Windows 10’s Creators Update tweaks a workaround for mandatory updates

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Windows 10’s Creators Update may nerf a workaround to mandatory updates

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Microsoft adds in-game chat transcription for Windows 10 and Xbox One

Microsoft wants to make it easier for gamers to understand each other’s inappropriate ramblings during intense multiplayer sessions. The company recently announced a public beta release of a new game chat transcription feature for Xbox One and Window 10 PCs.

Chat transcription doesn’t create an archived record of all the insults you hurled at gdogg23’s mother last Friday. Instead, it provides a real-time display of chat comments using a speech-to-text engine. Chat transcription also goes the other way, taking typed chat and turning it into speech. There are three voices to choose from for those going text-to-speech. The voices are from Windows 10’s built-in text-to-speech feature including David, Mark, and Zira.

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4 of the best Windows 10 app launchers for increasing your productivity

You might think an app launcher is a frivolous addition to your Windows desktop, but this tool offers big advantages over the Start menu or taskbar. Not only does it keep your favorite programs front-and-center for easy access, the best launchers also allow you to quickly find and open files, add calendar items to your to-do list, search the web, and more—all without ever touching your mouse.

Here are four of the best Windows 10 app launchers for increasing your productivity.

Launchy

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Launchy gives you quick access to apps, files, web searches, and even shell commands.

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Microsoft Teams: What to expect if your company switches

Microsoft Teams may be the new chat application that you don’t even know you’re going to use. Beginning Tuesday, businesses who subscribe to Office 365 have access to Teams, Microsoft's free app addressing the rise of real-time chat for interoffice communication. At any minute, you could get an email saying your office is moving to this app. We spent some time using it so you'll know what to expect.

Just what we needed, another chat app

You could say we've seen it all. In the last decade or so, PCWorld has moved from Yammer to GChat to HipChat to Slack, with occasional use of Skype, Google Hangouts and more.

Teams isn't entirely unfamiliar, as it incorporates a little bit of Yammer and a dash of Skype, plus Outlook and more. With any chat app, however, problems can crop up when no employee is quite sure which application to use for attaching or sharing files, creating meetings, or conducting ad-hoc video calls or collaborations.

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Windows Vista has just 30 days to live

In a month’s time, Microsoft will put Windows Vista to rest once and for all. If you’re one of the few people still using it, you have just a few weeks to find another option before time runs out.

After April 11, 2017, Microsoft will no longer support Windows Vista: no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates, Microsoft says. (Mainstream Vista support expired in 2012.) Like it did for Windows XP, Microsoft has moved on to better things after a decade of supporting Vista.

As Microsoft notes, however, running an older operating system means taking risks—and those risks will become far worse after the deadline. Vista’s Internet Explorer 9 has long since expired, and the lack of any further updates means that any existing vulnerabilities will never be patched—ever. Even if you have Microsoft’s Security Essentials installed—Vista’s own antivirus program—you’ll only receive new signatures for a limited time.

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PCWorld’s March Digital Edition: Windows 10 Creators Update

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Edition. Available as single copies or as a yearlong subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Edition for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the March issue

We give you money-saving tips for building a PC and we take a look at VR one year later. Plus, if we show you how to back up your PC for free, will you finally do it?

Other highights:

  • Consumer Watch: Best consumer antivirus products of 2016
  • Tested: The truth behind the MacBook Pro’s 'terrible' battery life
  • EVGA’s sensor-laden iCX technology: revolutionizes graphics card cooling
  • Hands On: Running Android apps on a Chromebook could be the best of both worlds
  • Here's How: How to stop Windows 10 from rebooting after updates

Video highlights

Watch: We unboxed the HP Spectre x360 13 and review the ASUS ZenBook Flip. Plus, how to use Microsoft Paint 3D.

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