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16 Cortana shortcuts, secrets, and power tips

16 Cortana shortcuts, secrets, and power tips

The Cortana web service is tightly tied to Windows 10, which means you can get instant answers to some common questions and calculations without having to open a web browser. Here are 16 tricks that work directly in the Windows 10 search box.

April 14, 2018 by

In Memoriam: All the consumer products Microsoft has killed off

In Memoriam: All the consumer products Microsoft has killed off

In the early days of the PC revolution, Microsoft aggressively pursued the consumer market with products and services built for fun and games. In recent years, with the notable exception of Xbox and related gaming products, Microsoft has been killing off those products. Here's a look at the departed.

April 9, 2018 by

Ed Bott's 10 most popular Windows 10 tips

Ed Bott's 10 most popular Windows 10 tips

How well do you know the ins and outs of Microsoft's flagship operating system? Every week, Windows expert Ed Bott delivers a new trick or shortcut. We've collected his most popular tips.

December 15, 2016 by

Build a $400 Windows 10 PC

Build a $400 Windows 10 PC

Looking to build a cheap Windows 10 PC? Here are the components you need to build a system that comes in at $400, including Windows 10! As always, shop around for the best deal on components, and remember that component prices change regularly. (Updated November 2016)

November 10, 2016 by

Build a Windows 10 PC for $400

Build a Windows 10 PC for $400

Looking to build a cheap Windows 10 PC? Here are the components you need to build a system that comes in at $400, including Windows 10! As always, shop around for the best deal on components, and remember that component prices change regularly.

April 26, 2016 by

Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook review

Dell XPS 12 convertible Ultrabook review

The swivel-screen XPS 12 offers clever design, solid build quality and a high-quality (if reflective) screen. Battery life is not great, though, and this system is severely lacking in connectivity — even by ultrabook standards.

March 5, 2013 by

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Microsoft Surface Pro review

The Core i5-based Surface Pro combines ultrabook components with a (chunky) 10.6in. tablet form factor to deliver decent performance and excellent build quality. However, a few design issues, missing features and, above all, disappointing battery life suggest you'd be wise to wait and see how this product develops.

February 12, 2013 by

Lenovo ThinkPad S230u Twist review

Lenovo ThinkPad S230u Twist review

An ultrabook that can convert to a tablet when the occasion demands, the ThinkPad Twist has a lot going for it. The build quality is very good, and there are enough business-friendly features to make it acceptable as a BYOD system. Battery life may be an issue though.

December 14, 2012 by

Microsoft Surface review

Microsoft Surface review

Microsoft's ARM-based tablet has plenty of good points, but there are enough downsides to make caution advisable. The hardware platform and the Windows RT ecosystem will undoubtedly improve, so we'd suggest giving version 1.0 a miss unless you're an avid early adopter.

November 6, 2012

Windows Server 2012: RTM review

Windows Server 2012: RTM review

Microsoft is looking ahead to a future of private and public clouds, where information is everything, and users can access it however they want. Is Microsoft's latest server OS up to the job?

September 13, 2012 by

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

Toshiba Tecra R10

Toshiba Tecra R10

Despite its strong performance, the tacky design and inflated price leaves the Toshiba Tecra R10 behind the competition.

February 12, 2009 by

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

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

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

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

HP iPAQ rw6800

HP iPAQ rw6800

The BlackBerry for non-corporate users who require extensive multimedia capabilities, in addition to push-e-mail. (It's also a phone, portable audio/video player, camera, organiser, navigator and note-taking device.)

March 5, 2006

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