Operating Systems

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
REVIEW

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
REVIEW

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
2 stars User rating out of 66 votes
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
Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard
REVIEW

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
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
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
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
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
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
Apple Mac OS X 10.3 Panther
REVIEW

Apple Mac OS X 10.3 Panther

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
Red Hat Linux 9.0 Professional
REVIEW

Red Hat Linux 9.0 Professional

Red Hat 9.0 is a boon for those who already use it, but it's too expensive to warrant a switch from Windows. Try SuSE (or the free Red Hat) for a better mix of price and features.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on May 14, 2003
Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional
REVIEW

Red Hat Linux 8.0 Professional

Red Hat remains a solid Linux contender, but Windows switchers or dual-booters should stick with SuSE for easier installation.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on November 26, 2002
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
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 XP Professional
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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
5 stars User rating out of 3 votes
Linux Mandrake 8.0 Standard
REVIEW

Linux Mandrake 8.0 Standard

Linux-Mandrake 8.0 is easy to learn and use, with a toolset that should please advanced users and novices, in particular.

4 stars Editors' rating on June 1, 2001
Red Hat Linux 7.1 Std
REVIEW

Red Hat Linux 7.1 Std

With new configuration tools and an excellent Web-based system management service, Red Hat 7.1 deserves serious consideration as a Linux solution for your organization.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on May 29, 2001

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