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Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name

images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQlBM2ReAKg0U6DT99U-8g Next Windows 10 update nearing completion as it gets its official name  Ars TechnicaWindows 10 updates: Expect slimmed-down, full-quality versions, says Microsoft  ZDNetFull coverage


7 Windows Features That Apple Should Ruthlessly Steal

Mac users think Microsoft doesn’t have any good ideas. They’re wrong. Here are some Windows features Apple should steal for macOS.


How to Make Windows 10 Timeline Work on FireFox and Chrome

Windows-10-Timeline-Chrome-Firefox-FeatuWorkers in the US and around the world spend several hours daily on their computers. With so much work done in that period, it’s easy to lose track of what we did a day or a week ago. Thanks to the April 2018 update Windows 10 now ships with a unique Timeline feature. This feature is like an activity log for all activities you have carried out on your PC. Think of it as a record of everything you’ve done in the past on your computer, stored for your retrieval. It records activities across programs, games and other apps in your Windows machine. Sadly, only… Read more

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Windows 10 to get disposable sandboxes for dodgy apps


Windows 10 to get disposable sandboxes for dodgy apps  Ars TechnicaWindows 10 ‘InPrivate Desktop’ security feature outlined  HEXUSInPrivate Desktop Security Feature is reportedly coming to Windows 10  WindowsLatest (blog)Windows 10 Enterprise Getting “InPrivate Deskop” Sandboxed Execution Feature  BleepingComputerFull coverage


How to Create a PDF File in Windows

PDFs are great for sharing your work. There are free PDF readers available for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android, and PDF file retain their formatting no matter where they’re displayed. Best of all, you can quickly create PDFs from other documents in Windows using tools you already have.


How to Disable App Launch Tracking in Windows 10

win10-app-launch-tracking-start-menu-feaWhen using the Windows 10 Start menu, you might’ve seen the most used apps section where Windows lists all the apps that you use frequently. This is a helpful feature as it lets you quickly launch your favorite and most used apps quickly. However, for this to work, Windows has to tracks all your app launch activities in the background so as to find out which apps are more frequently used. If you think you don’t need the most used apps feature, then you can stop Windows from tracking your app launches. This article will show you how. Related: How to Clear Timeline Activities in… Read more

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Here’s Why Microsoft Can’t Make Windows 10 Visually Consistent

Windows 10 is great, but it’s also kind of a mess visually. Why is that?


Introducing Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge

Today, we are happy to introduce support for the Web Authentication specification in Microsoft Edge, enabling better, more secure user experiences and a passwordless experience on the web.

With Web Authentication, Microsoft Edge users can sign in with their face, fingerprint, PIN, or portable FIDO2 devices, leveraging strong public-key credentials instead of passwords.

A web without passwords

Staying secure on the web is more important than ever. We trust web sites to process credit card numbers, save addresses and personal information, and even to handle sensitive records like medical information. All this data is protected by an ancient security model—the password. But passwords are difficult to remember, and are fundamentally insecure—often re-used, and vulnerable to phishing and cracking.

For these reasons, Microsoft has been leading the charge towards a world without passwords, with innovations like Windows Hello biometrics and pioneering work with the FIDO Alliance to create an open standard for passwordless authentication – Web Authentication.

We started this journey in 2016, when we shipped the industry’s first preview implementation of the Web Authentication API in Microsoft Edge. Since then, we have been updating our implementation to as we worked with other vendors and the FIDO alliance to develop the standard. In March, the FIDO Alliance announced that the Web Authentication APIs have reached Candidate Recommendation (CR) status in the W3C, a major milestone for the maturity and interoperability of the specification.

Authenticators in Microsoft Edge

Beginning with build 17723, Microsoft Edge supports the CR version of Web Authentication. Our implementation provides the most complete support for Web Authentication to date, with support for a wider variety of authenticators than other browsers.

Windows Hello allows users to authenticate without a password on any Windows 10 device, using biometrics—face and fingerprint recognition—or a PIN number to sign in to web sites. With Windows Hello face recognition, users can log in to sites that support Web Authentication in seconds, with just a glance.

Animation showing a purchase using Web Authentication via Windows Hello

Users can also use external FIDO2 security keys to authenticate with a removable device and your biometrics or PIN. For websites that are not ready to move to a completely passwordless model, backwards compatibility with FIDO U2F devices can provide a strong second factor in addition to a password.

We’re working with industry partners on lighting up the first passwordless experiences around the web. At RSA 2018, we shared a sneak peak of how these APIs could be used to approve a payment on the web with your face. Passwordless authentication experiences like this are the foundation of a world without passwords.

Getting started

We’re excited to get implementation into the hands of more developers to see what you build. To get started with Web Authentication in Microsoft Edge, check out more information on our implementation in the Web Authentication dev guide, or install Windows Insider Preview build 17723 or higher to try it out for yourself!

– Angelo Liao, Program Manager, Microsoft Edge

– Ibrahim Damlaj, Program Manager, Windows Security


How to Enable Windows Defender’s Secret Crapware Blocker

Windows 10’s antivirus does a good job overall, but it lets crapware through. A hidden setting intended for organizations will boost Windows Defender’s security, making it block adware, potentially unwanted programs, PUPs, or whatever you want to call this junk.


Your Windows PC Might Finally Learn to Stop Rebooting While You’re Using It

Windows updates are a necessary evil for PC owners, which often result in the computer rebooting to successfully apply said update. With Windows 10, this is generally done automatically—and annoyingly.


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