 10 started last month on Windows 7 and 8.1. Some admins are concerned it takes control out of IT's hands and have noticed issues with the new model.

  • 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.

  • October 14, 2016 14 Oct'16

    New Windows 10 features aim to prevent productivity delays

    In an update to the OS next year, Microsoft looks to stop Windows 10 from crashing, prevent restarts from automatic updates and provide more details in Task Manager.

  • October 13, 2016 13 Oct'16

    MobileIron Bridge fills Windows 10 application deployment void

    MobileIron Bridge, a new add-on service, expands IT's Windows 10 application deployment options. Admins can now deploy and manage legacy applications via enterprise mobility management.

  • 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 27, 2016 27 Sep'16

    PC market decline forces devices to evolve

    Despite the well-documented decline of the PC market, opportunities around 2-in-1s, niche markets and Windows 10 arise to keep businesses buying new computers.

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