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Is the post-PC PC a Mac?

Is the post-PC PC a Mac?

PC sales are declining - despite the end-of-XP support bump - while Mac sales were up 18 percent in Q2 and 21 percent in Q3 of 2014. Why isn't the Mac declining along with Windows PCs?

published November 10, 2014 by

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It really is a new Microsoft

It really is a new Microsoft

Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, faced plenty of skepticism when he took the job earlier this year. But even skeptics have to admit that things have changed in Redmond. Here are four things the old Microsoft would never have done.

published November 7, 2014 by

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Surface Pro 3: Why my clamshell laptop is history

Surface Pro 3: Why my clamshell laptop is history

Can the Surface Pro 3 really replace your laptop? In my case, the answer is yes. For the first time in 20 years, I no longer own a conventional clamshell laptop. Here's my long-term review, based on more than four months of daily use.

published October 28, 2014 by

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Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers

Windows 10: You've got questions, I've got answers

[Updated] There's more to Windows 10 than just the revamped Start menu. I've been keeping this FAQ up to date with each new build. Why is it called Windows 10? Does it really contain a keylogger? What happened to Internet Explorer and OneDrive? And where are the updates?

published October 22, 2014 by

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Lenovo's lineup of Windows 8 convertibles

Lenovo's lineup of Windows 8 convertibles

Lenovo has announced a lineup of Windows 8 hybrids designed to work as both laptops and tablets. Rather than choosing one convertible design, the company will offer several models including two versions of the flexible Yoga.

published October 10, 2012 by

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Microsoft unveils Windows Phone

Microsoft's Robbie Bach gives details on a new platform called Windows Phone that features a mobile app store. The company also unveiled updates to Zune HD and Xbox 360, including the ability to stream HD video to Microsoft's gaming console.

published October 7, 2009 by

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Windows 7, a better power saver?

At Microsoft's Silicon Valley Campus, ZDNet's Sumi Das talks to Microsoft's chief environmental strategist, Rob Bernard, about power-saving features in the new Windows 7 operating system. Bernard says Microsoft made energy efficiency a core design element, with better battery optimization, and Bluetooth and DVD features that won't be activated until necessary.

published October 5, 2009 by

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Windows 7 demo: Windows XP Mode

Is an incompatible program or device standing between you and a Windows 7 upgrade? If you’re willing to pay for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition, you might be able to use a clever solution to fool that old code into running in the new OS. Windows XP Mode lets you run Windows XP applications in a virtual machine right on the Windows 7 desktop. ZDNet's Ed Bott provides a close-up look at how XP Mode works.

published September 28, 2009 by

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Windows 7 demo: Search tools

A terabyte here, a terabyte there, and pretty soon you're talking about some pretty serious information overload. It doesn't matter how well organized you are, once your collection of data files and other digital stuff gets big enough, you're going to need some help finding things. ZDNet's Ed Bott takes a closer look at the search tools in Windows 7 and shows you how you can use them to make your digital life a little more organized.

published September 28, 2009 by

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Windows 7 demo: Taskbar features

Sociologists say that multitasking has shortened our attention spans and made us more easily distracted than ever. Apparently it's a losing battle. With 4GB or more of memory in the standard Windows PC these days, it's possible to open dozens of windows at once. The challenge for Windows users is how to keep track of all those windows without losing focus. ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you how some new features in Windows 7 can help you multitask more effectively.

published September 28, 2009 by

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Windows 7 demo: Window management

Moving, resizing, and arranging windows on the screen has been one of those things we've done since the earliest days of Microsoft Windows. If you've used Windows since, oh, 1995 or so, you know the maximize, minimize, and restore buttons like the back of your hand. But those old-school tools just don't cut it with today's big monitors and high-definition resolutions. ZDNet's Ed Bott shows you a cool new set of gestures and shortcuts to help you move, resize, and arrange windows more intelligently.

published September 28, 2009 by

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Windows 7: A worthwhile upgrade?

Will Microsoft's Windows 7 succeed where Vista failed? The new operating system offers a new graphical user interface, more reliable power management tools, and better search, but it still might not offer enough to convince PC users to buy it. ZDNet Correspondent Sumi Das talks to Larry Dignan, editor in chief of ZDNet, and Ed Bott, ZDNet's Microsoft Report blogger, about Windows 7's pros and cons.

published September 28, 2009 by

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Windows 7 gadgets on display at IDF

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel CEO Paul Otellini shows off some new consumer devices optimized to run Intel processors and various versions of Windows 7. He also looks at the company's next-generation microprocessor, Sandy Bridge, running on Windows 7.

published September 22, 2009 by

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