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 cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change

Microsoft and its Surface lineup unexpectedly cracked the top five U.S. PC vendors. But what impact will Intel's CPU shortages bring?

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update rereleased to Insiders, data loss blamed on misdirected folders

Microsoft has restarted the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to Windows Insiders, ascribing the reports of data loss to folders that had been misdirected between a user's PC and another drive.

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Microsoft has added $20 to the price of Windows 10 Home, but there are sales elsewhere

Microsoft has quietly raised the price of Windows 10 Home by $20, from $119 to $139, on its own site. Fortunately, there are cheaper (and reputable) options available elsewhere.

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The best day-to-day improvements you'll find in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update offers new ways to secure your PC from ransomware, Bluetooth battery gauges, and automatic Storage Sense cloud cleanup, to name a few handy improvements.

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Intel debuts 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists

Intel unveiled its 9th-gen Core family on Monday morning, with a twist: Intel's Hyper-Threading features are now generally reserved for the new Core X-series parts.

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The $999 Surface Laptop 2 is available, but good luck finding it

Microsoft said the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 would be priced starting at $899 and $999. That's true, but finding those lowest prices gets confusing very quickly.

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Microsoft warns that overstuffed hard drives could stall the Windows 10 October 2018 update

Microsoft recommends that you take a few minutes to prep your PC for the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, as Windows Update won't run correctly if your PC's hard drive is too full.

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Hands-on with Microsoft's Surface Headphones: Tune out the outside world to focus

Naturally, you can talk to Cortana via the noise-cancelling Surface Headphones. And what she tells you is for your ears alone.

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Hands on with the Microsoft Surface Studio 2: Still the PC you desire but can't afford

We go hands-on with the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 all-in-one PC, the most powerful Surface Microsoft has ever made.

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Hands on with the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2: Still a great laptop, now without Windows 10 S

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 2 has changed little, but Microsoft added an 8th-gen Core chip while subtracting Windows 10 S.

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Hands on with Microsoft's Surface Pro 6: The new tablet is easy to use, confusing to buy

Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 tablet boasts a new 8th-generation Core chip inside it, as well as a new color option: black. If only the buying process weren't so confusing.

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Microsoft launches next-gen Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and more

Microsoft announced a round of upgrades to its Surface hardware on Tuesday, with a new Surface Pro 6 tablet, the Surface Laptop 2, the Surface Studio 2, and a surprise: Surface headphones.

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A dream team of Intel engineers helped create HP's tiny Spectre Folio motherboard

Intel's Innovation Excellence Program marries the best Intel engineers together with the best customer engineers to create innovative products. Here's how it worked with the HP Spectre Folio.

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Lenovo ThinkPad L480 review: This basic business notebook falls a little short

Lenovo's ThinkPad L480 has the great keyboard and quality build of this classic business brand, but its lower price includes compromises in display quality and performance.

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Intel supply woes could lead to pricier PCs, or a stampede to AMD's Ryzen

Intel said it has run into problems supplying 14nm Core chips to customers because of its tranisiton to 10nm manufacturing. The shortages could lead to higher PC prices.