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Chromebook lifespans creeping upward: some models get 9 years of OS updates

Buy an old Windows laptop and you’ll probably be able to keep installing Windows updates until you decide that your system doesn’t have enough RAM or a fast enough processor to meet your needs anymore. Buy a Chromebook and the clock has already started ticking on software updates. Google guarantees to deliver OS updates for […]

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Check Google’s Auto Update policy before buying older Chromebooks

It’s been nine years since the first Chromebook went on sale. And it’s been four years since Google released any software updates for that device. When Chrome OS was brand new, Google promised to deliver operating systems for at least 4 years from the release date of each Chromebook. Eventually the company extended that to […]

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Microsoft extends Windows 10 version 1709 support by six months (coronavirus)

More than 245,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported globally so far, and over 10,000 people have died. Many governments around the world are responding by ordering businesses to close and people to stay at home as much possible. And that’s leading tech companies to take unusual steps. Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube have agreed to […]

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Windows 7 support is ending — what do you do now?

Microsoft is pulling the plug on Windows 7 support, which means that the decade-old operating system will get its final security update today. You can continue using Windows 7 indefinitely — aside from a nag screen that will likely pop up to let you know support has ended, nothing will change. But Windows 7 will likely […]

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Pour one out for Windows 10 Mobile as it reaches end of support

Microsoft’s next smartphone is expected to ship next year, and when it does, the Microsoft Surface Duo will be running Google’s Android operating system. That’s a shift from the company’s earlier strategy — Microsoft used to make its own smartphone operating systems. But over the past decade the market share for Windows phones has diminished […]

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Google extends the software lifespan of more Chromebooks

Chromebooks are simple, relatively secure computers that download operating system and security updates automatically… for a set period of time. When Google first launched Chrome OS, the company promised to deliver 5 years of updates from the release date of each Chromebook or Chromebox. Eventually the company raised that do 6.5 years. And recently Google […]

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Google gives some Chromebooks another 3 years of support

Some of the key selling points for Chromebooks is that they’re easy to use, secure, and always getting better thanks to software updates delivered regularly. But the truth is that Google only guarantees 6.5 years of software updates from the release date of a particular Chromebook (or rather the board that a Chromebook is based […]

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Windows 10 Mobile has less than a year to live (Support ends Dec, 2019)

Windows 10 Mobile has been mostly dead for a while. Microsoft pulled the plug on the Windows Insider Preview program for phones a year ago and there haven’t been any major updates to the operating system since then (or any major new smartphones shipping with it either). And app developers have been jumping ship — […]

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Google’s 5 years of support for older Chromebooks is starting to be a problem

When Google announced a few years ago that it would offer at least 5 years of software updates for Chromebooks and Chromeboxes, that seemed like good news. After all, most Android phones only get updates for a year or two, if that. But compared to Windows and OS X, that 5 year lifespan is pretty […]

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Microsoft pulls the plug on push notifications for Windows Phone 8 and below

If you’re one of the three people on earth that still has a phone running Windows Phone 7.5 or Windows Phone 8.0, it’s about to get a lot less useful. Microsoft has announced that it’s turning off push notifications for those platforms starting today. That means phones will no longer get notifications, live tiles on […]