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Microsoft delays tools for third-party Cortana integrations

Microsoft has delayed the release of its tools for connecting other services to the Cortana virtual assistant, a decision that could cause it to lose ground in a crowded industry.

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How to easily switch between open windows of the same program

Windows doesn't have a built-in way to switch between open windows of the same program. Easy Windows Switcher helps fix that.

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Windows 10 Creators Update could take months to roll out, data suggests

Data released by AdDuplex suggests that it took up to three months for most users to get the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, and the same could go for the upcoming Creators Update.

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Pwn2Own hacking contest ends with two virtual machine escapes

Two teams of researchers managed to win the biggest bounties at this year's Pwn2Own hacking contest by escaping from the VMware Workstation virtual machine and executing code on the host operating system.

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Microsoft says it's blocking Windows 7, 8 patches on latest AMD, Intel chips

Microsoft takes the rather harsh step of blocking Windows updates to those who try to run Windows 7 or Windows 8 on Intel Kaby Lake or AMD Ryzen chips.

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Windows 10's Creators Update tweaks a workaround for mandatory updates

Windows 10's Creators update may force critical patches over metered connections.

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Microsoft quietly teases new Creators Update inside Windows 10's settings

Microsoft has begun a low-key promotion for the next Windows 10 feature upgrade with the release of this month's Patch Tuesday updates.

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Microsoft adds in-game chat transcription for Windows 10 and Xbox One

Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One can now transcribe speech-to-text or text-to-speech in Halo Wars 2.

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4 of the best Windows 10 app launchers for increasing your productivity

Add one of these to your desktop to more quickly open programs, find important files, search the web, and more.

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Microsoft fixes record number of flaws, some publicly known

Microsoft's batch of security patches for March is one of the largest ever and includes fixes for several vulnerabilities that are publicly known and actively exploited.

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Windows Vista has just 30 days to live

Microsoft's extended support for Windows Vista runs out on April 11, and that's probably a good thing.

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PCWorld's March Digital Edition: Windows 10 Creators Update

Enjoy the best of PCWorld.com in a curated Digital Edition for Android and iOS.

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Discover the power of Bash, the Linux command line tool hiding in Windows 10

Windows devs have a new weapon in the age-old Windows-vs-Linux battle: The Linux command line itself

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Microsoft's .NET Core slowly marches onto Raspberry Pi 3

Microsoft's .NET Core is now making its way to Raspberry Pi developer boards, and an official .NET 2.0 Core is coming from the software company later this year.

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Microsoft ads invade Windows 10's File Explorer

Windows 10 is now selling Office 365 subscriptions with an ad in File Explorer.