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 64 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
2.1 stars User rating out of 345 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 Professional
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

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
2.2 stars User rating out of 8 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

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

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

MSRP: $129.00

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

MSRP: $149.95

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 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

MSRP: $299.00

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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Microsoft Small Business Server 2000: Win2K Svr
REVIEW

Microsoft Small Business Server 2000: Win2K Svr

We recommend Small Business Server for companies with more than 50 employees, but you'll have to purchase additional server licenses to do so. Smaller companies should consider rival server suites and outsourcing and open source solutions.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 15, 2001
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
Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
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Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan won't be available until this fall, but we got an early beta version to check out the latest refinements.

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Apple iOS 9
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Apple iOS 9

Major updates to the company's mobile OS kick off Apple's annual developer conference.

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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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Microsoft Windows 10
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Microsoft Windows 10

The latest version of Windows 10 adds new apps and brings new insights into Microsoft's future plans.

2.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

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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
EDITORS' TAKE

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 9 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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