Operating Systems

Apple MacOS Sierra
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Apple MacOS Sierra

The key features in Apple's new operating system for desktops and laptops.

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Apple iOS 10
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Apple iOS 10

Due out this fall, iOS 10 enhances everything from the lock screen to Siri, and trots out a boatload of new crazy-fun messaging features.

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Google Android Nougat
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Google Android Nougat

With Google releasing more info about its Android Nougat mobile OS, here are the features we're excited about the most.

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Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
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Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

If you own a Mac, you'll want El Capitan. This update simplifies the Mac experience, improving the tools you already use while promising improved performance to come.

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Apple iOS 9
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Apple iOS 9

If you own a recent Apple device, you'll want to make the jump to iOS 9: Better battery life, improved native apps and multitasking prowess on the latest iPad make this upgrade a no-brainer.

3.5 stars User rating out of 2 votes

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Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow
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Google Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow is out now. This is everything you need to know about Google's mobile operating system update.

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Microsoft Windows 10 Home
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Microsoft Windows 10 Home ( OEM)

Windows 10 delivers a refined, vastly improved vision for the future of computing with an operating system that's equally at home on tablets and traditional PCs -- and it's a free upgrade for most users.

1 star User rating out of 19 votes
Apple iOS 8.1
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Apple iOS 8.1

With the latest version of iOS and an NFC-equipped iPhone, you'll finally be able to pay for transactions with Apple Pay.

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Google Android L
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Google Android L

Google gives us a preview of the future of its mobile operating system.

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Google Android TV
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Google Android TV

Google is taking yet another shot at a living room software platform with Android TV, which runs on the upcoming Android L platform.

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Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
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Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

From new Continuity features to smaller, useful tweaks across core apps, Mac OS X Yosemite is a must download for Mac users.

1 star User rating out of 12 votes

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Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update
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Microsoft 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.

4 stars User rating out of 2 votes

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Nokia X Software Platform
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Nokia X Software Platform

Nokia sure tried hard to give us something new, but its mashup of Android, Windows Phone, and Asha gives its Nokia X phone limited powers and a nagging identity crisis.

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Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
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Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

As it's a free upgrade that gives you more apps, improved features across the board, and better performance, there is really no reason not to get Mavericks on your Mac.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on October 24, 2013
2.1 stars User rating out of 18 votes
Microsoft Windows 8.1
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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.

4 stars Editors' rating on October 17, 2013
1 star User rating out of 67 votes
Ubuntu Touch
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Ubuntu Touch

The new Ubuntu Touch operating system for phones and tablets blows away rivals Firefox OS and Tizen -- and it may even be better than iOS and Android.

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Tizen OS
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Tizen OS

In an early demo of Tizen OS on a Samsung phone, the new OS looks a lot like Android -- and is clearly a long way from prime time.

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Firefox OS
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Firefox OS

Mozilla's mobile operating system, unveiled at Mobile World Congress, won't win over many iOS and Android faithful. But it's credible for low-budget feature-phone owners.

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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
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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 347 votes
Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard
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Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard

Intel Mac users will like Snow Leopard's smartly designed interface enhancements, and its Exchange support is a must-have (especially with Outlook for Mac on the way). With a ton of technological improvements, Snow Leopard is worth the $29 upgrade fee.

4 stars Editors' rating on August 26, 2009