Operating Systems

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 Pro
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Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

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 24 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
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 Home Edition w/SP2
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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
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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
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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

MSRP: $129.00

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Red Hat Linux 9.0 Professional
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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
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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

MSRP: $149.95

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Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
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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

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