Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows 10 Home
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 10 Home

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.

2.6 stars User rating out of 28 votes

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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 25 October 2013
2.1 stars User rating out of 18 votes

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Microsoft Windows 8.1
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 8.1 ( French)

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 17 October 2013

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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro ( Upgrade)

Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking and bold statement for the future of PCs and touchscreen tablets with Windows 8, while significant security and speed improvements more than justify the upgrade price.

4 stars Editors' rating on 15 August 2012
2.2 stars User rating out of 346 votes

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OS X Mountain Lion
REVIEW

OS X Mountain Lion

When you see what you get for your money, Mountain Lion surely qualifies as the best value upgrade ever. The built-in social networking tools and the greater organisation afforded by Notification Center are worth the money on their own. The fact you also get native dictation tools, iCloud Document Library and more glosses an already compelling proposition.

5 stars Editors' rating on 25 July 2012
4 stars User rating out of 9 votes

Typical price: £13.99

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Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
REVIEW

Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition

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 6 February 2004

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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 21 August 2002

Typical price: £99.00

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Microsoft Small Business Server 2000
REVIEW

Microsoft Small Business Server 2000

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 15 May 2001

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Apple iOS 9
EDITORS' TAKE

Apple iOS 9

iOS 9 is coming this fall, but we spent some time with the public beta and like what we've seen so far.

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Google Android Marshmallow
EDITORS' TAKE

Google Android Marshmallow

Here's everything you need to know about Google's next mobile operating system, due in late 2015.

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