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Windows 10 tip: Find your PC's original product key

Windows 10 tip: Find your PC's original product key

If you've purchased a new PC with Windows pre-installed in the past few years, chances are it has a product key embedded in its BIOS. With a little PowerShell wizardry, you can find that well-hidden key and learn more about your current licensing status.

August 10, 2016 by in SMBs

What if Santa was also a tech CEO?

What if Santa was also a tech CEO?

What if Santa moonlighted as a tech CEO for the rest of the year? I'm pretty sure these cutthroat titans of tech feel that jolly old St. Nick is missing a trick or two by giving people the gifts they want as opposed to using his position to gain dominance and market share.

December 11, 2014 by in Hardware

12 essential Microsoft business apps for the iPhone

12 essential Microsoft business apps for the iPhone

As part of Microsoft's "mobile first, cloud first" mission, it has built up a large portfolio of consumer and business apps on every platform. In this roundup, I look at a dozen iOS apps that help IT pros and power users stay productive with an iPhone and Microsoft services.

December 3, 2014 by in Mobility

How the Surface Pro 3 changed the way I work

How the Surface Pro 3 changed the way I work

For the first time in 20 years, I don't own a conventional clamshell laptop PC. The Surface Pro 3 has taken over all the functions that I used to need a laptop for, and it makes an excellent tablet, too. Here's how I use this device in PC and tablet modes.

October 28, 2014 by in Mobility

Microsoft's commitment to interoperability

At JavaOne in San Francisco, Microsoft's Dan'l Lewin declares interoperability a fundamental responsibility given the company's position in the industry. Based on today's mixed computing environments, Lewin says, "there is an inevitable requirement for interoperability and choice."

June 4, 2009 in Microsoft

E3 2009 Preview

As this year's E3 approaches, Brian Tong sits down with GameSpot's Ricardo Torres and CNET News' Daniel Terdiman to dissect the rumors and make some predictions.

May 29, 2009 in Microsoft

Microsoft and HP announce alliance at Interop

At the Interop Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft's Stephen Elop and Hewlett-Packard's Ann Livermore announce a partnership between the two companies to bring a better, faster, less expensive, unified communication solution to businesses. Also, Microsoft's Warren Barkley demonstrates a touch-screen workspace that has drag and drop conference calls, voice to text voicemails, and an integrated document sharing space.

May 22, 2009 in Microsoft

'Desktop diving' with Google

ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das talks to Senior Editor Sam Diaz about the updates to Google's mapping application, Google Earth 5. While Google Earth Pro sells for a pricey $400, Google Earth is free and Diaz explains why the search giant is giving away the goods during cash-strapped times. Diaz also discusses the competition the application faces from Microsoft.

February 4, 2009 in Microsoft

Ballmer previews Windows 7

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer opens the show with a look at the future of entertainment. He also previews the next Windows operating system, Windows 7.

January 8, 2009 in Microsoft

Dell OptiPlex 960

Dell OptiPlex 960

If you're shopping at the premium end of the business desktop market, you'll be hard-pressed to do better than the Dell OptiPlex 960.

March 11, 2009 by in Dell

IBM Lotus Symphony 1.2

IBM Lotus Symphony 1.2

While the interface of IBM's free office suite is sexy, its hunger for system resources and lack of features mean that OpenOffice.org 3 is still the best free office suite. Also, watch out for Symphony's lack of OOXML support.

January 26, 2009 by in IBM

HP 2533t Mobile Thin Client

HP 2533t Mobile Thin Client

The desktop is dead, long live the thin client desktop. Following the trend of migrating applications into the datacentre, thin clients have become increasingly popular. We found HP's first mobile thin client to be a reliable system at a reasonable price.

August 24, 2008 by in Windows

OpenOffice.org 2.4.0

OpenOffice.org 2.4.0

OpenOffice.org 2.4.0 is a free, open source alternative to Microsoft's Office application suite. It is fantastic if you need basic office applications — such as a word processor or spreadsheet — at no cost. However, large organisations and power users may be disappointed by its lack of features and support.

August 4, 2008 by in Open Source

Lenovo ThinkCentre A57

Lenovo ThinkCentre A57

The Lenovo A57 is a well-priced office desktop with a strong performance. While very similar to its smaller sibling, the M57e, the A57 offers better performance and upgrade options for a small price increase.

May 28, 2008 by in Intel

ELOoffice 7.0

ELOoffice 7.0

ELOoffice 7.0 interfaces with a very wide range applications, has excellent scalability through professional and enterprise versions, and has local technical support. Overall it is a well featured document management system and offered at a very good price.

October 2, 2007 by in Microsoft

Policy Central Enterprise

Policy Central Enterprise

Enforcing the acceptable use of business computers is often a tricky business. This application helps manage an AUP (Acceptable Use Policy) by placing the onus on individual users.

September 21, 2006 by in Microsoft

Acer Aspire e650

Acer Aspire e650

The Acer Aspire e650 is a powerful, feature-rich media centre, but we're still not convinced that Viiv is mature enough for mass adoption.

September 7, 2006 by in Intel

ASUS P525

ASUS P525

ASUS enters the local smartphone arena with a bang -- the P525 quad-band PDA looks to be a great companion for the mobile professional.

August 24, 2006 by in Collaboration

Nokia 6280

Nokia 6280

Nokia brings ease-of-use to 3G with the introduction of the 6280. Boasting a 2-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, video camera, and an updated interface, Nokia paves the way for those cautious of third-generation phones.

April 9, 2006 by in Microsoft

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