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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Microsoft's wins, fails, and WTF moments of 2020

We've collected all of the best (and worst) moments of Microsoft during 2020, along with the "wha...?!" moments that made us scratch our head.

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Best laptop PC deals for holiday 2020

Here's our curated list of the best holiday discounts and deals on laptops, organized by retailer.

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Intel debuts 'Clover Falls' companion chip for better laptop AI

Intel launches 'Clover Falls,' a companion chip that will help commercial laptops sense and adapt to their surroundings and strengthen Intel's 'Evo' PC platform message.

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Microsoft Edge can now auto-generate passwords, but only via your phone

Microsoft unveils a preview version of its Authenticator app for iOS and Android, which then generates the passwords that can be synced with Edge.


Google buys Neverware to turn old PCs into Chromebooks

Google has bought Neverware, and will make its CloudReady technology to add ChromeOS to older PC hardware part of ChromeOS in the future.

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Is a holiday PowerPoint party the worst or the best idea for 2020?

Is an online PowerPoint presentation shared with family and friends the hottest social outlet of 2020? Should it be? We explore the pros and cons of PowerPoint parties in 2020.

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Xbox Game Pass for PC gets even better in 2021 with tons of free EA games

Microsoft will add EA's FIFA, Madden, UFC, and NHL titles to Xbox Game Pass for PC, in addition to the over 200 games already available. Unfortunately, the launch has been delayed.

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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.