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You have one month left to buy a Windows 7 PC

You have one month left to buy a Windows 7 PC

Two older versions of Windows are approaching their mandatory retirement date in one month. If you want a new PC running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you'll have fewer options beginning on Nov. 1. Here's what the end-of-sales deadline means.

September 30, 2016 by in PCs

A closer look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview

A closer look at the Windows 10 Technical Preview

The first release of Windows 10, officially known as the Windows Technical Preview, is designed primarily to make life easier for mouse-and-keyboard aficionados who were turned off by the touch-oriented Windows 8 interface. Here's what you'll find inside.

October 2, 2014 by in Windows

Microsoft loses MLB but keeps swinging

ZDNet Senior Editor Sam Diaz talks about the recent announcement by Major League Baseball to drop Microsoft’s Silverlight service for Adobe's Flash player. Diaz says it's a setback for Microsoft but he doesn't believe the loss of business will have long lasting effects since the company has also signed deals with NBC and Netflix.

November 21, 2008 in Microsoft

The Future Of... Paper

It's a possible fix for the reams and reams of paper that are printed, used briefly, and then tossed everyday. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das takes us inside the Palo Alto Research Center where scientists are developing a way to print an image that disappears, allowing the paper to be used dozens of times.

November 19, 2008 in Microsoft

Why did Jerry Yang take the CEO role at Yahoo?

At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, John Battelle, chairman of Federated Media Publishing, talks to Jerry Yang about his job as CEO of Yahoo. Yang discusses his decision to take the position, the challenges he's faced since then, and his vision for building a better advertising and content platform.

November 6, 2008 in Microsoft

Google Apps adoption rates up

At the Office 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, Matthew Glotzbach, product management director of Google Enterprise, discusses the user acceleration of its Google Apps software. Glotzbach also shows a chart on how the company's Google Docs word processing product has surpassed Sun’s OpenOffice in the last year and is slowly gaining on Microsoft Office.

September 4, 2008 in Microsoft

Will Chrome need more polish?

The Internet search giant has released its brand new browser. ZDNet correspondent Sumi Das reports on why Google has jumped into the browser fray. Das also explores how the company hopes Chrome will support a faster, more stable, and secure surfing environment while also creating a lucrative venue for richer ads and applications.

September 2, 2008 in Microsoft

The real power of the PC

After selling his company, Brazilian entrepreneur Rodrigo Baggio turned his attention to using technology as a means of economic empowerment for the underprivileged.

August 27, 2008 in Microsoft

Yahoo shareholders express frustration

The fireworks show at Yahoo's annual shareholders meeting wasn't quite as bright as expected. CNET's Kara Tsuboi talked to dissatisfied shareholders after the Friday morning meeting in San Jose, Calif., and got an earful about their frustration with CEO Jerry Yang, Yahoo's stock price, and the general direction of the company.

August 4, 2008 in Microsoft

Gates' tearful good-bye

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates says farewell to company employees at a town hall meeting Friday in Redmond, Wash. Gates is stepping down from full-time work to focus on his philanthropic efforts.

June 27, 2008 in Microsoft

Video: Bill Gates' last day

At CES 2008, Microsoft Chairman and CEO Bill Gates and some of his closest friends debuted a comical look at what life would be like as Bill's last day approaches. Many of entertainment's biggest heavyweights, such as Bono from U2, actor George Clooney, and director Steven Spielberg, got some laughs at Bill's expense.

June 24, 2008 in Microsoft

California's Green Guru Speaks Out

The clean-tech industry of today is in its early stages, about where Microsoft was in 1980, says Terry Tamminen, an adviser at Pegasus Capital Advisors and the former director of California's Environmental Protection Agency. Now a main force behind the state's rise to the top as a climate change policy maker, Tamminen sits down with CNET's Carl-Gustav Linden in Santa Monica, Calif.

April 16, 2008 in Microsoft

Touring Microsoft's science fair

Walking around TechFest 2008, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie talks to's Ina Fried about the latest from Redmond's labs and where the company is placing its bets these days.

March 11, 2008 in Microsoft

Mitch Kapor: Does Microsoft-Yahoo make sense?

Mitch Kapor, president of Kapor Enterprises, shares his views on the cultural challenges facing Microsoft in its $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo. He also discusses Google's involvement in the proposed deal, and how Facebook fits into the technology landscape.

February 5, 2008 in Microsoft

Nokia 6111

Nokia 6111

The Nokia 6111 is an attractive, small phone that boasts plenty of functionality under the hood. Pity the onboard memory wasn't larger, though.

March 29, 2006 by in Microsoft

HP iPAQ rw6800

HP iPAQ rw6800

The BlackBerry for non-corporate users who require extensive multimedia capabilities, in addition to push-e-mail.

March 5, 2006 by in Windows

Nokia N70

Nokia N70

It might be the baby of Nokia's N Series, but it still sports a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth and a 64MB reduced-size MMC.

January 2, 2006 by in Microsoft

O2 Xda Atom

O2 Xda Atom

It has Wi-Fi, a 2-megapixel camera and runs on Windows Mobile 5.0, yet shares the same dimensions as the Xda II Mini. Find out what the hype on the Xda Atom is all about.

November 29, 2005 by in Windows

First Take: Nokia 7380

First Take: Nokia 7380

A keyless dial and built-in mirror aims to please women looking for a discreet phone to slip into their handbags. The tiny 7380 also contains a 2-megapixel camera for taking surreptious snaps while out on the town.

November 20, 2005 by in Microsoft

First Take: Nokia N92

First Take: Nokia N92

Watch TV broadcasts on your mobile with Nokia's N92 3G handset. There's also Wi-Fi, USB 2.0 and Bluetooth for connectivity and an external memory card slot for recording your favourite shows. Nokia Australia is yet to announce local availability. Stay tuned to for more information about Nokia's Nseries.

November 17, 2005 by in Microsoft

Nokia 6230i

Nokia 6230i

Nokia's 6230i is an upgraded version of its classic, unpretentious 6230 with a higher quality screen, 1.3-megapixel camera and Bluetooth.

July 11, 2005 by in Microsoft

O2 Xphone IIm

O2 Xphone IIm

O2's Xphone IIm should appeal to those who want a smarter than average phone, but against serious smartphone opposition it comes a very distinct second.

June 20, 2005 by in Windows

Nokia 3230

Nokia 3230

The 3230 continues Nokia's run of style-plus-substance phones, offering a 1.2-megapixel camera, video editing and a positively lush-looking screen.

May 2, 2005 by in Microsoft

Nokia 9300

Nokia 9300

Nokia's 9300 is no longer a brick, but it's also no longer alone in the smart phone space. It's a good evolution of an existing design that should appeal to existing Communicator users, though.

April 18, 2005 by in Microsoft

Panasonic X700

Panasonic X700

With the choice of Bluetooth, infrared and USB connectivity, you'll have no trouble transfering photos and videos taken with this Symbian-based smart phone to your PC.

March 7, 2005 by in Microsoft

Nokia 3220

Nokia 3220

Nokia's 3220 makes its presence known with flashing LEDs and a case that can 'write' messages in the air.

January 30, 2005 by in Microsoft

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