While Microsoft's Windows Defender frowned upon "optimizer" or "cleaner" apps that didn't explain what they did, it's drawing the line on "scareware" apps that tell you that your PC will be ruined if you don't pay up.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella tried to respond to concerns that Microsoft's consumer strategy may be floundering, though his response wasn't especially convincing.
AMD's earnings call revealed plans to bake a Spectre fix into its Zen 2 architecture and other interesting nuggets for end users, along with strong profits and revenue for the fourth quarter.
As Intel warns against installing its latest Spectre patch, Microsoft issues a new patch to remove the older one—along with the ability to toggle protections on and off.
Intel told investors it will ship silicon that patches Spectre and Meltdown in hardware, while reporting record revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017. But Intel's statements leave us with more questions than answers.
Google's Chrome 64 browser allows you to permanently mute websites, as well as block some malicious ads. Here's how.
Microsoft has signaled that the next Windows 10 update, codenamed 'Redstone 4,' may look a lot like the Insider Build 17083 the company just released. Hints of what's to come include new font settings, adjustments to Timeline and Quiet Hours, plus privacy enhancements.
Microsoft said Wednesday that it plans to add more granular privacy controls to Windows 10, including an app that reports all of the raw data Microsoft knows about you, plus a more comprehensive way for you to manage it.
Acer's Chromebook Spin 11 adds premium features, like a stylus and USB-C charging, that were previously reserved for pricier notebooks.
Parents should be alert to the new Immersive Reader dictation feature coming to Office 365 apps. It's a convenience for adults that could end up as a crutch for young students.
Microsoft's flagship Surface Precision Mouse combines comfort, excellent resolution, and a nearly unique feature to leap between PCs. Microsoft's accompanying software, however, could use work.
Microsoft phased out support for Windows 8.1 last week, making the upgrade to Windows 10 a more urgent choice. The last remaining free upgrade path, the so-called assistive technology loophole, is closing soon.
Microsot publishes its first Windows 10 Insider build of 2018, including a new Quiet Hours feature, credit-card autofilling within Edge, and more. Some Spectre and Meltdown mitigations are included, too.
Microsoft's Skype uses Whisper's Signal protocol to establish Private Conversations for secure end-to-end chats and calls between two devices.
Lenovo's third-generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet improves upon its predecessors with a larger, 13-inch 3K screen and upgraded pen, among other features.