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Microsoft fixes 55 flaws, 3 of them exploited by Russian cyberspies

Microsoft released security patches Tuesday for 55 vulnerabilities across the company's products, including three flaws that have already been exploited in targeted attacks by cyberespionage groups.

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Microsoft fixes remote hacking flaw in Windows Malware Protection Engine

Microsoft released an update for the malware scanning engine bundled with most of its Windows security products to fix a highly critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to hack computers.

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Enterprise alert: Microsoft slates next Windows 10 LTSB release for 2019

Microsoft doesn't plan to release another Windows 10 "Long-term Servicing Branch" build -- the one aimed at businesses -- until 2019.

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Microsoft pulls plug on Windows 10's debut version

Windows 10 1507, which debuted in 2015, will receive its last security patches on Tuesday.

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Supply chain attack on HandBrake video converter app hits Mac users

Hackers compromised a download server for HandBrake, a popular open-source program for converting video files, and used it to distribute a macOS version of the application that contained malware.

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Microsoft plots changes to Windows 10's release lingo

Microsoft will change the nomenclature of its Windows 10 release model in September, substituting names that sync with Office 365.

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Microsoft asks Windows 10 Enterprise customers to test new anti-exploit tech

Microsoft wants customers to test Windows Defender Application Guard, a new anti-malware, anti-exploit technology in Windows 10's baked-in browser.

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Cybercrime group abuses Windows app compatibility feature

The FIN7 cybercrime group is abusing the Windows Application Compatibility Infrastructure, a feature that makes it possible for enterprises and developers to quickly resolve incompatibilities between their applications and new Windows...

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Windows 10 S: It's for enterprise, too

Microsoft may have stuck to the script when it unveiled a Windows 10 spin-off aimed at education. But the new OS will be enticing to businesses as well.

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Google's surging Chromebooks will test Microsoft's new Windows 10 S PCs

Microsoft for years has been trying to tackle the growing threat of Google's Chrome OS, which is siphoning PC market share away from Windows.

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Microsoft will separate Edge from OS updates

Edge updates will now come from the Windows Store, if the rumors are true.

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Microsoft to cut update ties between Edge and Windows 10

Microsoft will sever the update ties between Windows 10 and its default browser, Edge to make it easier to refresh the browser more often than twice a year.

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Microsoft adds a Surface Laptop to its stable of devices

Microsoft's added a new laptop to its growing stable of Surface devices, and its amazingly thin and fast.

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Microsoft announces a Surface laptop that won’t run Call of Duty

Only approved apps will run and only from the Windows Store. Is that the right way to do this?

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Is a Microsoft WinBook coming?

ChromeBooks have been very popular devices within certain markets like education. Can Microsoft grab a share of this market with its own WinBook?

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FAQ: How to skip a Windows 10 upgrade

Corporate users of Windows 10 may have as little as two months to deploy a feature upgrade after passing on the one prior.

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Book Review: Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems

The 3rd edition of this book will have you confidently using Wireshark to solve the kind of problems you're likely to run into. You'll be capturing and analyzing packets, understanding network protocols, and gaining important insights...

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The beauty of links on Unix servers

Symbolic and hard links can save both time and disk space. In this post, you will see how they are different and how they are created and used.

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Microsoft adds another layer to the Windows 10 patching onion

A new update will occur monthly, or sometimes more often.

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Old Windows Server machines can still fend off hacks. Here's how

Keeping a computer up to date, with the latest OS and software patch, is one of the best things you can do to stay safe from cyber threats.

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