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Samsung Ativ One 5 Style

Samsung's new Ativ One 5 Style is an all-in-one Windows 8 touch-screen PC that's very reminiscent of a huge Galaxy Tab.

By Jun. 20, 2013

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Windows 8

Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.

By Aug. 15, 2012

4 stars Editor's rating Aug. 15, 2012
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Facebook (Windows Phone 8)

The slick and easy-to-use design makes Facebook for Windows Phone 8 a worthy free download, but the lack of key features will disappoint power users.

By Jul. 17, 2013

3.5 stars Editor's rating Jul. 17, 2013

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Microsoft Windows 8.1

If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year.

By Oct. 17, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Oct. 17, 2013
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Windows 8.1 Update

With new functionality for the Start button and separate experiences for desktop and tablet users, the Windows 8.1 update finally gives people what they want.

By Apr. 2, 2014

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Windows 8.1 Metro: Start or stop?

The tiled, touch-centric Metro interface is an integral part of Windows 8. So integral that Windows defaults to Metro on start up. Should this change?

By Feb. 1, 2014

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Windows 8 store now up to 450 Metro-style apps

It's a start, at least. And Microsoft is stepping up its push to get more developers to write for the new operating system coming this fall.

By Aug. 2, 2012

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Microsoft Office holds off on 'Metro style' till 2014

The 'Metro-Style' versions of Microsoft's core Office applications won't be out until 2014, Microsoft officials are confirming.

By Jun. 26, 2013

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Microsoft Vista Home Basic

Windows Vista Home Basic is essentially warmed-over Windows XP, Windows XP SP3. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use.

By Jan. 24, 2007

3.5 stars Editor's rating Jan. 24, 2007
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Windows 8 designer: Why Microsoft forced Metro on us all

A purported UX designer for Microsoft reveals why the "love it or hate it" Metro environment is the default in Windows 8.

By Feb. 18, 2014