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Maybe Microsoft Isn’t Ignoring Musicians After All

While visual artists are the target for Microsoft’s new Surface hardware and Windows “Creators Update,” musicians are still in the picture.<p>As a lifelong musician, at first I felt slighted by Microsoft’s newfound emphasis on creativity.<p>The upcoming Surface Studio desktop is a clear nod to visual …

Windows 10's Defender Hub app shows up on the Windows Store

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 app on the Windows Store. The company’s latest app, Windows Defender Hub, is a simple app that provides the …

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The Apple MacBook Pro Versus The Microsoft Surface Book

Late last month, Microsoft fired a shot across Apple's bow. With the Surface Studio and Dial and an updated Surface Book, Microsoft made clear its …

Bundled Mobile Apps are a Bright Spot for Windows 10

While one could argue that the Universal Windows Platform is off to a slow start, the quality of the apps that Microsoft bundles with Windows 10, and …

The Brenthaven Collins Vertical Messenger Bag for Surface Book is outstanding

When it comes to carrying your Surface Pro or Surface Book, there are many choices depending on your needs. For long trips or where you need to take …

I tried Microsoft's new $3,000 Surface Studio PC and it was awesome

But I was able to get some time with the Surface Studio at a Microsoft event earlier this week. And it was awesome.<p>If you missed it, the Surface Studio's whole schtick is that it's a desktop touchscreen PC that, wowie-zowie, folds down to a twenty-degree angle to become a 28-inch mega-tablet, …

Microsoft's Surface Book beats the new MacBook Pro — here's why

Microsoft and Apple, the PC market's two long-running rivals, are going head to head this Fall with a pair of impressive new laptops targeted at power-hungry pro users.<p>Microsoft's Surface Book, which launched last year, got a big power boost this year. Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro got its first major …

Cool HP smartphone turns into a Windows 10 desktop

The HP Elite x3 is an ambitious attempt to turn a smartphone into a desktop PC. Does it work?<p>I’ve been using the HP Elite x3 smartphone on and off for the last month or so. Here’s the short version of the review: the phone is a rock-solid, gorgeous design that’s fast and topped with a giant 6-inch …

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