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Windows 8

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

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The term "peripherals" is wide-reaching on purpose to include all the accessories that will surely c

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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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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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Microsoft Kinect for Windows V2

A new version of the motion-sensing camera is coming to Windows PCs, copying the design and features of the Xbox One version.

By Apr. 2, 2014

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Microsoft Windows RT

Windows RT is a strange beast. On the one hand, speed, security, and the best of Windows 8 make RT a pleasure to use. But app restrictions make Windows RT confusing, and the limited availability of apps undercuts the operating system's usefulness.

By Nov. 12, 2012

3 stars Editor's rating Nov. 12, 2012

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Microsoft Xbox One

Its high price and imperfect voice control and TV integration keep the Xbox One short of must-have territory, but the inclusion of Titanfall for free (for new purchases) helps Microsoft's console hold the line against Sony's compelling PS4.

By Nov. 19, 2013

3.5 stars Editor's rating Nov. 19, 2013
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Microsoft Surface Pro

The Surface Pro's gutsy design successfully reinvents the Windows 8 laptop by cramming an ultrabook experience into the body of a 10-inch tablet. Those wanting to go all-in on the tablet experience won't regret buying the Surface Pro, but we're holding out for a future, more polished generation of the device.

By Oct. 14, 2013

3.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 14, 2013
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Facebook Messenger for Windows Phone

Download Facebook Messenger if you want the same robust chatting features from Facebook's Web site on your phone.

By Mar. 12, 2014

4 stars Editor's rating Mar. 12, 2014

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Origin PC EON17-SLX

Cramming the most high-end parts into a massive 17-inch body will top $4,000, but you also get a powerful laptop that has more next-gen gaming muscle than any living-room console.

By Nov. 19, 2013

4 stars Editor's rating Nov. 19, 2013

MSRP: $4,449.00

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Facebook settles with Timelines Inc.

Chicago company that made a loud stink about trademark infringement settles quietly with the social network.

By May. 3, 2013

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Microsoft Surface

If you're an early adopter willing to forget everything you know about navigating a computer, the Surface tablet could replace your laptop. Everyone else: wait for more apps.

By Oct. 23, 2012

3.5 stars Editor's rating Oct. 23, 2012