Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

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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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Killing passwords in Windows 10 S is one of 7 big changes in Windows 10 Build 17093

Microsoft reveals Windows 10 Insider Build 17093, whose changes include new multi-GPU management, a revamped Game Bar, and more. Windows' spring update isn't done yet.

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Intel releases stable Spectre patches for Skylake PCs, recovering from a bad bout of bugs

After halting Spectre and Meltdown mitigation patches because of instability, Intel feels it's solved the problem, at least for Skylake PCs.

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Intel expects hard drives to disappear, replaced by SSDs with Optane and cloud storage

Intel plans to replace hard drives with a new storage ecosystem: Its NAND flash SSDs and Optane memory for temporary storage, and the cloud for everything else.

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Logitech MX Master 2S review: The Flow software lifts this elegant mouse above the rest

By itself, Logitech's flagship mouse offers a superior mousing experience. But when paired with the Logitech Flow software, the MX Master 2S offers a best-in-class experience.

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Report: Windows 10 S could be the default mode for future Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft may be planning to make Windows 10 S the default OS mode for future PCs. The leaked document, revealed by Thurrott.com, also says an upgrade path to full Windows 10 will be available.

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Office 2019 will have one big system requirement: Windows 10

Microsoft said you should expect to see previews of the Office 2019 apps next quarter, but you'll need Windows 10 to run them.

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Microsoft's Windows Defender antimalware targets scareware apps

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.

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Microsoft offers three unconvincing reasons why its consumer business isn't dead yet

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.

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AMD will Spectre-proof the Zen 2 architecture, and 4 other nuggets from its earnings call

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.

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Microsoft issues emergency Windows patch to disable Intel's buggy Spectre fix

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.

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Intel's plan to fix Meltdown in silicon raises more questions than answers

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.

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6 features to expect in the next Windows 10 update from Insider Build 17083

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.

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New Windows 10 privacy controls include a way to erase that embarrassing search

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.

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Acer's Chromebook Spin 11 brings a stylus, 360-degree hinge, and USB-C for an affordable $349

Acer's Chromebook Spin 11 adds premium features, like a stylus and USB-C charging, that were previously reserved for pricier notebooks.

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Why parents should worry about Office 365's Immersive Reader dictation feature for students

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.