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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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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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Surprise! Microsoft jumps to Windows 10

Forget Windows 9. In an unexpected twist, Microsoft will be going straight to double digits from Windows 8 as it faces a challenging future for its operating system.

By September 30, 2014

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Windows Phone 8 Update 3

Microsoft's operating system makes Windows Phone phablets a reality with a new interface fitted for humongous screens, and support for quad-core CPUs.

October 14, 2013

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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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Where, when, and how to get Windows 10

For the diehard Windows user, Microsoft will be releasing a preview version of Windows 10.

By September 30, 2014

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Google Nexus 8

Is Google building an 8-inch Nexus tablet? All signs point to maybe -- let's see what we know.

June 13, 2014

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Windows Phone 8 Update 3 goes big for phablets (pictures)

The latest update for the mobile operating system from Microsoft adds support for larger screens and other design enhancements.

8 Images By October 14, 2013

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Samsung Galaxy S4

Its laundry list of features require time and effort to truly master, but the Galaxy S4 is the top choice for anyone looking for a big-screen, do-everything smartphone.

April 23, 2013

4.5 stars Editors' rating April 23, 2013
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Nokia joins the Windows Phone 8.1 party with 3 new handsets

Nokia is rolling out its bright style to three new Lumia handsets, all running the new Windows Phone 8.1 OS, including the brand's first ever Lumia dual-SIM model.

By April 2, 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