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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.

January 24, 2007

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 24, 2007
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Windows Vista Home Premium

Windows Vista Home Premium is essentially warmed-over Windows XP Home Edition. 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 Home Premium is stable enough for everyday use.

January 24, 2007

3.5 stars Editors' rating January 24, 2007
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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.

October 17, 2013

4 stars Editors' rating October 17, 2013
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How to upgrade to Windows 8.1 from earlier versions of Windows

Microsoft's latest operating system brings a handful of new features and improvements to the Windows platform. Here's how to get it.

By October 17, 2013

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Staples Connect Hub (D-Link Edition)

A pilot program for the office supplier's smart-home hub was successful enough to merit a broader US roll-out, along with new hardware and more partnerships.

June 30, 2014

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Microsoft All-in-One Media keyboard

The Microsoft All-in-One Media keyboard is a keyboard-plus-touchpad combo for home theater PCs that is both low-cost and simple to use.

May 29, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating May 29, 2014
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Petfie lets you show off pet photos - and mark strays for neutering

Besides posting cute pictures of your cats and dogs, the Singapore app allows users to tag strays so a cat charity can find and sterilize them.

By July 31, 2014

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Asus Transformer TF103C

With Asus' slickest user interface yet, included keyboard, and a competitive starting price, the small but chunky Transformer Pad TF103 is an attractively affordable tablet hybrid.

July 16, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating July 16, 2014
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Windows 8.1 closes in on Vista among desktop OS users

The newest version of Windows is behind Vista by just a hundredth of a percent, based on the latest stats from Net Applications.

By January 2, 2014

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How and when to upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1

Microsoft has released a new version of its Windows Phone operating system. Here's how you can get it on your device right now.

By April 14, 2014