Want to try Windows 11 the risk-free way? Use Hyper-V to create a virtual machine where you can test the new operating system without losing access to your "real" PC. I've got the step-by-step instructions here.
Solid midrange performance at a decent price.
Microsoft is readying a new Feedback Portal that will be available for user feedback, first for Microsoft 365 and Edge -- and for Windows as well, in 2022.
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For the first time ever, Microsoft is releasing a Windows upgrade that it doesn't want most of its existing customers to use. But, especially on new hardware, Windows 11 offers some serious usability improvements, along with a handful of annoyances.
Microsoft's global rollout of Windows 11 is kicking off. Here are a bunch of answers to questions I've been getting from readers about availability, hardware-check loopholes and more.
Using data from haveibeenpwned.com, Mozilla found that hundreds of thousands of people continue to use their favorite superheroes for passwords.
Windows 11 is ready to roll out to the general public. Should you install the upgrade on your Windows 10 devices? Don't even think about it until you've answered these five questions.
Out with the old Surface Hub Teams app and in with Teams Rooms for Surface Hub by November.
Windows 11 could be a very slow and heavy-lifting rollout for enterprise organizations.
Microsoft's ever-expanding lineup of Surface PCs now covers a wide range of hardware factors and price points -- and every model is Windows 11-ready. Here's a field guide for sorting out which Surface PC should be on your shortlist.
This custom backdoor lets attackers remotely steal tokens and certificates from Microsoft's identity platform.
My Surface Pro 7 is less than a year old and still working just fine. But the improvements in Microsoft's new release make an irresistible case for an upgrade.
For anyone still wondering whether Windows 11 is for them, Microsoft makes a lofty plea. But what does it mean?
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All devices, including the Duo 2, will be available starting October 5, the day Microsoft launches Windows 11.
It's easy! All you need is the Windows 11 ISO and Parallels Desktop 17.
The YubiKey 5C NFC can be used across a broad range of platforms -- iOS, Android, Windows, macOS and Linux -- and on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer that supports USB-C ports or NFC.
The new Aegis Secure Key 3NXC builds on Apricorn's Secure Key 3z and Aegis Secure Key 3NX, taking the same proven form-factor and physical keypad, and adding something that users have been asking for -- USB-C support.
Need a USB-C hub that can turn a single port into a multitude of ports? Want the hub to wirelessly charge your gadgets? Want it to be small?
If you need a portable USB-C hub with an Ethernet port, this is for you.
New features include Break Time, Unit Convertor, and Enhanced Search.
These laptops conform to Microsoft’s Windows 10 Secured-core PC requirements and have been tested to meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G standards.
The world’s first laptop with a Mini LED display.
A gaming laptop with a premium sandblasted core black chassis.
The new 15.6-inch GE66 Raider features the latest CPU and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics and an ultrafast 300Hz display powered by a massive 99.9 Whr battery.
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A clean install is the perfect way to get a fresh start with a Windows PC. Use this checklist to make sure you take care of the small details that make a big difference in productivity
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Looking for your next laptop but aren't sure where to start? ZDNet has you covered. We break down the best laptops for various jobs and uses. Read more: https://zd.net/3cX2axf
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Whether you are responsible for a single Windows 10 PC or thousands of enterprise PCs, your challenges for managing updates are the same. Your goals are to install security updates promptly, manage feature updates intelligently, and prevent unexpected restarts from cutting into productivity.
Second only to AWS among cloud providers, Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud-based computing services available to businesses, developers, government agencies, and anyone who wants to build an app or run an enterprise without having to manage hardware.
These new features fix remote classroom shortcomings.
Microsoft has plans for single-screen Windows 10X rollout in spring 2021and for dual-screen in spring 2022.
An influential Apple pundit says Apple’s new Macs are going to usher in a “a new era of PCs.” Ed Bott says, “I don’t think so.” Read more: https://zd.net/2WLlaGz
New KDP security feature is currently being tested with Windows 10 Insider builds.
Microsoft's new command-line app can help advanced Windows users recover deleted files and photos.
Windows 10 users find a new glitch with certain configurations, missed by Microsoft in testing the latest feature update.
Microsoft brings malware scanning to firmware on Windows 10 PCs.
The technical preview of Windows 10 is heavy on tools for the power desktop user that businesses will want to evaluate, but the most important features will be visible later in the preview cycle.
If you need a Windows 8.1 computer that's flexible enough to be a tablet, a laptop (if you add the optional keyboard) and even (if you add the optional docking station) a desktop PC, then the Surface Pro 3 manages the trade-offs as well as anything on the market.
This affordable 8-inch Atom-based (Bay Trail) Windows 8.1 tablet has a nice IPS screen and delivers all-day battery life under light usage modes. Limited screen size, internal storage and processing power will prevent it from being more than a companion device for mobile professionals though.
The 10.1-inch Transformer Book T100 is a well made and attractively priced hybrid Windows 8.1 tablet. However, its moderate specification and small size make it difficult to recommend as your primary Windows device.
The Haswell-based Surface Pro 2 delivers improved performance and battery life, and its dual-angle kickstand is also welcome. However, the Pro 2's unchanged chassis design feels bulkier and heavier than ever, and it becomes very expensive when fully accessorised.
The Lumia 1020 has a truly impressive 41-megapixel camera and a high-quality 4.5-inch AMOLED screen, but many Windows Phone fans might do better with the 920 and a good dedicated camera.
This excellent Windows 8 tablet/ultrabook hybrid has a well-designed keyboard docking mechanism, typically solid build quality and a specification well suited to mainstream business use. It has a hefty price tag, though, and the lack of SD-based storage expansion is perplexing.
The Lumia 925 is a slimmer and lighter Windows Phone 8 handset than its 920 predecessor, with a neater and more ergonomic design. It lacks integrated wireless charging but supports LTE and NFC, and has an excellent 4.5in. AMOLED screen.
Although it's well built and delivers decent battery life, the ElitePad 900's combination of a basic Atom-based tablet and a range of optional extras is an expensive way to build a work-ready system.
The chunky Toughpad FZ-G1 has a high-resolution outdoor-visible screen, is moderately rugged, and delivers decent performance and middling battery life with the standard battery. The biggest drawback, however, is the price.
Although it's expensive for a moderate-performing Atom-based Windows 8 tablet, the ThinkPad Tablet 2's design and build quality are excellent, while pen support is a real bonus.
The Atom-based Latitude 10 is short on performance, but delivers excellent battery life — especially with the optional 4-cell battery. Although some aspects of the industrial design and build quality could be better, this is a decent business-class Windows 8 tablet.