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Windows 8.1 Update deep-dive review: An OS that makes more sense

In Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft may be finally getting it right: The latest version of its operating system finally bridges the gap between touch and traditional computing.

How to Support Windows XP Now That Microsoft Isn't

Official Microsoft support for Windows XP ends tomorrow. However, as many as 20 percent of business endpoints still use the popular operating system. If your company ranks among those still using XP, here's how you can protect your machines from the forthcoming onslaught of security vulnerabilities.

4 reasons Microsoft is a new company

There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft.

Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Security Manager's Journal: A rush to XP's end of life

The end of Microsoft support is fast approaching, and the company still has a lot of machines running the old Windows operating system.

3 Free Alternatives to Windows for Desktop PCs

It's an increasingly mobile world -- and the mobile future of Windows is dubious. To better accommodate end users, CIOs would be wise to consider these three alternatives to Windows on the desktop -- Chrome, Android and Ubuntu.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who needs operating systems anymore? Not you.

OSs will still matter to developers and engineers, but ordinary users are going to be more and more in the cloud, where their OS doesn't matter at all.

How to set up a Linux system on AWS, the Amazon cloud

In this step-by-step guide, Mark Sobell shows how to start a Linux instance on Amazon Web Services' EC2.

Asus Chromebox review: A simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive desktop

The second desktop system to use Google's Chrome OS, the Asus Chromebox is a simple, inexpensive and unobtrusive alternative to traditional desktops.

Review + videos: 3 convertible Windows laptops try to be all devices to all people

We look at three Windows 8.1 convertibles that can transform into laptops, tablets or presentation devices, and try to discover how useful they really are.

A clear-eyed guide to Mac OS X's actual security risks

Apple has improved its security in recent years, but is it enough?

Hands on: Apple's Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever

One thing is certain: You won't mistake Apple's powerful new Mac Pro for any other desktop computer. And it has the computing chops to match its high-style look.

Windows 8: Learn to love it

If you're having a rough time with your Windows 8 computer, several options are available to smooth out the bumps

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!

More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch: A lightweight contender

We test Lenovo's latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon Touch ultrabook, which is sleek and powerful, offers an impressive display and comes with an interesting keyboard innovation.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: You can keep using XP for another year, but do you really want to?

While clinging to the 11-year-old OS after Microsoft issues its last security patch in April is defensible, the security risks are going to keep mounting.

Jonny Evans: Microsoft, the wallflower

The choice of Satya Nadella as CEO suggests that the consumer-market party is over for the company, as it turns its attention to the unglamorous world of infrastructure.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro

Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.

Power to the portable: 3 high-performance mobile workstations

When you're running a large-scale simulation or editing a professional video, you need more computing power than most laptops can give. In this roundup, we review three high-powered Windows mobile workstations.

An open letter to Microsoft's next CEO: 12 wishes from the Windows faithful

We billion-plus customers would like the next head honcho in Redmond to address these dozen action items