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Best Windows 10 apps this week

Two-hundred-and-fifty-seven in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days.

Microsoft announced recently that it will extend support for the Windows 10 November Update version that was released in 2015 for another six months for Enterprise and Education customers.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17040 to the Fast ring

Last week, Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Insider Build 17035 to users on the Fast ring (and Skip Ahead), but didn’t make it available to all. A bug affecting PCs with AMD processors meant that Microsoft was forced to block the new release on those systems.

The latest new build, Build 17040, fixes that issue, meaning it’s available for all Insiders to download from today.

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Get 'Windows 10 for Enterprise Administrators' ($36 value) FREE for a limited time

Learn the art of configuring, deploying, managing and securing Windows 10 for your enterprise.

Microsoft’s launch of Windows 10 is a step toward satisfying the enterprise administrator’s needs for management and user experience customization. This book provides the enterprise administrator with the knowledge needed to fully utilize the advanced feature set of Windows 10 Enterprise.

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Best Windows 10 apps this week

Two-hundred-and-fifty-six in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days.

Microsoft added options to the Microsoft Store version 11709.1001.7 and newer to shop for Surface hardware. This is only available in the US, UK and Australia for the time being however.

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Microsoft releases feature-packed Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17035 to the Fast ring... but not for everyone

Microsoft is busy working on the next big feature update for Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 4, and today it releases a new build for Windows Insiders on the Fast ring (and Skip Ahead).

It’s been a fortnight since we last had a new build as Microsoft encountered some major bugs that meant it wasn’t able to push out a new version last week. Build 17035 comes with some exciting new features and improvements, but unfortunately not everyone will be able to install it.

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Steam: Gamers abandoning Windows 10 in huge numbers

Microsoft has -- for the moment at least -- stopped updating its official Windows market share page, which means if you want to see how well the various flavors of Windows are doing, you have three options. StatCounter’s latest update shows Windows 10 closing in on Windows 7, while NetMarketShare’s figures have the new OS still a long way off reaching that milestone.

The third option is Steam’s monthly user survey, which shows the state of things from the gamers’ perspective. Usually Windows 10 is by far the most popular OS but in October its share tumbled, while Windows 7’s shot up. A mistake surely? But no, it seems to be correct.

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Best Windows 10 apps this week

Two-hundred-and-fifty-five in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days.

Microsoft announced this week that it will end the free upgrade offer to Windows 10 for customers who use assistive technologies this year.

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StatCounter: Windows 10 narrowing the gap on Windows 7, will overtake it this month

Each month, we report NetMarketShare’s figures on the state of the desktop operating system market. Although the numbers occasionally go a little haywire (last month, for example, they briefly showed a sizeable -- and unrealistic -- growth for Linux, before being corrected), they are usually pretty consistent.

NetMarketShare isn’t the only firm that monitors operating system share however. StatCounter also keeps a close eye on the state of things, and its figures paint a very different, and much rosier picture for Windows 10.

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NetMarketShare: Windows 10 sees its slowest growth in months

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update began its rollout last month, and according to AdDuplex it’s already on over 5 percent of systems running the new OS.

Windows 10’s growth has generally been quite slow since Microsoft pulled the plug on the official free upgrade path, and the latest figures from NetMarketShare show no change here. In fact, in October, Windows 10 saw its slowest growth in months.

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Microsoft to end secret free Windows 10 upgrade offer by end of year

Microsoft officially pulled the plug on the free Windows 10 upgrade offer last year, but the truth is you can still get the new operating system free of charge if you know how.

There are two main methods. You can either simply upgrade using a Windows 7 or 8.x key, or you can go through the assistive technologies page. The latter option lets anyone who claims to use assistive technologies to upgrade for free, and works on an honor system. You don’t need to actually prove you have any kind of disability to make use of it.

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How to link an iPhone or Android phone to a Windows 10 PC

Windows 10 Mobile is now officially dead, and Microsoft has switched its attention to Android and iPhone, releasing a growing number of apps for those operating systems.

You can now also link your Android device or iPhone to any PC running Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which will allow you to start a task on your phone, and then continue it on your PC. Here’s what you need to do.

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Best Windows 10 apps this week

Two-hundred-and-fifty-four in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 on the Windows Store in the past seven days.

The Fall Creators Update is out. Check out Wayne's guide on rolling back to a previous version of Windows 10, and Mark's guide on fixing missing applications after installation.

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5 percent of Windows 10 users already have the Fall Creators Update, but what on earth's happening with the Creators Update?

Microsoft rolls out two feature updates a year for Windows 10. In April the software giant released the Creators Update, and then a week ago, the Fall Creators Update made its debut.

Spaced six months apart, the idea is that by the time the second feature update is released, most people will have upgraded to the first. But while that’s the theory, it’s certainly not the case with the Creators Update.

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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17025 to the Fast ring (and Skip Ahead)

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout only began last week, but Microsoft is already working on the next big feature update. We’ve had a few releases from the Redstone 4 branch already, and today we get another.

New builds this early on tend not to offer too much in the way of new features, but there’s a few differences this time around that Insiders might enjoy.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update offers ransomware protection with Controlled Folder Access

Ransomware is one of the most concerning, and the most prevalent, forms of malware around at the moment. While there are numerous security tools out there that you can install to keep yourself protected, if you have upgraded to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update you have a built-in tool at your disposal.

Called Controlled Folder Access, the feature locks down files and folders to protect them against unwanted changes -- including encryption by ransomware. It's not enabled by default, so here's what you need to do.

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