For tech-savvy users who really want to run Windows 11 on older and officially unsupported hardware, there will be a way.
If you were expecting Microsoft to relent in its strict hardware requirements for Windows 11, prepare to be disappointed. Most PC designs from 2018 or earlier will be unable to make the upgrade.
The new Windows 11 Start Menu takes its cue from non-Windows smartphones - much to the displeasure of fans of Live Tiles, first seen in Windows 8.
New Windows 11 builds in Microsoft's Dev Channel will contain previews of features that won't be aligned with the upcoming release of Windows 11.
Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 test build alongside its first official Windows 11 ISOs. It also has released a first test build of the updated Windows 11 clock app.
Does Windows 11 offer more granular browser controls, or is it a ploy to keep users on Microsoft Edge?
Microsoft has released two new Windows 10 preview builds from the 21H2 and 21H1 branches, fixing numerous issues.
Microsoft is starting to roll out test builds of some Windows 11 apps, including the new Snipping Tool, Calculator and Mail/Calendar app, alongside its latest Windows 11 test build.
Not happy with Microsoft's new Windows 11 Start Menu? Stardock has an app for that.
Microsoft latest subscription service lets you run a Windows 10 PC in the cloud. What happens if you try to install a Windows 11 Insider Preview on that device? I took the plunge.
If you need to work at home amidst distraction, this Windows 11 feature could be your answer.
Vast segments of the PC population are unprotected. Upgrade your hardware and get the shot.
Microsoft asked for questions from customers about its new software. It wasn't quite prepared for what transpired.
The latest build of Windows 11 hits the Beta channel in the Windows Insiders Program, but the new Chat button won't be enabled for a few weeks.
Microsoft brings Chat in Teams to Windows 11 and a host of improvements to the taskbar.
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.
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.)
Windows 10 version 1809, officially the October 2018 Update,started rolling out October 2. Here are some of the new capabilities you can expect in this surprisingly feature-packed release. (This gallery is based on a near-final Insider Preview release.)
macOS is a great platform, but there are times when some Mac users still need access to Windows and Windows apps.
The latest Windows 10 feature update includes the first public release of the Timeline feature as well as dozens of smaller enhancements to the Windows 10 user experience. Here's what you can expect.
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.
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.
Like the look of Apple's new iMac Pro workstation, but you're a Windows user so macOS is a no-go zone for you? No worries! You can get all the power and performance of the iMac Pro while still being able to run Windows.
Want to use the Windows BitLocker feature but there's no TPM in your PC? No problems. Here's how you can fit one yourself for under $20.
Sometimes, Windows can be very frustrating. These are my 15 go-to tools for eliminating annoyances.
Those who want a Windows powered laptop don't have to feel jealous of those who choose the macOS path, because there are some truly awesome Windows 10 laptops available.
How well do you know the ins and outs of Microsoft's flagship operating system? Every week, Windows expert Ed Bott delivers a new trick or shortcut. We've collected his most popular tips.
Looking to build a cheap Windows 10 PC? Here are the components you need to build a system that comes in at $400, including Windows 10! As always, shop around for the best deal on components, and remember that component prices change regularly. (Updated November 2016)
In "go big or go home" world of tech, these products went home.
Many professionals find themselves working on both Macs and PCs. If your work requires you to jump back and forth between Windows and Mac systems, here are some apps that will make your life easier.
You may be able to easily run your Windows programs on Chromebooks soon.
You've just upgraded to the most recent version of Windows 10. Before you get back to work, do these seven things to cut annoyances to a bare minimum.
PUA/PUP-blocking option to be added in Windows 10 May 2020 update.
There's a handful of apps that users should install before doing anything else.
Microsoft beefs up chat features in Microsoft Teams to take on rivals like Zoom and Google Meet.
Microsoft releases a public preview of Rust/WinRT for Rust programming language developers to test.
Ed Bott demos the YubiKey 5 NFC and YubiKey 5Ci, two small but powerful devices that can significantly tighten up your online security. Read more: https://zd.net/35mHTeO
Zoom halts feature development to focus on security problems
Windows 10 users can manually install the new patch to fix internet connectivity problems.
The March 2020 Patch Tuesday fixes 115 vulnerabilities.
Windows is powerful, but it often arrives on your PC as a bloated, crapware-filled mess. Here's how to remove the bloatware and clean it up, without making things worse with more crapware-filled helper apps.
Microsoft's support of Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020. Your business has four options.
This Windows 7 bug prevents users from shutting down or rebooting computers.
The swivel-screen XPS 12 offers clever design, solid build quality and a high-quality (if reflective) screen. Battery life is not great, though, and this system is severely lacking in connectivity — even by ultrabook standards.
The Core i5-based Surface Pro combines ultrabook components with a (chunky) 10.6in. tablet form factor to deliver decent performance and excellent build quality. However, a few design issues, missing features and, above all, disappointing battery life suggest you'd be wise to wait and see how this product develops.
An ultrabook that can convert to a tablet when the occasion demands, the ThinkPad Twist has a lot going for it. The build quality is very good, and there are enough business-friendly features to make it acceptable as a BYOD system. Battery life may be an issue though.
Microsoft's ARM-based tablet has plenty of good points, but there are enough downsides to make caution advisable. The hardware platform and the Windows RT ecosystem will undoubtedly improve, so we'd suggest giving version 1.0 a miss unless you're an avid early adopter.
Microsoft is looking ahead to a future of private and public clouds, where information is everything, and users can access it however they want. Is Microsoft's latest server OS up to the job?
If you're shopping at the premium end of the business desktop market, you'll be hard-pressed to do better than the Dell OptiPlex 960.
Despite its strong performance, the tacky design and inflated price leaves the Toshiba Tecra R10 behind the competition.
The desktop is dead, long live the thin client desktop. Following the trend of migrating applications into the datacentre, thin clients have become increasingly popular. We found HP's first mobile thin client to be a reliable system at a reasonable price.
The Lenovo A57 is a well-priced office desktop with a strong performance. While very similar to its smaller sibling, the M57e, the A57 offers better performance and upgrade options for a small price increase.
A good value laptop that outperforms many other notebooks at the same price -- the only feature missing is a DVD burner.
The Acer Aspire e650 is a powerful, feature-rich media centre, but we're still not convinced that Viiv is mature enough for mass adoption.
ASUS enters the local smartphone arena with a bang -- the P525 quad-band PDA looks to be a great companion for the mobile professional.
Microsoft has changed the look and feel of its venerable browser while adding some much-needed security features.
The BlackBerry for non-corporate users who require extensive multimedia capabilities, in addition to push-e-mail. (It's also a phone, portable audio/video player, camera, organiser, navigator and note-taking device.)
It has Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera and runs on Windows Mobile 5.0, yet shares the same dimensions as the Xda II Mini. Find out what the hype on the Xda Atom is all about.