PCs running Windows 10 that meet Microsoft's hardware requirements are immediately eligible for the free Windows 11 download.
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Office 2021, which is aimed at consumers and very small businesses, launches on 5 October and is offered in two versions.
Users will now get updates for the two browsers every four weeks, though companies can opt for a slower cadence.
With the arrival of Windows 11 on October 5, Windows 10 may well end its career much as Windows 7 did -- as something of a dead end.
New Office suite -- 'Office LTSC 2021' -- is a subset of the feature catalog of Office 365 that will remain unchanged until its support ends.
The company has pushed out emergency security updates for iOS, macOS, and its other operating systems to plug a hole that threatened security on a range of devices.
Commercial customers running older versions of Outlook have two months to upgrade before losing access to the company's Microsoft 365 and Office 365 services.
The increases, which could be as high as 25 per cent, are slated to take place March 1, 2022 and will affect most enterprise and business plans.
By offering the extended support, organisations could safely run Windows 10 for years after its planned 2023 retirement.
In what may a sign of things to come for Windows-as-a-Service, Microsoft has decided it will no longer update Windows Server multiple times a year.
By default, Edge is set to automatically get updates every four weeks beginning later this year. But companies who see that pace as too quick will have another option.
Mozilla has taken the unusual step of issuing a video update on its Firefox browser, declaring it wants to "help users get the best out of the Web".
Now that Microsoft has spelled out costs, businesses can now calculate whether it's better to go virtual, or stick with traditional PCs.
Microsoft has said the most important Windows policies enterprises can set to speed up Windows servicing are those configuring deadlines.
Microsoft has confirmed that the upcoming Windows 11 will be serviced on a monthly basis using the same practices honed with Windows 10.