How to customize the new Microsoft Edge Browser in Windows 10

The new Microsoft Edge (Chromium) browser is compatible with Windows 10/8/7 as well as Android, macOS and iOS. The browser comes with a brilliant new look and features which you can customize the way you like. You can choose the theme for your browser, set the zoom level, customize the font, and also, customize the new tab page. What’s even better is that you can import your favorites, browsing history, and saved passwords from other browsers. Let us explore and see what the latest Microsoft Edge has to offer.

When you open the new Microsoft Edge browser, this is how it will look like.

Customize New Microsoft Edge Browser

At the top right side of the browser, you will see three dots. That is where you will find the settings, history, downloads, apps, and extensions. The keyboard shortcut is Alt+F. Click on Settings.

Customize New Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft Edge Settings

This is where you will find all the Settings that will help you customize your Edge browser. On the left pane, under Settings, you will see the following tabs:

  1. Profiles
  2. Privacy and Services
  3. Appearance
  4. On Startup
  5. New tab page
  6. Site permissions
  7. Downloads
  8. Languages
  9. Printers
  10. System
  11. Reset settings
  12. About Microsoft Edge.

Here, we will cover only those settings which will help us to customize the new Microsoft Edge Browser.

Customize Microsoft Edge Browser

In the following pointers, I have covered only a few tabs under the Settings which are more focused on the design, layout, and appearance of the browser.

1) Profile

Customize the New Microsoft Edge Browser

The Profile tab allows you to edit or remove your profile. You can also add a new profile here. The Sync option allows you to sync your history, favorites, passwords, and other browser data across all your signed-in devices. You can turn on or turn off the sync anytime you want. A few features related to history, open tabs, extensions, and collections are yet to be updated.

2) Appearance

Customize New Microsoft Edge Browser

Under Appearance, you can change the theme of the browser, customize the font style and size, set the zoom percentage of the browser, and so on. You can choose a dark theme, light theme, or the system default one. For my browser, I have chosen the dark theme. You can choose to show favorites bar always, never, or on new tabs only. Turn on the favorites button, feedback button, and home button if you wish to show them in the browser.

The Zoom option allows you to select your zoom level preference from a minimum of 25% to a maximum of 500%. Under Fonts, you can select the size of the font from very small, small, medium, large, and very large. The medium size is what is usually recommended. Click on Customize fonts to further change the font type and style.

3) On startup

Customize New Microsoft Edge Browser

On startup or restart, you can decide which of the following options you would prefer.

  • Open a new tab
  • Continue where you left off
  • Open a specific page or pages

You can add a new page or set to all the currently open tabs.

4) New tab page

Customize New Microsoft Edge Browser

Here, you will be able to customize the layout and content of the newly opened tab page. Click on the Customize button to the right.

Customize New Microsoft Edge Browser

As you can see, under Page Layout, you have four options – Focused, Inspirational, Informational, and Custom. Check out every layout to find out what suits you the best. Choose the desired option under change language and content.

5) Languages

Customize New Microsoft Edge Browser

The languages tab enables you to display your Microsoft Edge browser in any language of your choice. You can add any language from the given options. There is an option to enable spellcheck as well. You can add or delete words. This feature helps you to easily read and understand the content that you are comfortable with.

In this way, all these settings will help you customize your New Microsoft Edge Browser just the way you like.

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11 hidden Windows 10 tricks you should know: Secret start menu and more

Whether you’ve been using Windows 10 for years or have only recently upgraded, there are plenty of new and old tips, tricks and hidden features to learn that will make using your laptop every day faster and smoother. For example, finding the secret Start menu and saving battery power with a simple trick.

an open laptop computer sitting on top of a keyboard: These Windows 10 tips and tricks can save you time and effort. Sarah Tew/CNET© Provided by CNET These Windows 10 tips and tricks can save you time and effort. Sarah Tew/CNET

Microsoft doesn’t typically publicize its hidden features the way Apple does, which can make it more difficult to know how to get the most out of the machine you use day in and day out.

Even learning how to upgrade to Windows 10 for free can be tricky. You’ll want to do this ASAP, by the way, since support for Windows 7 ended in January. So no matter which Microsoft, Dell, HP or other Windows 10 rig you have, these clever tips will help you stay organized and get more done. Plus, here’s everything you need to know about the Windows 10 Nov. 2019 update.

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1. Minimize all windows except the active one

If your desktop screen has gotten too crowded with open windows, you can quickly minimize them all except the one you are currently working in.

Just click the title bar of the window you want to remain open to select it. Then, hold the mouse down and move the window back and forth quickly — shaking it, essentially. After a couple of quick shakes, all other open windows will minimize, leaving only the one you’ve shaken open. Neat, huh? 

2. Open the ‘secret’ Start menu

You know that to get to the Start menu, you hit the Windows icon at the bottom left of the screen or on your keyboard. But Windows 10 includes a lesser-known second Start menu that makes accessing important features like the Command Prompt, the Control Panel and the Task Manager much easier. You can access it two different ways, either by pressing the Windows key + X, or right click the Windows icon/Start button.

Microsoft’s voice-activated virtual assistant is more than just a direct link to Bing (or whatever search engine you’ve got her to use) — she’s, well, an assistant. That means she can do everything from scheduling meetings and setting alarms to delivering a decent joke. You probably know several of Cortana’s hidden talents, but there’s always more to discover. So here are 15 cool things you can ask her to do in Windows 10. Editors’ note: This article was originally published on March 22, and was updated on October 6, to reflect changes made in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

3. Create an event without opening the Calendar app

Windows 10’s latest update lets you quickly add events to your Microsoft calendar directly from your Taskbar — without actually having to open the calendar at all. Here’s how to do it:

1. On your Taskbar, click the box with the time and date in it in the right corner.

2. Click the date when you want to schedule an event.

3. Enter the event name, time and location. (If you have multiple calendars, click the down arrow next to the event name field to choose the one you want to add it to.)

4. Click save. The event should appear in your Calendar app across your devices.

4. Take a screenshot

I know, it’s a basic one — but it’s amazing how easy it is to forget how to take a screenshot on your laptop or desktop when you don’t do it often.

There are at least eight different ways you can take a screenshot with Windows 10. If you want to capture and save a picture of your entire screen, the easiest way is to hit the Windows key + Print Screen key, and that picture will be saved to the Pictures > Screenshots folder.

To capture just one part of your screen, hit the Windows key + Shift + S to open a tool called Snip & Sketch, which allows you to click and drag to create a screenshot, which is saved to your Clipboard.

5. Open items on your Taskbar with keyboard shortcuts

If you’ve pinned programs to your Taskbar at the bottom of your screen to create a shortcut, you don’t have to click the icons to open them. Instead, use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + [Number key], with the number key corresponding to the position of the program on the Taskbar. For example, Windows key + 2 will open the second item on the Taskbar.

This is especially useful if you’re typing furiously and don’t want to lift your fingers from the keyboard. It may feel more natural to reach for the Windows key.

Based on the extensive battery testing conducted in the CNET Labs, these are the 35 PCs with the longest battery-life scores that we’ve seen from 2018 through today. This list includes Windows and MacOS laptops, Windows two-in-one hybrids and Chromebooks running Google’s Chrome OS. Not included are Android or iOS tablets.The specific test used here streams a private video over Wi-Fi on an endless loop. Note that these scores reflect the specific configurations we tested, and that screen resolution and CPU choice are some of the major factors that affect battery life.Our top five picks are presented in more depth here, or jump to the last page in this gallery to see all the top performers listed. Last updated May 2019. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured throughout this story.

6. Figure out how much space apps are taking up

Computers start running slower as they grow short on space. One quick way to speed them up may be to get rid of apps that take up more space than they should, especially if you don’t regularly use them.

To see how much space an app uses, navigate to Settings > System > Storage. Click on the drive you want to search (likely the local storage, “This PC”), and click Apps & games to see a list of apps installed on your machine and how much space they are taking up. You probably won’t get rid of your browser, but you might find that a game you haven’t played in years is some good dead weight to drop.

7. Get rid of ads in your Start menu

When you run Windows 10 with default settings, you may sometimes see apps on the right side of your Start menu. Microsoft calls them “suggestions,” but they are actually ads for Windows Store apps you can buy.

To get rid of the ads in your Windows 10 Start menu, go to Settings > Personalization > Start. Toggle the setting called Show suggestions occasionally in Start to the off position.

8. Shut down background apps

Apps that run in the background can receive info, send notifications, and stay updated, even when you aren’t using them — which can be useful, but can also suck your battery and your data, if you’re connecting via a mobile hotspot.

To control which apps are running in the background and save some battery power and data, go to Settings > Privacy > Background apps. To stop all apps from running in the background, toggle Let apps run in the background to Off. Or, you can choose which apps to run in the background individually by going down the list on the same page.

9. Use background scrolling

With Windows 10, you can scroll up and down on any window — even if it’s not the one you’re directly working in. This is a useful tool when you have a lot of windows open that you want to look through at the same time — for example, if you want to open new sub-menu options in new windows to save you time clicking back and forward on the same page.

Try opening two programs — say, an internet browser page and a notepad or Word document. Arrange both on the screen so you can see at least some of the text on each. While you are in one window, hover your mouse or use the touchpad to move to the second window, and scroll. Even though you aren’t active in that window, it should allow you to move up and down the page.

The feature should be on by default, but if it isn’t, go to Settings > Devices > Mouse, and toggle Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them to On. Then you can place your mouse over a window that’s in the background and use the scroll wheel to scroll.

10. Show file extensions in File Explorer

Microsoft hides file extensions by default, which makes life difficult for people who need to look for specific types of files, like JPEGs and JPGs. To see file extensions in File Explorer, do the following:

1. Go to the Search bar at the bottom of the screen, and type in File Explorer Options, and click it. (There are a number of other ways to get here too, but that one seems fastest.)

2. In the window that pops up, click the View tab.

3. Uncheck the box that says Hide extensions for known file types. Click Apply, and OK. You should now see file extensions for all files in the File Explorer.

You can also use the File Explorer Options menu to choose to show empty drives, hidden files and folders, and more.

11. Cut down on distractions with Focus assist

It’s frustrating to try and get work done when you keep getting interrupted with notifications. You can determine how many you get with Focus assist, a tool Windows 10 added in the April 2018 update.

Set it up by going to Settings > System > Focus assist. Choose from three options: Off (get all notifications from your apps and contacts), Priority (see only selected notifications from a priority list that you customize, and send the rest to your action center), and Alarms only (hide all notifications, except for alarms).

You can also choose to automatically turn this feature on during certain hours, or when you’re playing a game.

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Microsoft Edge is now here for Windows 10 and MacOS. How to download

Thanks to its new Chromium underpinnings, Microsoft’s new Edge browser can now handle Chrome extensions on Windows 10 and MacOS.

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The new Edge browser for Windows 10 and MacOS.

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Based on the same engine that powers Google’s Chrome browser, Microsoft’s new Edge browser is available now for Windows and MacOS. A year in the making, the new Microsoft Edge will work with websites and not deal with the compatibility issues that browsers with a smaller share of the market can face.

More specifically, Microsoft Edge is based on Chromium, an open-source project that has a lot in common with Google Chrome. As a result, Microsoft Edge can use the expansive collection of browser extensions available from Google’s Chrome Web Store. With this first public release of Edge, you’ll need to grant the new browser access to Chrome extensions before you can install them.

Don’t confuse this new Microsoft Edge browser that depends on the Chromium project with the previous version. The original Edge was built on Microsoft’s own browser engine.

Keep reading for how to install the new Edge browser, find Microsoft’s collection of browser add-ons in its own store and install even more extensions from the Chrome Web Store.

  • How to install and set up Microsoft Edge

For now, if you want to move to the new Edge browser, you’ll need to download it. Over the coming months, Microsoft will push out the new browser to customers, starting in the next few weeks with those who are part of the Windows Insiders program. If you have the original version of Edge or the Edge beta on your machine, the new version won’t overwrite the older one. Here’s how to install Edge.

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Ready to download the Windows 10 version of Edge.

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1. Head to Microsoft’s Edge webpage and select either the Windows or MacOS operating system from the download menu.

The browser is available for Windows 10, of course, but because Edge is built on Chromium, you can also install Edge on Windows 8.1, 8 and 7, even though Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows 7. And you can download Edge for MacOS, iOS and Android.

2. Tap Download, tap Accept and download on the next screen and then tap Close.

3. If it doesn’t automatically launch, open the installation file in the Downloads folder and then tap through the installer screens to install Edge.

4. Once installed, Edge will automatically start up. If you already have the Chrome browser installed, Edge will ask if you want to import your bookmarks, autofill data and history from Google’s browser or start from scratch. If you decide to start from scratch, you can import your browser data later.

You can also tap the Customize import button at the bottom of the import window to bring in your data from Firefox.

Tap Allow to let Edge import your data.

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Choose the look of Edge.

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5. Next, choose the look of the browser — Inspirational, Informational or Focused — and tap Next.

6. If you have multiple devices running the new Edge, on the next screen, the browser will ask if you want to sync your data across devices. Tap the toggle for Yes or No and then tap Next.

7. Finally, toggle Yes or No depending on if you want Microsoft to personalize your browsing experience and then tap Confirm.

Install Edge extensions from the Microsoft Store

Once you’ve installed Edge, you can add extensions, like Grammarly or Honey. Here’s how to find extensions on the Microsoft Store.

1. In Edge, tap the three-dot menu up in the right-hand corner and tap Extensions.

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Edge extensions in the Microsoft Store.

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2. Tap the link to the Microsoft Store. You can either search for a favorite extension or browse by category, such as entertainment or shopping.

3. Tap the extension you want, tap Get and then confirm you want to add the extension to Edge. Once added, you can manage it on the Extensions page.

Install Edge extensions from the Google Chrome Web Store

While Microsoft’s store has a nice selection of browser add-ons, to see the full range of extensions you can use you’ll need to allow Edge to access the Chrome Web Store. Here’s how.

1. Tap the three-dot menu up in the right-hand corner again and tap Extensions.

2. In the bottom-left corner, toggle on Allow extensions from other stores and then tap Allow.

3. Navigate to the Chrome Web Store and search for an extension.

4. Once you find the one you want, tap Add to Chrome and then Add Extension and the store will add the extension to Edge.

Once added, you manage the add-on on Edge’s Extensions page.

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Microsoft details what the new Edge imports from Chrome, and it’s a lot

A week ago Microsoft released the stable version of their new Chromium-based Edge browser, and many of our readers may have noticed that the browser seamlessly imports more or less all of their data from their Google Chrome browser, making it ridiculously easy to switch.

On Microsoft’s support site the company revealed exactly what is imported, and it seems the process is rather complete.

The list includes:

Favourites
Any bookmarks that are present in the bookmarks bar in Chrome will be migrated to the favourites bar in Microsoft Edge.

Bookmarks in the Other Bookmarks folder will be imported to the Other Favorites folder.

Passwords
When you select Passwords, the credentials you’ve saved in Chrome will be brought over to Microsoft Edge so you can quickly and safely sign into your online accounts.

During importing, Microsoft Edge will check if you have a password already existing for the same site for the same username. If the browser detects that the saved password and the imported password don’t match, it will overwrite the existing password with the one being imported.

Addresses and more
This will import data like your shipping addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. Microsoft Edge tries to intelligently check for similar entries and merge the data where it can.

Payment info
This will import credit card information that you’ve saved in Chrome so you can use these cards when you shop online in Microsoft Edge.

For payment cards, Microsoft Edge considers a combination of card number, cardholder name and expiration date (month and year) as a unique combination. If any duplicates are detected during import, they will not be imported.

History
Your Chrome browsing history will be imported to Microsoft Edge.

Settings
Here are the settings within Google Chrome that will be imported:

People > Chrome name and picture > Person’s name
Autofill > Passwords > Offer to save passwords
Autofill > Passwords > Auto Sign-in
Autofill > Payment Methods > Save and fill payment methods
Autofill > Addresses and more > Save and fill addresses
Appearance > Show home button
Appearance > Show bookmarks bar
Appearance > Font size
Appearance > Customize fonts
Appearance > Page zoom
Search Engine > Search engine used in the address bar
Search Engine > Manage search engines
On Startup > Open the New Tab page / Continue where you left off / Open a specific page or set of pages
Privacy and Security > Send a “Do Not Track” request with your browsing traffic
Privacy and Security > Allow sites to check if you have payment methods saved
Downloads > Location
Downloads > Ask where to save each file before downloading

Any setting which is not imported is set to the default value in Microsoft Edge.

Open tabs
This will import your pinned and open tabs from Chrome and these will be added to the windows that you are currently using in Microsoft Edge. On Windows, Chrome needs to be closed for this feature to work. It’s important that you select On Startup > Continue where you left off in Chrome Settings before importing. On macOS, you can import Open tabs without needing to close Chrome.

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This Is Why Microsoft Windows Is Now A Looming Security Disaster In China

Microsoft Windows is now a disaster waiting to happen in China.

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Microsoft ends support for Windows 7 today, January 14. And for anyone still running the ten-year-old operating system, that’s a major security risk—no more updates means that any new vulnerabilities can spread like wildfire. And speculation is now rife that the first such issue is just hours from being disclosed.

As much of an issue as the end of life of Windows 7 is around the world—by all accounts hundreds of millions of PCs have yet to be upgraded to Windows 10, in China the situation is worse, much worse. As reported by Abacus and picked up in the South China Morning Post, “more than two-thirds of PCs running Windows in the country are still on the 10-year-old platform.”

Last year, China’s National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team, CNCERT, published an overview of China’s install base, reporting that “Windows 7 accounted for the highest proportion at 62.49%.” The government body advised those users [to] update “as soon as possible.” At the time of publishing its report, CNCERT found that “Windows 10 accounted for just 11.71%.”

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And so, even as Windows 10 has spread to 50% or more of PCs world-wide, China remains a huge challenge for Microsoft to push this need to upgrade. Especially where, as reported by Chinese media, much of the user base prefers the tried and tested and familiar Windows 7 systems still in use.

The warnings are now hitting western media, including one from the U.K.’s GCHQ spy agency urging remaining Windows 7 users to use alternative platforms for any financial transactions or even email, as reported for Forbes.com by Davey Winder. It is uncertain how many of those warnings will hit the Chinese press in the same way, though. And, as such, and as new vulnerabilities are disclosed, there is a disaster waiting to happen in China. Remember

The coincidental timing for Microsoft’s Windows 7 shift—which has been in the public domain for more than a year and heavily publicised—is notable given the impending technology split between east and west, driven by the U.S. campaign to restrict China’s technology giants over security and human rights concerns, and China’s continued blocking of major western software and media outlets.

This technology split could well see a new mobile operating system emerge, driven by Huawei’s need for an alternative to Google. But the split could well be wider and hit desktops as well. China is accelerating investments in the production of the high-value components used in the latest technology innovations, and the U.S. is restricting China’s access to U.S. research and development under the guise of AI defence.

All told, as China’s millions of Windows users are pushed to update or upgrade, it’s not guaranteed that Microsoft’s overall market share will remain intact given the wider politics in place. In the meantime, though, whether in China or elsewhere, if you’re persisting with Windows 7 you do need to sort that out—and fast.

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Microsoft ends support for Windows 7: What you need to know

Microsoft’s support for Windows 7 ends today. This is by design: Microsoft provides at least a decade of support for its operating systems, split into two distinct types. Windows 7, the successor to Windows Vista, hit RTM status on July 22, 2009 and general availability on October 22, 2009. Microsoft thus supported Windows 7 for just over its minimum 10 years. That includes a service pack (in March 2010) and a Platform Update (in February 2013). Microsoft ended Mainstream Support on January 13, 2015, and now Extended Support on January 14, 2020.

And yet, Windows 7 is the Microsoft operating system that millions do not want to upgrade. Just like Windows XP users, who shunned Windows Vista, Windows 7 users shunned Windows 8. Only once Windows 10 showed up did the real upgrade cycle begin, helping sell PCs along the way. And in another similarity to Windows XP, even though most consumers have moved to Windows 10 many businesses still cling to Windows 7.

No More Updates For Windows 7 In 2020

In September 2019, when Windows 10 passed 50% market share, Windows 7 had 30.34% market share. Windows 7 has continued to decline slowly, capping off last year with 26.64% market share. Nonetheless, having one in four computers running Windows 7 still translates to hundreds of millions of computers running a decade-old operating system.

What end of support means

Microsoft’s Mainstream Support includes free incident support, warranty claims, fixes for non-security and security bugs, plus design changes and feature requests. Extended Support consists solely of security updates. In other words, Windows 7 is dead in Microsoft’s eyes.

If you continue to use Windows 7, your computer will still work, but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and malware. Software and hardware manufacturers will be even less likely to make products that work with the operating system, opting to focus on more recent versions of Windows.

For over a year now, Microsoft has been warning Windows 7 users about the January 14, 2020 date. Now that it’s here, security updates are no longer available for Windows 7, at least not for free. You may, however, be able to purchase Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs).

Regardless, Microsoft plans to start showing a new pop-up notification to Windows 7 users tomorrow. From the KB4530734 support article:

Starting on January 15, 2020, a full-screen notification will appear that describes the risk of continuing to use Windows 7 Service Pack 1 after it reaches end of support on January 14, 2020. The notification will remain on the screen until you interact with it.

This notification will show up on the following Windows 7 editions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. If you have purchased Windows 7 ESUs, your computer is domain-joined, or it’s in kiosk mode, the notification will not appear.

For an overview of other important upcoming dates for Microsoft’s desktop operating systems, check the Windows Lifecycle page. The next major end of support date is for Windows 8.1, on January 10, 2023. If you’re still on Windows 7, you could move to Windows 8.1, but you should jump straight to Windows 10.

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RIP Windows 7: Microsoft ends support today

Pack up your things, Windows 7 users. It’s time to move on, as Microsoft today ends support of the venerable OS. So to the millions of people still running the OS: now’s really, truly the time to upgrade.

According to Microsoft’s end-of-support article for the OS, your Windows 7 computer “will still function but Microsoft will no longer provide …. Technical support for any issues…. Software updates… [or] Security updates or fixes.” In fact, it’s almost laughably passive-aggressive in its nudge to get users to buy a new PC that can run Windows 10:

While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC.

They can’t exactly say they didn’t see this coming. Microsoft announced almost a year ago that today would be the final day of Windows 7 support. And it’s not a good idea to remain on an unsupported OS, if only because you won’t get any more security upgrades.

There is some hope for the many businesses that still run on Windows 7 PCs. Microsoft offers Extended Security Updates (ESU), for a price, which will support Windows 7 for the next three years, though the word is that this will get more and more expensive for them as time goes on. The ESUs won’t be available for individual users. So basically, upgrade or get left behind, is the message Microsoft is sending.

If you’re one of the people finally, begrudgingly making the transition to Windows 10, Microsoft is also quick to add that its “the most secure Windows ever built,” and that it’s “the perfect operating system for personal and household use.”

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