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Navigate the ins-and-outs of Windows 8 with how-tos, troubleshooting, news, and reviews.

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Best laptops of 2014

CNET editors choose and review the best thin and light laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks.

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HP Stream series

The Stream is a budget "cloud-based PC," now available in two new laptop and two new tablet sizes, making it one of the least expensive ways to get Windows 8.

September 29, 2014

MSRP: $199.00

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Microsoft Windows 9

Microsoft may be ready to ditch the woes of Windows 8 for something new and different.

September 12, 2014

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How to use the Google Software Removal tool in Windows

Not sure if you have a malicious toolbar or extension messing with your settings? Check out this tool from Google to investigate what's going on with Chrome.

By September 29, 2014

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HTC One M8 for Windows Phone

While its camera isn't best-in-class and Windows Phone's underwhelming app selection still stings, the elegant and sophisticated HTC One M8 is an enticing alternative to Nokia models.

August 25, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 25, 2014
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Best PC games for your Windows 8 2-in-1 hybrid

That 11-inch hybrid may not have a powerful graphics card, but it can still handle some of our favorite PC games.

9 Images By September 22, 2014

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Microsoft Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows

Microsoft takes the Xbox One controller and adds a cable for PC gaming.

September 16, 2014

MSRP: $59.95

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Nokia Lumia Icon

Buy the Nokia Lumia Icon for its beautiful display and well-rounded features, but skip it if you require gobs of storage, are on a budget, or prefer a power user's OS.

February 12, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating February 12, 2014
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With Windows Threshold, key changes behind the curtain

On Tuesday, Microsoft will offer details about the next version of Windows. Much of what really matters, says ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley, lies in how Redmond is building, testing and updating the OS.

By September 29, 2014

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Wunderlist (Windows Phone)

Wunderlist for Windows Phone is fast, free, task-management app that works anywhere you do, and couples cross-platform support with simple collaboration tools.

August 14, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating August 14, 2014

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BBM (Windows Phone)

BBM for Windows Phone is a great social networking option for BlackBerry fans, but competing chat apps offer more functionality, and have a far broader audience.

August 12, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating August 12, 2014

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