When it preinstalled the Superfish adware on consumer PCs, Lenovo sold its customers out for a pittance, but it still hasn't had to disclose how much it received. Maybe it's time for a Truth in Labeling act to shine a light on this dark corner of the PC market.
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Ed Bott is an award-winning technology writer with more than two decades' experience writing for mainstream media outlets and online publications. He has served as editor of the U.S. edition of PC Computing and managing editor of PC World; both publications had monthly paid circulation in excess of 1 million during his tenure. He is the author of more than 25 books on Microsoft Windows and Office, including Windows 7 Inside Out (2009) and Office 2013 Inside Out (2013).
Through a new website, Microsoft is allowing some of its customers to download Windows 7 installation media in ISO format. But if you're hoping to repair or refresh an OEM installation of Windows 7, you're out of luck. I've got the details here.
That was fast. Roughly 24 hours after news emerged that an unknown number of Lenovo PCs were infected with potentially dangerous software, Microsoft released a tool that automatically removes the offending code. [Updated]
Windows 8 was filled with bold ideas, designed to move Windows forward in one giant leap. Three years later, as Windows 10 nears its release date, many of those innovative ideas are gone. Here's a look at what's been tossed away, and why.
The first Windows 10 release specifically targeted at phones is finally available. Here's what you'll find inside.
The Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, released yesterday, will install only on a handful of Windows Phone models. But even if your device is on the compatibility list, it might not be eligible for the preview. Here's what to look for.
Who's the busiest developer on Android these days? Some of the most impressive business apps are coming from an unlikely source, with Microsoft's business apps appearing on the Google Play Store and getting rave reviews.
This month's Patch Tuesday release includes three updates rated Critical, including a massive security update that fixes more than 40 flaws in Internet Explorer. A recently disclosed XSS vulnerability remains unpatched, however, and one Windows Server 2003 bug won't be fixed.
If the latest rumors are true, Microsoft is on track to release Windows 10 to its hardware partners as early as June. But in the new era of continuous development, RTM is just another milestone. Here's what it really means for businesses and consumers.
Touch-friendly versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are now available in preview editions for use on devices running Windows 10. Here's what you'll find in each one.
Microsoft has finally released preview versions of its touch-optimized Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps for use on tablets running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Here's what you can expect.
Another day, another zero-day exploit in Flash Player. How do you protect yourself from Flash-based attacks? Disable Flash except on sites where you explicitly allow it. Good news: This feature is built into IE and can be enabled with two clicks.
It's too early for a review of the Windows 10 preview, but there's enough substance in the latest builds to share some thoughts about the project's direction.
[Updated] There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I've been keeping this FAQ up to date with each new build. Here are the latest details after Microsoft's big January 2015 release of build 9926.
Microsoft's first prerelease version of Windows 10 is now available as a public Technical Preview. Here's what you need to know before you dive in.
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