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All Articles by Al Sacco

How to make your Surface PC work with a third-party camera for Windows Hello face recognition

If you're having trouble getting your third-party webcam to work with Windows Hello on a new Surface for facial authentication, we have an easy fix.

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Chime in: Switching from a Windows phone to iOS and iPhone

Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft's phone efforts in general are sad these days, and even Windows phone diehards are making the switch to other platforms, including Apple's iOS. Whether you're considering a switch or have already made the le

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Chime in: Is Consumer Reports' Surface controversy a big deal for Microsoft?

This week, consumer reviews site Consumer Reports issued a scathing report on Microsoft's Surface lineup of PCs, calling into question the entire brand's reliability and removing its "recommended" designation for all Surfaces.

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New Windows 10 Pro for Workstations OS is coming with Fall Creators Update

Microsoft announced a new version of Windows for power users, enterprises and other organizations, called Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, that supports server-grade hardware and is designed to make high-end PCs more responsive and reliable.

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Microsoft Surface PCs blasted by Consumer Reports for reliability issues

In its annual reliability study, trusted recommendations company Consumer Reports blasted Microsoft's Surface lineup of PCs and removed its "recommended" designation for all Surfaces, according to reports.

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Kaspersky withdraws Windows 10 antivirus antitrust action against Microsoft

Kaspersky has ceased its legal action against Microsoft after the company agreed to make changes to Windows 10 that will help antivirus makers prepare their products for significant Windows updates and ensure compatibility.

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71 percent of Windows 10 Creators Update users share 'full' diagnostics, Microsoft says

Windows 10 gives users many different settings that help manage and control potentially sensitive information and maximize privacy. However, the majority of users still choose to share "full" diagnostic and usage data with Microsoft.

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Microsoft warns of new tech support scams that use phishing tactics

Scammers are always modifying and evolving their ploys, and one of the latest such scams involves spam email that resembles tech support messages from well-known companies, designed to get victims to click suspect links or call for fake support.

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Microsoft-built chatbot aims to shame online Johns trolling for sex

Microsoft has a "unique" history with chatbots. The latest such 'bot built by Microsoft staffers hides behind fake online ads for sex and then calls out and scolds offending parties.

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Chime in: Is Windows or macOS better for tech newbs?

This is Windows Central, so most of us on the team would recommend a Windows PC over a Mac computer just about every time. But the fact is, in some cases, Macs may be a better fit for certain types of users.

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Chime in: Is your Surface Pro too noisy?

The Windows Central Surface forums are some of the most active on the site, and today, a thread about Surface Pro noise issues is getting a good amount of attention. If you own a new Surface Pro, we want to hear about your experience so far.

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Microsoft released first Office suite of apps (for Mac?!) on August 1, 1989

Exactly 28 years ago today, Microsoft packaged its existing Office productivity apps for the first time and sold them together. But the initial version of the iconic Office suite was for Apple's Macintosh computers.

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Is Windows 10 on ARM really the savior Windows phone fans are hoping for?

We've covered the rise and fall of Windows phones closely over the years. Microsoft's mobile OS is clearly in a bad place these days, but the idea of full Windows 10 on ARM seems like something to be optimistic about. Is it though?

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Are you interested in Alcatel's new Idol 4 Pro Windows phone?

Earlier this month, Alcatel announced one of the higher-profile Windows phones we've seen in quite some time: the Idol 4 Pro. But do you even care?

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Surface Pro impressions from a recovering Mac addict

Windows Central's managing editor recently made the switch from the 15-inch MacBook Pro and macOS to the new Surface Pro and Windows 10. Here are his thoughts on the Surface, along with what he misses about that Mac.

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Microsoft bought MS-DOS on July 27, 1981

Exactly 36 years ago today, Microsoft Cofounder Bill Gates made one of the important purchases in the software giant's storied history.

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What do you think of Microsoft's Windows Fluent Design System so far?

Microsoft's next major OS release, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, is expected to officially introduce the company's new design language, called the Fluent Design System. And we want to know what you think of what you've seen of the changes.

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Does your new Surface Pro have light bleed problems?

If you watch the Surface space anywhere near as closely as we do at Windows Central, you've likely read reports about some potential "light bleed" issues with the new Surface Pro.

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Is the new Surface Pro fit for professional photographers?

Microsoft's new Surface Pro is a top of the line 2-in-1, and as such, it's bound to be compared to other top tier tablets, convertibles and laptops, including the MacBook Pro, a popular tool among photographers of all kinds.

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Movies and music we're into this week

It's that time again! Here are the movies and music the Windows Central team is enjoying this week.

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