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  • August 24, 2016 24 Aug'16

    Windows OS updates get simpler -- but there's a trade-off

    Microsoft's new monthly rollups will make Windows OS updates less hectic. IT won't be able to pick and choose which updates and patches to deploy, however.

  • January 11, 2016 11 Jan'16

    Say Goodbye to Windows 8.0?

    Thanks to some fine print in its Windows 8.1 support lifecycle policy, Windows 8.0 users lose maintstream support from Microsoft starting on January 12, 2016.

  • June 09, 2015 09 Jun'15

    Win8 Versions Overtake XP: Where's Win10?

    Every now and then I like to drop into NetMarketShare.com and see what's up on the Internet with desktop operating systems. Even as they grow increasingly passe and irrelevant, I'm still fascinated ...

  • February 17, 2015 17 Feb'15

    Windows 10 adoption will follow smaller, quicker updates

    Enterprise adoption of Windows 10 isn't likely to follow the same pattern as for Windows 7, and that's a good thing, writes columnist Brian Madden.

  • February 09, 2015 09 Feb'15

    Windows 8.* Slowly Overtaking XP, 7 Still on TOP

    Every now and then, I have to check in over at NetMarketShare.com, to see what's happening with the distribution of desktop OSes that the company detects on the Internet. This morning, I couldn't ...

  • January 22, 2015 22 Jan'15

    Subduing the Wily and Recalcitrant Windows.edb in Win8.1

    I am a great fan of checking in on my disks from time to time, especially my system/boot disk, which goes by C: on my system. The last time I fired up WinDirStat on my production system, my eyes ...

  • December 31, 2014 31 Dec'14

    Win8.1 "Update 3" ISOs Available on MSDN

    Those using Windows 8.1, or who wish to install the latest version of the OS, should be pleased to learn that MSDN's latest version of that OS in ISO form has been synched up to the November update ...

  • December 31, 2014 31 Dec'14

    Microsoft news dominates top 10 desktop developments of 2014

    Thanks to Windows and Office developments, Microsoft news was among our most popular coverage of the past year. See which articles came out on top.

  • December 01, 2014 01 Dec'14

    Win 8.1 Usage Crosses WinXP on StatCounter

    Here's an interesting graph to ponder, more than 7 months after Windows XP reached "end of life" status on April 8, 2014: StatCounter's GlobalStats chart for Top Desktop, Tablet and Console OSs ...

  • November 12, 2014 12 Nov'14

    MS Offers Create Installation Media Tool for Win8.1 Online

    For those who don't want to run a tool like the great Rufus, MS offers another option via the Windows 8 Web pages. Prosaically named mediacreationtool.exe, this utility is available as a free ...

  • October 15, 2014 15 Oct'14

    Update Tuesday Includes Three Critical Vulnerabilities & More

    Yesterday was the second Tuesday of the month, Microsoft's customary day to unleash its latest batch of updates, fixes, patches, and so forth. The October 14 collection included 30 mandatory items ...

  • September 22, 2014 22 Sep'14

    Ouch! "Zombie OS" Still Outweighs Win8 on the Desktop

    Looking at the desktop operating system market share pie chart over at NetMarketShare.com this morning, I couldn't help but observe that Microsoft's "zombie OS" -- by which I of course mean Windows ...

  • September 19, 2014 19 Sep'14

    Enough Already: Time for a New Win8.1 Build

    Take a look at this recent graph from Reliability Monitor: it's today's output from my production PC and it shows a dismal reliability graph, with Internet Explorer leading the way into the cellar ...

  • September 08, 2014 08 Sep'14

    IT preps for life as Windows 7 mainstream support ends

    Should IT pros stay with Windows 7 or leave now that mainstream support ends in January 2015? It might depend on which Windows OS you trust the most.

  • September 05, 2014 05 Sep'14

    Secunia PSI, CSI, and Windows 8.1

    In the ongoing battle to increase system stability on my production PC, I've found a new point of interest and attack in the Reliability Monitor log for my primary production PC -- namely, Secunia ...

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