Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

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Tested: How badly Windows on Arm compares to the new Mac M1s

We tested how Windows on Arm (Surface Pro X with SQ1 Arm chip) compares to Apple's M1 chip (MacBook Air). The results look bad for Windows on Arm.

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AMD mobile Ryzen 5000: Rumors say Zen 2 and Zen 3 will be mixed

Rumore are circulating about AMD's mobile Ryzen 5000, including the possibility that Zen 2 and Zen 3 chips could be part of the same family.

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Microsoft publishes its long-awaited 64-bit emulator for Windows on Arm

Microsoft released a Windows Insider preview that allows Windows on Arm laptops like thenSurface Pro X to run the popular 64-bit X86 apps that all modern PCs can.

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Microsoft's Pause Screen Time feature cuts your kids' access to Xbox and Windows

Microsoft has added a "Pause Screen Time" feature to its Xbox Family Settings app for smartphones, instantly cutting off kids' access to their games when you need their attention.

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Microsoft Teams' breakout rooms finally arrive, along with a virtual snow fort

Microsoft finally ships its breakout rooms feature for Microsoft Teams, along with a few holiday themes for its Together Mode videoconferencing feature.

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Microsoft: Xbox cloud gaming will finally arrive on Windows this spring

Microsoft said Tuesday that Xbox cloud gaming will arrive on Windows PCs in spring 2021, creating a relief valve for gamers who can't find next-gen GPUs.

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Intel sounds the death knell for its 9th-gen Core chips

Intel has issued an end-of-life notice for the Coffee Lake Refresh generation, also known as its 9th-gen Core chips.

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Microsoft is testing a Cortana 'File Skill' to find files faster in Windows 10

Microsoft is testing a "File Skill" in the Cortana app in Windows 10 Insider build 20270. It's designed to find more of the files you're looking for, in the cloud or on your PC.

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Inside the Snapdragon 888: The features you'll find in 2021's premium phones

Qualcomm has released detailed information about the Snapdragon 888 mobile processor, including the features you'll find in premium Android smartphones beginning in 2021.

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Notebook PC sales balloon, with 26-percent growth expected in Q4

IDC reports that notebook PC sales are expected to grow an incredible 26 percent in the 4th quarter of 2020, as the spike in demand due to the pandemic combines with the usual holiday surge.

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Microsoft tweaks its Productivity Score, removing employee names to preserve privacy

When users saw a Microsoft tool marked "Productivity Score" that was tied to their names, they freaked out. So Microsoft made changes.

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Where is the Qualcomm Snapdragon that will challenge Apple's M1 Macs?

Qualcomm could have announced its plans to take on Apple's M1 with an upcoming Snapdragon Compute chip for Windows on Arm. Instead, the topic was barely mentioned at the company's Snapdragon Technology Summit.

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Qualcomm unveils the Snapdragon 888 5G, its next smartphone processor

Qualcomm kicked off its Snapdragon Tech Summit by announcing the Snapdragon 888 5G, a smartphone processor with significantly improved graphics and AI capabilities.

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The Windows Feature Experience Pack is a curated collection for beta testers

Microsoft has introduced the Windows Feature Experience Pack to test ideas separately from the Windows 10 build releases. You have to sign up as an Insider to get it.

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The best Thunderbolt docks you can buy for your laptop PC

We've tested a bunch of Thunderbolt docks—from budget-priced to full-featured—to help you find the right one for your laptop PC. Our buyer's guide will tell you what to look for.