Microsoft’s Windows 10 upgrade, code-named Redstone 4 and informally known as the Spring Creators Update, offers many smaller additions and changes you might miss. We've highlighted them here.
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Microsoft announced that Terry Myerson, its head of Windows and Devices, would leave the company. Rajesh Jha, his replacement, will be asked to develop a more cohesive experience among Windows, Office, apps, and devices.
Intel has finished patching five years' worth of chips against Spectre and Meltdown. But the chip giant will still need to redesign its upcoming chips to protect against possible exploits.
However, it's unknown whether potential attacks on AMD's Ryzen arising from the claimed vulnerabilities will prove to be significant.
Add Windows 7, Windows 8.1 to the list of Microsoft operating systems protected against Spectre and Meltdown, as well as the Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, and Skylake chips from Intel.
A senior Windows executive has made the bold claim that the majority of Microsoft customers will use Windows 10's new S mode.
After halting Spectre and Meltdown mitigation patches because of instability, Intel feels it's solved the problem, at least for Skylake PCs.
Microsoft said users should expect to see previews of the Office 2019 apps next quarter, but subscribers will need Windows 10 to run them.
Intel told investors it will ship silicon that patches Spectre and Meltdown in hardware, while reporting record revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017.
Microsoft phased out support for Windows 8.1, making the upgrade to Windows 10 urgent with the last remaining free upgrade path closing soon.
HP is recalling about 50,000 consumer notebook batteries for free after receiving reports of "overheating, melting, or charring".
Microsoft plans to overhaul Windows 10 to combine apps and files into a single, tabbed window, called Sets.
Microsoft is developing everything from a programming language to the chips themselves to develop quantum computing, the foundation of a computer that runs on qubits.
Microsoft's next-generation Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) within the HoloLens will focus on machine learning.
Microsoft won't provide Windows 10 updates such as the Creators Update to hardware that's no longer supported by its manufacturer.