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Microsoft will stop including Paint 3D and 3D Viewer for new Windows installations

Four years after releasing the Windows 10 Creators Update with an emphasis on new content creation features, Microsoft is making a few of those features optional. Starting with Windows 10 Preview Build 21332, which began rolling out this week, when you do a clean install of Windows 10 the Paint 3D and 3D Viewer applications won’t be […]

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Microsoft begins testing new tablet UI for convertible PCs (again)

Windows 10 has two user interfaces baked in — a desktop UI and a tablet experience. If you’re using a convertible PC with a detachable keyboard or 360-degree hinge, the operating system will ask if you want to switch from one to the other when you change from laptop to tablet mode and back again. […]

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Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 debuts with Windows 10 preview build 181917

The Windows Subsystem for Linux lets you run command line Linux tools in Windows 10 by installing a full Linux system that can run alongside Windows. In May Microsoft announced that a major update to the Windows Subsystem for Linux was on the way, and now the first preview of WSL 2 is available. It’s baked […]

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Microsoft’s Your Phone app coming soon, bridges gap between your PC and phone

Microsoft knows you probably don’t have a Windows phone… so the company has been busy releasing apps for Android and iOS in recent years. A few months ago the company also unveiled a new app that would bring new features to Windows for folks that have an iPhone or Android device… and now the company […]

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Windows to show setup questions after major upgrades (and other Build 17682 changes)

Microsoft has rolled out a new build of Windows 10 for members of the Insider Preview program, and it brings improvements to the Sets feature, a notification to remind you when you’re wirelessly projecting your desktop, and improved support for Web Authentication in the Edge web browser. Windows 10 will also show a new post-upgrade […]

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Windows Defender becomes Windows Security (and other changes in Windows 10 build 17093)

Another week, another new preview build of Windows 10 for members of the Windows Insider Preview program. But this week’s update is kind of a big one, and it provides a peek at some changes that’ll make their way to all Windows 10 users later this year. Among other things, Windows 10 Insider Preview Build […]

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Windows 10’s new Timeline feature lets you pick up where you left off (on any device)

When Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update earlier this year, one of the features the company highlighted was a tool called Timeline that shows thumbnail icons of things you were doing in the past… either on your PC or on another device. The idea is to provide a sort of task switcher that […]

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Windows Insider Preview updates: Windows 10 S joins the program, Redstone 4 previews coming soon

Another week, another preview build of Windows 10 pushed out to members of the Windows Insider Preview program. But there are a few noteworthy things about Build 16273. At first glance, this update looks kind of boring: there are a bunch of bug fixes but no major new features. The reason is the interesting part: […]

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Windows 10 gains native eye-tracking controls with latest Insider Preview

Microsoft is adding native Eye Control features to Windows 10, starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16257 which is rolling out to beta testers today. The feature lets you control basic PC functions simply by moving your eyes. But you’ll need compatible hardware to use Eye Control, and right now that means you need […]

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Windows 10 preview adds dictation and “find my pen” features (and a lot more)

Microsoft is rolling out a new preview build of Windows 10 to members of the Windows Insider program. It brings back some old features, like the ability to pin websites to your taskbar with the Edge web browser. And it includes improvements for things like the on-screen keyboard, Start Menu, and Action Center. But some […]

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Windows 10 preview can display notifications for incoming Android phone calls

Google isn’t the only company rolling out a new preview build of an upcoming operating system today. Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16199 for PC today (along with a new mobile build, if anyone cares). But there’s still some Google Android-related news: if you have the Cortana app installed on your Android phone, […]