Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

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
3.8 stars User rating out of 4 votes
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
REVIEW

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

The grace of Leopard's interface enhancements makes productivity more pleasurable with a Mac, as more than 300 functional and fun features top off this update.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 25, 2007

MSRP: $129.00

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Apple Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
REVIEW

Apple Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger ( Family Pack)

Though its new user features have mixed appeal, Tiger's technological changes and speed improvements make this an enticing upgrade, especially for those who passed on Panther.

4 stars Editors' rating on February 1, 2007
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

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Windows Vista Home Premium
REVIEW

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.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on January 24, 2007
4.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes

MSRP: $239.95

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Windows Vista Business
REVIEW

Windows Vista Business

Windows Vista Business is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. 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

MSRP: $299.95

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Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
EDITORS' TAKE

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger

Due in mid-2005, Apple's new Mac OS X 10.4 promises more than 200 features.

5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $129.00

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Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Media Center Edition 2005 is the best desktop DVR app out there, but it's not yet ready to play hub for your digital home.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 11, 2004

This product is not sold separately. It is available as the preinstalled operating system on Media Center PCs.

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition w/SP2

We recommend installing Windows XP SP2 but only after Microsoft has had a few weeks to work out the kinks.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 11, 2004
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

MSRP: $599.00

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