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Microsoft's most monumental hits, misses, and moments of 2013

Windows 8.1 and Xbox arrived. Ballmer's leaving, but he bought part of Nokia first. Just another year in the life of a company struggling to stay relevant.

Ceton InfiniTV 6 review: A six-tuner dynamo for Microsoft’s dying media center

Tired of renting your cable company's lousy DVR? Buy this box, and you can record six channels at once—and watch those recordings on any PC in your house.

Touch Cover vs. Type Cover: Empirical test data doesn't lie!

If you’re going to throw down some cash for Microsoft’s new Surface RT tablet, you absolutely must get either the Touch Cover or Type Cover along with it. But which keyboard offers a better compromise between thinness and performance?

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Windows 8: The official review

The new operating system improves substantially on Windows 7, but Microsoft’s efforts to woo mobile-device users may leave traditional desktop PC owners feeling abandoned.

Review: Surface RT, Microsoft's bid for a 'thing' of its own

Surface RT aims to be the 'next big thing,' solving the puzzle of tablet-based productivity.

Compare and synchronize PC files easily with FreeFileSync

With just a click, this handy app goes to work and it's basic, simple, and gets the job done.

Lenovo ThinkCentre M92P Review: Small System, Small Price

The Lenovo ThinkCentre M92P Tiny comes in a tiny package and sips energy with great restraint, but suffers from an unresolved identity crisis.

SpeedUpMyPC Does What It Says...But Is The Price Right?

SpeedUpMyPC is a system tweaker and optimizer that actually works in most regards.

Super Win Menu Puts All Your Programs in One Place

Handy, if pricey, Super Win Menu eliminates all that tunneling through submenus required by the Windows Start Menu.

Windows 8 vs. Mountain Lion: Which OS Succeeds at Bringing Mobile to the Desktop?

Apple and Microsoft are both trying to bring mobile features to their new desktop operating systems, but their approaches differ greatly.

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Put Some Funky Flowers on Your Desktop With Psychedelic Spring

This free Windows 7 theme puts flower power on your desktop, just in time for spring.

Display Your Love for Nature With Free Nature Conservancy Theme

Enjoy lovely nature imagery from participants in the Nature Conservancy's 2011 photo contest.

Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Initial Impressions

We kick the tires on the first widespread release of Windows 8 for the general public. Is it worth your time?

Valentines for Your Sweetheart Window 7 Theme

Say "Happy Valentine's Day" to your sweetie with this free Windows 7 theme pack.

Gee's Bend Quilts: American Art on Your Desktop

This beautiful Windows 7 theme features richly colored artworks from the artists of the Gee's Bend Quilters Collective.