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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PC market grows again in Q3, as Windows 7 nears end of life

The worldwide PC market grew during the third quarter, according to IDC and Gartner. The most common reason was the impending end of life for Windows 7.

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Microsoft rolls out Your Phone's Calls feature: You can use your PC to make calls using your phone

Microsoft is making its Calls feature for Your Phone live to its Windows 10 Insider program, with a far, far larger number of supported phones than previous iterations. You can now leave your phone in your pocket.

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Windows, Xbox now allow parents to set per-game screen time limits for kids

Microsoft has made its Windows and Xbox family settings more granular, allowing parents to place more defined limits on their kids' online activity and screen time.

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Opera 64 kills trackers for more speed, creates memes for more laughs

Opera's latest Opera 64 desktop browser now blocks trackers, increasing performance by 20 percent. Its Snapshot tool becomes more meme-friendly, too.

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Intel shows off the 'Element,' another modular CPU design for servers or workstations

This summer, Intel showed off the NUC Compute Element for laptops. It's now launched a Xeon-based "Element" that could be used for servers or possibly desktops.

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Intel slashes prices of 9th-gen desktop 'F' chips without integrated graphics by up to 20 percent

Intel decides to make the prices of its GPU-less "F" chips more "rational," and introduces a cheap Xeon microprocessor alongside it, too.

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Microsoft will bring its powerful cloud dictation and transcription services to Word in 2020

Microsoft's potent cloud-powered dictation and transcription services are coming to Microsoft Word in 2020.

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Why the Surface Neo's keyboard was the best thing at Microsoft's hardware showcase

The dual-display Surface Neo blew people away when Microsoft introduced it at its Surface launch. But its humble keyboard shows again that Microsoft gets the many different ways in which people work.

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Ears on with Microsoft's Surface Earbuds: Tapping the cloud for transcription and more

Microsoft's Surface Earbuds provide superior audio, transcribe your speech, and even, yes, talk to Cortana.

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Hands on with the Microsoft Surface Pro 7: Ice Lake looks promising

Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 looks like more of the same, with one exception: a two-generation jump in processor performance.

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Hands on with the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: Gorgeous reworking, inside and out

Microsoft's Surface Laptop 3s feature a new 15-inch option with an AMD chip, as well as the 13-inch version. They're gorgeous and surprisingly light, and they promise sizzling performance.

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Hands on with Microsoft Surface Pro X, a bold new direction for Surface

The Surface Pro X reimagines the 2-in-1 form factor with a streamlined design that adds USB-C but subtracts the headphone jack. A custom Qualcomm chip promises connectivity and all-day battery life.

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Intel launches powerful Core-X series processors at drastically lower prices

Intel's next-gen “Cascade-X” chips will go on sale in November, touted as the ultimate creator’s platform for freelancers and enthusiasts.

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Microsoft Surface wins would be a big deal for AMD, Qualcomm

If Microsoft taps both the AMD mobile Ryzen and a Qualcomm 8cx for its Surface lineup, it will go a long way toward establishing both as viable Intel competitors.

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Leaks reveal Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface on ARM images before Microsoft event

Images discovered and published by Evan Blass reveal what the Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface with ARM look like, ahead of the Microsoft launch.