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Microsoft brings desktop Linux apps to Windows 10 Insiders, GUI and all

Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) has allowed users to install a Linux distribution and run command line applications since Windows 10 first launched in 2015. Initially aimed at developers who wanted to be able to use Linux tools without rebooting or loading a virtual machine, WSL has picked up a number of improvements and […]

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Parallels Desktop now lets you run Windows on Macs with Intel or M1 chips

When Apple launched the first Macs with ARM processors, the company managed to deliver big gains in performance and efficiency, whether you’re running apps designed to run natively on ARM or apps that were originally made for Macs with Intel chips. But there were some things you couldn’t do. You couldn’t install Windows on a […]

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Latest Windows 10 preview brings Auto HDR for gaming, new Virtual Desktop features, and more

Microsoft is rolling out a new preview build of Windows 10 to testers, and it gives users more control over Virtual Desktop behavior, brings an updated UI for File Explorer, and made some changes to some of the “inbox” apps that come pre-installed on Windows 10. Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21337 also includes a […]

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Windows 10 20H2 beta begins rolling out, will be first version of Windows to ship with the new Edge browser

The next major Windows update is currently scheduled for sometime later this year, and it’ll be the first version of the operating system to ship with Microsoft’s new Edge web browser based on Google’s Chromium. While the browser has been available for months, users have had to download and install it manually to use it. […]

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Windows Notepad, WordPad, and Paint could become optional (and removable)

Three applications that have been part of Windows for decades may soon become optional features… meaning you’ll be able to remove them if you don’t use them. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds let users uninstall Microsoft Paint, Notepad, and WordPad. Microsoft hasn’t made any official announcements, but the folks at Windows Latest spotted […]

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Microsoft’s Your Phone app adds support for phone calls through your PC

The Microsoft “Your Phone” app for Windows 10 allows you to pair an Android phone with a Windows PC to see notifications on your desktop, view your photos on your computer, and send and receive text messages, among other things. Now Microsoft has added initial support for making phone calls through your PC. They’re routed […]

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Windows 10 gains initial support for Android phone notifications

Microsoft’s Your Phone app for Windows 10 allows you to link an Android phone to a Windows PC so that you can see pictures from your phone on your computer, drag and drop files between devices, send and receive text messages, or mirror your phone’s display on your PC using the “Phone Screen” feature that […]

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Windows 10 Build 18262 lets you remove more pre-installed apps, see which apps are DPI aware

The latest major update to Windows 10 didn’t exactly go as planned. But while beta testers are continuing to evaluate the Windows 10 October 2018 Update before it rolls out to the public, Microsoft has released a new preview build of the next version of Windows. Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18262 is rolling out now, […]

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Microsoft’s Your Phone app is now live (for Windows Insiders)

Last month Microsoft introduced a new app called Your Phone that would let you use a Windows 10 PC to access photos from your phone and send web pages from your phone to your desktop web browser. Now it’s available. The Your Phone app is now available from the Microsoft Store. But you’ll need to […]

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Microsoft is trying to reduce unexpected Windows Update-induced reboots

For the most part if your Windows 10 computer downloads an important update, a message will pop up asking you if you’d like to install it right away or delay installation until a more convenient time. But if you don’t respond promptly, your computer may reboot to apply the update… which can be a problem […]

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Lilbits 318: US throws ZTE a lifeline (after almost drowning it)

After banning US companies from selling goods to ZTE in April, causing the Chinese electronics company to basically suspend most operations, the United States Department of Commerce has signed an agreement with the company that could lead to the sanctions being lifted. The company reached an agreement with the Commerce Department last month that includes ZTE […]