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.

google meet ui

Google overhauls Meet to thrust participants into the spotlight

Google Meet's user interface is adding features like autozoom, low-light enhancement, and video backgrounds.

apple ipad pro spring21 ipad pro magic keyboard 2up 04202021

Apple iPad Pro vs. Surface Go 2 and Surface Pro 7+: The specs, compared

We compare the specs of the new Apple iPad Pro (2021) versus two of the best Windows tablets: the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ and Surface Go 2.


Report: Microsoft is in talks to buy Discord for over $10 billion

Discord, the gaming chat app, is reportedly in acquisition talks with Microsoft for over $10 billion. The deal would give Microsoft a social network that boosts its PC gaming aspirations.

touchid for the imac

Inexplicably, Apple's new M1 iMac doesn't include face logins

Apple once again introduced a line of new devices—iMacs and iPads—without Face ID, its version of Windows Hello.

brain scan break vs no break crop Microsoft

New Outlook setting cuts video meetings short to reduce stress

Microsoft researchers have proven that back-to-back meetings without a break can increase stress, so it's building breaks into Outlook.

surface laptop 4 side smaller

What are the new Surface Edition chips in the Surface Laptop 4?

Microsoft has published the specifications of both the semi-custom Ryzen 5 4680U Surface Edition, and the Ryzen 7 4980U Surface Edition chips found in the Surface Laptop 4.

Microsoft edge kids mode enlarged

Microsoft launches Kids Mode for Edge: Here's how to use it

The new Microsoft Edge Kids Mode provides a whitelisted web for your kids to browse, complete with some fun, custom themes.

snapdragon 8cx on wafer

Chip shortages will continue until 2023, superfoundry TSMC says

TSMC makes the chips that Nvidia, Qualcomm, Apple, and others design. And it has bad news: The chip shortage will continue for another couple of years.

Microsoft surface laptop family

Surface Laptop 4: Should you buy the AMD or Intel version?

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 is available with either an Intel 11th-gen Tiger Lake Core or an AMD Ryzen Surface Edition chip inside. Which should you buy? Microsoft has some fairly specific advice.

surface laptop 4 family too big

Why doesn't the Surface Laptop 4 have the latest Ryzen processors?

Microsoft said that it's continuing to develop Surface Edition processors for its Surface Laptop 4, and that being a generation behind is justified by the improvements the chips add versus the current AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile.

Microsoft surface laptop 4 resized

Microsoft didn't lie: The Surface Laptop 4 really is twice as fast

We put the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4 and its Ryzen 7 4980U Surface Edition chip through a battery of early tests. How fast is it? Is it worth your money? Check out our benchmarks and decide.

microsoft modern webcam cropped 2

Microsoft's Modern peripherals include a 1080p webcam, headsets and a speaker

Microsoft's Modern lineup of PC peripherals include a webcam, two headsets, the Surface Headphones 2+, and a USB-C speaker.

Microsoft surface laptop 4 13.5-inch 15-inch

Microsoft launches Surface Laptop 4 with huge performance, battery life claims

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4 promises performance and battery life improvements over a range of Intel Core and AMD Ryzen Surface Edition chips.

thunderbolt 4 cable

Should you buy a Thunderbolt display? Pros, cons, and what to buy

The Thunderbolt port is appearing more and more on laptops, docks, and displays. But should you buy a Thunderbolt display? We'll go over the pros and cons.

A conceptual representation of accessing username and password credentials.

How to pick the perfect password

What's the best password? We'll show you the rules and strategies we'd recommend to pick a safe, strong password that will keep your data secure.