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Microsoft's Windows 10 October 2018 Update reviewed
— 9:54 AM on October 5, 2018

Windows 10's October 2018 update popped up out of nowhere and it's chock-full of features big and small alike. We take a good luck to...

Type: Feature article Tags: Software Operating systems Windows

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Microsoft's Windows 10 April Update reviewed
— 12:16 PM on June 14, 2018

The first of Microsoft's biannual Windows 10 updates for 2018 is in the wild. We scroll through Timelines and do some Near Shares to see...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

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A first look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview
— 10:21 PM on October 19, 2014

Cyril has spent some time with the Windows 10 Technical Preview, and he's jotted down his thoughts about each of the major new features...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

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High-PPI support in Windows 8.1: still not so great
— 8:25 PM on December 19, 2013

Displays with high pixel densities are pretty much standard in tablets, and we're all waiting for them to become standard in notebooks. Take a trip...

Type: Blog post Tags: Displays Mobile computing Windows

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Hands-on with Windows 8.1 Preview
— 2:48 PM on June 26, 2013

Late last month, Microsoft announced a raft of interface changes that Windows 8.1 would introduce. Here's a first-hand look at some of them from...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

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The problem with Windows convertible tablets
— 10:56 PM on March 13, 2013

I've been spending a fair bit of time with Windows convertible tablets lately. I reviewed the Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T last week,...

Type: Blog post Tags: Mobile computing Windows Personal tech

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My six days with Windows 8
— 12:32 AM on November 2, 2012

So, I installed Windows 8 on my desktop PC last week. It was late on the eve of the launch. The download link for the $39.99...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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How Windows 8 scaling fails on high-PPI displays
— 11:08 AM on September 26, 2012

We've taken Windows 8 for a spin on Asus' new Zenbook Prime in order to get a feel for the new OS's PPI scaling...

Type: Feature article Tags: Displays Mobile computing Windows

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At last, Microsoft may have copied Apple properly
— 2:52 AM on June 22, 2012

Okay, I apologize for the shameful, troll-bait headline. I realize it's easy to misinterpret, so let me qualify with a statement: Microsoft didn't get where it...

Type: Blog post Tags: Miscellaneous Windows

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Windows 8 frightens me, and here's why
— 9:43 PM on May 17, 2012

Some people just hate change. It can't be helped. Those people cling to old versions of their favorite software as long as they can. When...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Windows 8 and the marginalization of geeks
— 10:23 AM on September 16, 2011

On Tuesday, Microsoft made the Windows 8 Developer Preview available publicly without demanding so much as a Windows Live login name and password in return....

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Windows 7: A desktop user's take
— 3:07 PM on August 26, 2009

Does Windows 7 really live up to the hype? Is it a worthwhile upgrade over Vista and XP for desktop users and enthusiasts? We took...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Toward a more rational backup strategy
— 10:43 PM on July 7, 2009

Like many of us, my history of backup management is shameful, littered with poorly labeled DVD-Rs, manual file copies, and a minimum of forethought. ...

Type: Feature article Tags: Storage Windows

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Trying out Windows 7's XP Mode
— 3:04 PM on May 11, 2009

Late last month, Microsoft revealed plans to offer a free Windows XP virtualization solution to users of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. In a...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Thoughts on the Windows 7 beta
— 4:44 PM on January 13, 2009

I've already written at length about my (generally positive) appraisal of Windows Vista, yet I'm still eagerly looking forward to Windows 7. While I find...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Windows 7, or Vista Second Edition?
— 8:25 PM on October 30, 2008

As an early adopter, I'm a bit used to being burned by my purchases. Formats die, product availability and support are usually low, and the...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Windows Vista Service Pack 1: A performance check
— 8:58 PM on April 3, 2008

How does Service Pack 1 affect Windows Vista's day-to-day performance in common desktop applications and games? We've run a host of benchmarks in order to...

Type: Feature article Tags: Operating systems Windows

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Vista SP1 nuked my network file copies
— 8:55 PM on April 3, 2008

Recently, I built a storage server for my LAN and migrated all of my important documents over to it.  Even more recently, I built myself...

Type: Blog post Tags: Operating systems Windows

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