Microsoft is now telling commercial customers that Windows 10 21H1 is ready for "commercial pre-release validation," a phrase first used in August 2020.
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Because Microsoft hitched Edge to Chromium's wagon, it had little choice but to go along with a recent Google change to release timing.
Microsoft moved away from the identifier in some Windows update release notes - it had been used for decades - and users remain angry.
Google plans to accelerate Chrome's release schedule to match rival Firefox's every-four-week cadence.
Enterprise-only flexibility in Windows servicing lets IT pros roll back individual non-security elements of an update when a change breaks something.
The move is more evidence that Microsoft remains eager to push, pull, and prod commercial customers into service-like subscriptions.
Windows 10 LTSC, the version once pitched to enterprises as the OS that didn't need constant updating, will only get five years of support now.
Upcoming update for Windows 10 won't offer any major new features, making it more likely the H2 upgrade will have more to offer users.
Redmond signals to commercial customers that Windows 10 2004, the May 2020 feature upgrade, is reliable enough to widely deploy.
Microsoft is offering corporate customers a new set of configuration settings designed to ease management of PCs for a wide swaths of users.
Application Guard for Office, a defensive technology that quarantines untrusted Office documents, had been available in public preview for five months.
Google plans to revoke others' Chromium-based browsers' access to a long list of APIs that power such services as bookmark and settings.
The pandemic-induced rush to work at home also helped drive up PC sales at the fastest rate in 10 years. But will that buying surge last?
Variant of the consumer-aimed Surface Pro 7, the Surface Pro 7+ is a device that will be sold only to commercial and educational customers.
The one-app-for-all Outlook will run within a browser as a replacement for the Windows, Mac, iOS and Android editions of the vendor's popular email app.
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