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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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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 Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is the best update yet, thanks to its revamped design and modern features, but it lags behind iOS and Android.

By Apr. 14, 2014

3.5 stars Editor's rating Apr. 14, 2014

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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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Lenovo IdeaCentre B750

A refreshing new way to look at all-in-one desktops, the Lenovo B750's Blu-ray-friendly, extra-wide display is great for movies (if you add some extra software), and games greatly benefit from a wider field of view. It's different, and fun to use, but it cries out for a touch screen.

By Apr. 1, 2014

4 stars Editor's rating Apr. 1, 2014
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Instagram for Windows Phone

With too many missing features, Instagram for Windows Phone is not ready for prime time.

By Nov. 20, 2013

2.5 stars Editor's rating Nov. 20, 2013

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Vine for Windows Phone

Though it lacks some features found on the iOS and Android apps, Vine for Windows Phone will delight anyone who's been waiting for the real deal.

By Nov. 12, 2013

3.5 stars Editor's rating Nov. 12, 2013

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Microsoft intends to bring Xbox Live to iOS, Android games

Revealed in a job listing and later confirmed by Microsoft, the Xbox maker now wants to make its Live social gaming service the pre-eminent platform on mobile.

By Mar. 3, 2014