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 60 votes
Google Android 5.0 Lollipop
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Google Android 5.0 Lollipop

This product has not yet been reviewed.

Lollipop is a tasty update with a candy-colored, cohesive design and updated core features.

0 stars User rating out of 42 votes

Free

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
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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
Ubuntu Touch
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Ubuntu Touch

This product has not yet been reviewed.

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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Nokia X Software Platform
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Nokia X Software Platform

This product has not yet been reviewed.

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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Google Android KitKat
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Google Android KitKat

This product has not yet been reviewed.

Android 4.4 KitKat brings Android to the masses, introduces a minimal design, and puts Google search in your dialer.

Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
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Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

This product has not yet been reviewed.

At an event in San Francisco, Google today unveiled the next version of Android, and while it doesn't appear to be a major departure from the last, it does bring its share of improvements, including mult-user restricted profiles.

2 stars User rating out of 1 vote
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

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

Apple iOS 7
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Apple iOS 7

Provided you take the time to find your way around, iOS 7's new design makes it a compelling upgrade that completely transforms Apple's mobile OS.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 18, 2013
2 stars User rating out of 107 votes