How Microsoft’s nasty new Windows 10 pop-up tricks you into upgrading

This morning, the unthinkable happened: My wife, an avowed PC user who long ago swore to never touch an Apple device, started shopping around for a Mac Mini. And it’s all thanks to Windows 10. Or rather, the nasty new way that Microsoft’s tricking Windows 7 and 8 users into automatically updating to Windows 10.

I adore Windows 10, but I’ve long been a vocal critic of the heavy-handed tactics that Microsoft’s been using to force people into the upgrade, all to hit an arbitrary goal of 1 billion users. The annoying “Get Windows 10” pop-up began using deceiving malware-like tactics months ago, but it recently received an overhaul that seems purposefully designed to confuse users who have been wearily slogging through the nagging for half a year now.

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How Microsoft’s deceptive new Windows 10 pop-up tricks you into upgrading

This morning, the unthinkable happened: My wife, an avowed PC user who long ago swore to never touch an Apple device, started shopping around for a Mac Mini. And it’s all thanks to Windows 10. Or rather, the nasty new way that Microsoft’s tricking Windows 7 and 8 users into automatically updating to Windows 10.

I adore Windows 10, but I’ve long been a vocal critic of the heavy-handed tactics that Microsoft’s been using to force people into the upgrade, all to hit a goal of migrating 1 billion users to an operating system brimming with freemium services and ads. The annoying “Get Windows 10” pop-up began using deceiving malware-like tactics months ago, but it recently received an overhaul that seems purposefully designed to confuse users who have been wearily slogging through the nagging for half a year now.

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How Microsoft’s tricky new Windows 10 pop-up deceives you into upgrading

This morning, the unthinkable happened: My wife, an avowed PC user who long ago swore to never touch an Apple device, started shopping around for a Mac Mini. And it’s all thanks to Windows 10. Or rather, the nasty new way that Microsoft’s tricking Windows 7 and 8 users into automatically updating to Windows 10.

I adore Windows 10, but I’ve long been a vocal critic of the heavy-handed tactics that Microsoft’s been using to force people into the upgrade, all to hit a goal of migrating 1 billion users to an operating system brimming with freemium services and ads. The annoying “Get Windows 10” pop-up began using deceiving malware-like tactics months ago, but it recently received an overhaul that seems purposefully designed to confuse users who have been wearily slogging through the nagging for half a year now.

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Now any Windows 10 user can complain to Microsoft using the Feedback Hub

Microsoft really, really wants to get your feedback. Not content to merely periodically ask you for your thoughts on Windows 10, the company has released its Feedback Hub to all Windows 10 users, not just Windows Insider testers.

This news comes our way from the French-language blog Thewindose (via WinBeta), which first noticed the Feedback Hub app on the store. Originally built for Windows Insider users, the Feedback Hub app lets you report bugs to Microsoft, as well as offer suggestions for making Windows 10 better.

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Why you should use the OneDrive app in Windows 10

Earlier this week, Microsoft rolled out a new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app for OneDrive that works on PCs. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, you should, because it fills a gap in Windows 10’s native OneDrive integration. Specifically, there’s no way to see files that are in OneDrive but not on your PC.

In fact, once you get the hang of using the Windows Store app, you can choose to leave some larger files in OneDrive to create more space on your PC.

Space savers

Once you download and install OneDrive from the Windows Store, sign-in to the app with your Microsoft account, and wait for your OneDrive files to populate. Once that’s done you are ready to offload some of your files to OneDrive, while still being able to see them easily on your PC.

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Bing Concierge appears to be Microsoft’s answer to Google’s conversational Assistant

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Chromebooks surge past Macs in the U.S. for the first time

It may have taken nearly five years, but it’s finally official: Chromebooks are no joke.

More Google-powered laptops shipped than Macs in the U.S. during the first three months of 2016, IDC market analyst Linn Huang recently told The Verge. (Disclosure: IDC and PCWorld are both owned by International Data Group, but have no editorial ties.) This is the first time Chromebooks have out-shipped a competing PC platform.

Chromebooks beating Macs may be a surprising statistic, but in reality, it’s just that—a statistic. It’s unlikely that Chromebooks are about to become the second most important PC platform in the United States, because this first Chromebook victory comes with two big caveats.

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