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M365 Business means free Windows 10 upgrades, but for business only

Microsoft has confirmed that upgrade licenses to Windows 10 Pro that businesses obtain from the free preview of Microsoft 365 Business (M365) will remain in place. That’s true even if the customer doesn’t transition to a paid plan.

Also, companies that do subscribe to new Windows/Office suite combo when it’s available, then later cancel the subscription or otherwise exit the plan, will be allowed to retain the Windows 10 licenses.

“Customers will be able to keep their upgraded license to Windows 10,” a company spokeswoman said in an email reply to questions about M365 Business, including the preview set to begin on Aug. 2.

The confirmation that customers will preserve their upgraded licenses means that Microsoft sees M365 Business as yet another way to get Windows 10 onto more PCs. More specifically, Microsoft probably views the plan as a foot in the door, a precursor to the customer subscribing to the more expensive and inclusive Microsoft 365 Enterprise.

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The IT upgrade cycle has never looked better for Apple

We saw a whole bunch of nothing written about so-called ‘weak’ Mac sales this week, but those twisted out of context numbers didn’t reflect how the real world works – and Apple’s big business bid is only now beginning.

Windows XP and the PC replacement cycle

You’d be surprised how many of the computers out there still run Windows XP. In some cases, this reflects the defund and privatize ethic beloved of some state functionaries, in others those systems are mandatory in order to support some legacy back end system the golf-loving C-suite classes haven’t yet been convinced to invest and replace.

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AMD Ryzen Threadripper: Everything we know so far about this monster CPU

Updated July 13: AMD finally dropped the other shoe and announced jaw-droppingly good prices for its 16-core and 12-core Threadripper CPUs. Threadripper’s clock speeds and August release window were also revealed.

AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper chips could very well be the most powerful consumer CPU ever introduced when it releases in August. With up to 16 cores and 32 threads, Threadripper gives the high-performance Intel products currently dominating high-end desktops something to worry about.

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Hands-on: MSI’s GT75VR Titan brings high-end HDR display tech to a gaming laptop

There are big laptops, and then there’s MSI’s Titan series. Weighing in at 9.7 pounds and featuring a dozen cooling pipes, an Nvidia GTX 1080, and a full mechanical keyboard, the GT75VR Titan can’t quite match the $ 9,000 decadence of Acer’s Predator 21 X, but it’s still one of the largest and most feature-packed laptops around.

The feature I expect will make the most difference, though not necessarily the one that will be most talked about? An HDR-ready display—two, actually, because you can get the GT75VR in 1080 and 4K variants. HDR is still a rarity in desktop displays, let alone in laptops—we’ve only seen one or two announced with the capability so far. MSI actually dropped from an 18-inch Titan down to a 17-inch Titan because of the greater availability of displays at the smaller size. The upgrade in screen technology immediately puts the GT75VR in an elite group.

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43% off Caller-ID Call Blocker For Robo-calls, Telemarketers and Other Nuisances – Deal Alert

Just hit the big red “block now” button and say goodbye to robocalls, telemarketer calls, solicitor calls, elections calls, junk faxes or anyone else you’d prefer not to hear from. This small and discreet gadget can also block international and private numbers, as well as full area codes. It has a 1,000 number/area code memory with 200 numbers pre-programmed. The popular gadget averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 3,600 people on Amazon (73% rate 5 stars — read recent reviews here), where its original list price is reduced 43% to $ 79.99. See the discounted 1,200 number call-blocker on Amazon.

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