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Windows 7 dethrones XP for desktop crown

Don't expect Windows 8 to ever beat out Windows 7 for desktop market share because Microsoft's new OS is built more for tablets.


Get PCWorld's '50 Essential Windows 7 Tips' Superguide

Master Windows 7 with these 50 tips, tricks, and secret utilities.


Coming soon to Linux: Nvidia Optimus graphics support

A new version of Nvidia's proprietary graphics driver will let Linux users benefit from its switching technology.

Windows Server 2012 embraces the data center

Microsoft has taken its server OS a giant step forward with Tuesday's release of Windows Server 2012.

OS X Mountain Lion on one-fifth of all Macs

Mountain Lion's increase was sharper than that of its predecessor.


Linux Users Targeted by Password-Stealing 'Wirenet' Trojan

Malware writers are interested in Linux after all.

Time to Give Java the Boot?

Analysis: The programming language has become one of the weakest links in a PC’s and Mac's defenses against external threats, and is slowly -- and rightly -- being abandoned.


Russia Yanks Google From Android Tablets

The government develops an Android-like operating systems that doesn't collect customer data for Google; first for military, it will be offered to consumers as well.


Microsoft Will Allow Downgrades From Windows 8 to Windows 7, Vista

Microsoft will allow users of Windows 8 Pro to downgrade their new PCs to Windows 7 or even Vista, according to the operating system's licensing agreement.

HP Launches Open WebOS into Beta, Pushes Ahead with Hiring

Two builds are now available for developers: one for the desktop, and one for ARM devices.

The New 'Pure GNOME' Ubuntu Linux Is Coming This Fall

Though its name is still up in the air, the new OS is reportedly due in October.

Apple's Mountain Lion Clears 10% Bar: Now Powers 1 in 10 Macs

Apple's OS X Mountain Lion now powers more than 10% of all Macs, and may be on the way to outdoing its predecessor, Lion, in adoption speed, an online advertising network said today.

Windows 8: Hate It Already? Why Waiting for Windows 9 Won't Help

We take a speculative look at the future of Microsoft's operating system.