Operating Systems

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
2 stars User rating out of 64 votes
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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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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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

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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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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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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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