Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

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Windows 10: What to expect in the next two releases

Microsoft plans to release a 19H2 "patch" for Windows 10 this fall, and a fuller-featured Windows 10 20H1 release sometime next spring. Here's what Microsoft has publicly said about each.

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Why you can stop paying for antivirus software

Microsoft's Windows Security (formerly Windows Defender) is now on a par with paid solutions such as McAfee and Norton, meaning you could protect your PC for the price of free.

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A new Internet Explorer bug can take over your entire PC, so stop using it

Microsoft and Google warn that a new bug discovered in Internet Explorer for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 can totally take over your PC.

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AMD announces third-gen Threadripper, but confirms supply issues and delays Ryzen 3950X

AMD announces a 3rd-gen Threadripper chip that's smaller than some had expected, and confirms that it's doubling down on producing more high-end Ryzen processors. Unfortunately, that will mean a delay in the Ryzen 9 3950X.

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HP buys Bromium to apply virtualization security to its PCs

HP purchased Bromium, a company whose technology isolates downloaded files and browser tabs within secured virtual machines. HP already licenses Bromium technology, for its Sure Click solution in certain HP laptops.

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Microsoft Windows 10 Insider build 18985 expands its simple Bluetooth pairing

Microsoft announces Windows 10 Insider Build 18985 (20H1), which expands the simplified Bluetooth pairing first launched in the April 2018 Update, and beefs up optional updates and Snip & Sketch.

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Review: Lenovo ThinkBook 13s pairs solid business features with consumer-friendly touches

Lenovo's ThinkBook 13s notebook PC offers substantial value, building off of Lenovo's expertise in business PCs. Consumers will appreciate the excellent audio and solid battery life.

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Microsoft's patch to patch Windows Search now must patch in an audio fix, too

Microsoft said a problematic Windows 10 patch to fix Windows Search has led to another issue: Multichannel audio in PC games isn't being rendered correctly.

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Microsoft's patch to fix Windows Search breaks Windows Search

Microsoft's patch to fix CPU spiking issues within Windows 10's Windows Search function has apparently broken Windows Search entirely for some people.

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Mozilla tests VPN-like Firefox Private Network for Firefox browsers

Mozilla is letting beta testers try out Firefox Private Network, a VPN-like proxy service to mask your IP while browsing.

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Budget tablet showdown: Apple 10.2-inch iPad (2019) vs. Microsoft Surface Go

We take a look at what makes Apple's new 7th-generation 10.2-inch iPad special, and compare it to the Microsoft Surface Go. On paper, what is the best tablet?

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AMD issues updated BIOS to fix Ryzen boost bug, promising up to 50MHz more boost

AMD says that a new BIOS to fix its 3rd-gen Ryzen boost issue has been sent to motherboard partners, increasing boost speeds, lowering overall voltages, and accompanied by a new monitoring SDK.

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Windows 10's Your Phone app will get a battery indicator soon, and maybe calls, too

Microsoft is preparing to add new functionality to Windows 10's Your Phone app in an upcoming update, including a battery indicator and probably call functionality, too.

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Microsoft did it: Windows 10 now powers over half of the world's PCs

According to Net Applications, Microsoft's Windows 10 captured more than 50 percent of the world's PCs beginning in August.

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Windows 10's first PowerToys app allows custom Snap resizing and looks amazing

One of Microsoft's first rebooted PowerTools is FancyZones, a cool app that allows you to design custom zones to snap windows to using Windows Snap.