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Windows 10 Creators Update could ship March 31, and we're already worried about bugs   

We'd rather wait than have a repeat of the Anniversary Update's shenanigans.

Microsoft hasn't officially committed to a ship date for Windows 10's Creators Update, but evidence suggests it could reach Insiders as soon as the end of March. Given how the last major Windows 10 update went, however, we're feeling equal parts eagerness and caution.

So far, all Microsoft has promised for the Creators Update is that it will ship in "early 2017." Two tantalizing clues suggest a more specific date: Both Microsoft's Surface Studio PC and Dell's Canvas monitor offer features closely tied to the Creators Update, and both now list shipping dates at the end of March. It's no stretch to suppose that both companies would align those releases with the Creators Update, and Dell has said as much already.

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Published on January 27, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
You still can not turn off Windows 10 built-in spyware   

Microsoft is reducing the data it collects from your Windows 10 PCs, but what does that really mean? Good question. Microsoft isn't saying.

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Published on January 23, 2017 by Bob Uhlman  --  Revised on January 23, 2017
Memory Hogs: PC Performance Alerts   

Memory Hogs is a free program for Microsoft Windows designed to monitor the performance of PC components, and alert you when thresholds are reached. While you may notice that something is wrong performance-wise when things slow down to a crawl, crash, stutter, or show other symptoms of weakness, it is sometimes not as obvious at first that something is wrong.

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Published on January 23, 2017 by Bob Uhlman  --  Revised on January 23, 2017
5 Linux Desktop Environments on the Rise for 2017   

With each passing year, the Linux desktop ecosystem shifts and morphs from one darling to the next. Although it's sometimes challenging to tell, from month to month, which desktop will reign as the fan favorite, there are always signs that a particular desktop is going to rise in market share.

Three trends I always examine are evolution, usability, and modernity. I prefer my desktops to have evolved along with the needs of current trends and users, to be easily used, and have a modern design aesthetic. Bonus points are generally awarded for a high range of flexibility.

Currently, the Linux desktop environment is dominated by Cinnamon, Xfce, GNOME, and Ubuntu Unity. Of those four, I believe only one will see a sharp rise in market share in 2017. Which one? Let's dive in and see which five desktops, I think will climb the rank and file.

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Published on January 23, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
The Browser Setting That Everyone Should Turn Off Right Now   

Affected browsers include biggies like Chrome, Safari, and Opera, as well as extensions like the password manager/form filler LastPass, which is perhaps an even more obvious target. So, if you're currently using any of these, it'd be wise to head to your Preference menu and temporarily disable the autofill feature until a security patch is pushed out.

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Published on January 21, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
Microsoft's latest Windows 10 ad annoys Chrome users with taskbar pop-ups   

Ads on the Windows 10 taskbar aren't just for Microsoft Edge anymore

Myce recently spotted yet another pop-up ad on the taskbar in Windows 10. This time around Microsoft was advertising its extension for Chrome dubbed the Personal Shopping Assistant (Beta). The extension is a Microsoft Garage project that lets you compare prices across shopping sites.

Prior to the Chrome extension pop-up, Microsoft was advertising its rewards program for Microsoft Edge, which we spotted in early November. The earlier ad appeared to be targeted at people who didn't use Edge that frequently.

The Chrome one, by comparison, is probably targeted at people who use Chrome as their default browser. Microsoft's likely thinking that if people won't stop using Chrome on Windows, at least they can use some Microsoft software while they're doing it.

Microsoft told that ads like the one for the Chrome

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Published on January 20, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Microsoft labels Windows 7 'outdated' as it stumps for 10   

Microsoft on Monday reminded customers running Windows 7 that they have just three years of support remaining, told them that the aged OS was "long outdated" and urged them to upgrade to Windows 10.

Windows 7 will exit what Microsoft calls Extended Support on Jan. 14, 2020; at that point, the company will stop all security updates.

Microsoft used the three-years-and-counting milestone to simultaneously denigrate Windows 7 and promote its successor. "Windows 7 is based on long-outdated security architectures," said Markus Nitschke, the head of Microsoft Germany, in a post to a German-language company blog, adding that the OS "does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT departments."

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Published on January 18, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
CCleaner v5.26, to clean and speed up your computer   

Is your computer not running as fast as it used to? Use CCleaner to boost its performance!
As your machine gets older it will collect unused files and settings, which slows it down and takes up valuable hard drive space. CCleaner will remove all these unnecessary files, fix registry issues and instantly make your computer run faster! It will also protect your privacy by securely erasing cookies and browsing history.

This latest version brings:
- Improved Firefox History and Session Cleaning
- Improved Opera History cleaning
- Improved Thunderbird Session cleaning

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Published on January 17, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Best Linux Distributions for New Users   

Ah, the age-old that holds far more importance than simply pointing out which Linux distribution is a fan-favorite. Why is that?

Let me set the stage: You have a user one who has, most likely, spent the majority of their time in front of either a Windows or Mac machine and they've come to you for an alternative. You want to point them in a direction that will bring about the least amount of hiccups along the way and highlight the power and flexibility of Linux.

But, remember, the single most important aspect is that they must get it, out of the box.

That's why we often take the time to point out which distributions are best designed for new users -- because bringing new users into the mix is the best way to spread the word and grow the base.

With that said, what are the best distributions for new users?

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Published on January 16, 2017 by Paul Illingworth
Microsoft Security Updates January 2017   

It is the second Tuesday of the month, and that means it is once again Patch Day over at Microsoft.

The company has released security updates and non-security updates for client and server versions of its Windows operating system, as well as for other company products today.

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Published on January 10, 2017 by Bob Uhlman
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