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Windows 10 apps: Which are worth keeping? Which ones should you dump?

Windows 10 apps: Which are worth keeping? Which ones should you dump?

Every installation of Windows 10 includes a huge collection of built-in apps. Some are Universal apps that are updated from the Microsoft Store. Others are legacy apps that hang around because other programs expect them to be there. If you prefer a tidy system, many (but not all) of these apps can be uninstalled, especially if you prefer a third-party alternative. This gallery offers a comprehensive look at how to unclutter your copy of Windows 10.

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Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The new features that matter most

Windows 10 May 2019 Update: The new features that matter most

Windows 10 version 1903, which will be officially dubbed the May 2019 Update, begins rolling out soon. Here are some of the new capabilities you can expect in yet another feature-packed semi-annual release. (This gallery is based on a near-final Insider Preview release.)

April 4, 2019 by

A short history of Microsoft's Surface: Missteps and successes

A short history of Microsoft's Surface: Missteps and successes

Microsoft started working on the hybrid devices that now make up the Surface family back in 2009. The group has made some missteps along the way, but today its lineup of Windows 10 devices is genuinely impressive and widely imitated. Here's how the brand has evolved.

October 2, 2018 by

Top productivity apps for Android and iOS

Top productivity apps for Android and iOS

Regardless of the manufacturer name on the back of your Android device, you can install any one of the following apps and use your phone or tablet as your primary means to surf the web, manage email, and keep tabs on your agenda. Bonus: iOS versions available too!

May 16, 2018 by

16 Cortana shortcuts, secrets, and power tips

16 Cortana shortcuts, secrets, and power tips

The Cortana web service is tightly tied to Windows 10, which means you can get instant answers to some common questions and calculations without having to open a web browser. Here are 16 tricks that work directly in the Windows 10 search box.

April 14, 2018 by

In Memoriam: All the consumer products Microsoft has killed off

In Memoriam: All the consumer products Microsoft has killed off

In the early days of the PC revolution, Microsoft aggressively pursued the consumer market with products and services built for fun and games. In recent years, with the notable exception of Xbox and related gaming products, Microsoft has been killing off those products. Here's a look at the departed.

April 9, 2018 by

The best software inventions ever

The best software inventions ever

In this series, we look at everything, large and small, that has changed the way we do things or has significantly enhanced our lives. In part 13, we look at software innovation.

June 8, 2017 by

Meet the army of Surface Pro clones and lookalikes

Meet the army of Surface Pro clones and lookalikes

They laughed at the original Surface RT. But Microsoft persisted, refining the Surface Pro's features and engineering away its flaws through multiple iterations. The proof of success? Just look at all the Surface Pro clones.

May 26, 2017 by

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