Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro ( Upgrade)

Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 15, 2012
2.2 stars User rating out of 346 votes
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on July 31, 2009
4.2 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Windows Vista Home Basic
REVIEW

Windows 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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 24, 2007
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $199.95

Microsoft Small Business Server 2003
REVIEW

Microsoft Small Business Server 2003

For small businesses that need a business in a box and want to stick with Microsoft technology, SBS 2003 is the only game in town.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on February 5, 2004
Mac OS X 10.1
REVIEW

Mac OS X 10.1

Panther adds new and useful features, but at the expense of some old standbys. Current Jaguar users need not apply.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 30, 2003

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Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
REVIEW

Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar

Take a good, hard look at Mac OS X 10.2 if you're adding a Mac to a Windows network--Jaguar's new tools can't be beat. But home users, beware the $129 upgrade price if you're not looking for networking options.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 21, 2002

MSRP: $129.00

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

Despite its many annoyances, XP is a worthwhile upgrade. Unless you need corporate administration tools, XP Home Edition should suffice for most--even for small businesses. Enterprise customers, look to Professional Edition.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 4, 2001
1 star User rating out of 1 vote
Microsoft Windows Me
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows Me

Millennium is a great face-lift for Windows 98, but it's not a necessary upgrade. If you have technical difficulties or work with pictures or music, try the new OS. But if you're happy with Windows 98, stick with it.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 28, 2000
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

Windows 2000 isn't for the gamer or the casual surfer, but if you have a yen for speed, stability, and some serious server tools, this business-class OS will do you right.

4 stars Editors' rating on December 17, 1999
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Apple iOS 9
EDITORS' TAKE

Apple iOS 9

iOS 9 is coming this fall, but we spent some time with the public beta and like what we've seen so far.

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