Windows 10 arrives on July 29

After revealing Windows 10 eight months ago, Microsoft has finally announced a release date for the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8.1: July 29, just eight weeks from now. This is a little earlier than expected, and there are a few strings attached. First, this date is for the upgrade only. Microsoft has not announced availability of the retail version of Windows 10 or of a standalone download. So, if you prefer to start fresh with a clean installation... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10

9 self-promotion apps

Whether you're a recent college graduate, you're looking for a career upgrade, or you want to diversify your work portfolio, you need more than a resume and a LinkedIn account. To connect to the right company and the right job, you need to let prospective employers see who you are and what you can do. Showcase your talents and engage in some shameless self-promotion with these nine apps.

YouNow (iOS, Android)

With YouNow, live-broadcast yourself to... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

Google I/O 2015 keynote recap

Google grew from a search engine to the dominant gateway to the Internet through focus on high-quality engineering, field testing, and a streamlined visual design. On Thursday the company kicked off Google I/O, its annual developers conference in San Francisco, to announce what's coming this year.

The star of the keynote was Android M, the next version of Google's mobile operating system. The company also launched a new Google Photos app, and it's working on Android Pay,... Read More »

Topics: Android Software

9 malware defenders

Keeping your computer clean and secure requires more than removing viruses. Many pieces of malicious code are designed to circumvent antivirus protection. These applications can range from minor annoyances like potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) to advertisements (adware) to outright malicious software (malware and spyware) that can cripple your day-to-day usage. We tested some of the latest and greatest antimalware kits that can help you before your PC is compromised. These Windows apps will work in conjunction with your... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Security And Spyware

First Look: Office 2016 Preview for Mac

Want to try Office 2016 Preview for Mac? Microsoft's offering free access for everyone, no account required, though you must be running OS X 10.10 Yosemite. If you already have Office for Mac 2011 , you can run the preview alongside it. Office for Mac Preview comes with freshly rebuilt Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, alongside the full Outlook and OneNote versions released last year. Each build is available for 60 days, and updates will keep coming automatically until... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software , Mac Software

7 puzzle games for casual play

Puzzle games are at that sweet intersection of simple and compelling -- they're easy to pick up and put down...and pick up again. That's why they're perfect for lazy summer days, work breaks, and commute time (as long as you're not the driver). Here are seven of our favorite mobile puzzle games.

Home: Boov Pop (iOS, Android)

Home: Boov Pop, based on recent DreamWorks movie "Home," has you bopping off on an effervescent... Read More »

Topics: Android Software , iOS Software

First look: Microsoft Office 2016

This week Microsoft released a public preview of its upcoming productivity suite, Office 2016. You can download and try Office 2016 Preview for 180 days, as long as you're running Windows 7, 8.1, or 10, or Mac OS X. However, the Windows Office preview can't run alongside a current version of Office unless you set up a virtual machine. Read on for our sneak peek at what you can expect in Office 2016, before its expected final release... Read More »

Topics: microsoft_office , Windows Software

How to run Windows 10 on a virtual machine

If you want to play with Windows 10 or Office 2016 but aren't ready to abandon Windows 7 or 8 or Office 2013 just yet, there's an easy solution: a virtual machine. Broadly speaking, a virtual machine (VM) is a sandbox that tricks one operating system into running inside another. If you want a guided tour, check out our review of Windows 10.

Setup requires a more-than-entry-level PC, since you'll be running two resource-hungry OSes at once. But a... Read More »

Topics: windows , Windows Software

Tags: Guides , Windows 10 , Windows , Windows software

6 VPNs for more secure Internet connections

A VPN (virtual private network) can let you surf privately on an untrusted network, access blocked websites from work or school, view geo-restricted content, or cloak yourself from the prying eyes of advertisers. Here are six of our favorite VPN services.

Hotspot Shield VPN (Windows, Mac, Android, iOS)

Nervous about your privacy while surfing the Net? Hotspot Shield VPN shields your online activity with banking-level encryption, no matter which network... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Microsoft Build: seeking to build a unified Windows

Microsoft's annual Build conference in San Francisco has, in recent years, become the place for product announcements, but there have been few surprises -- until now. Today's three-and-half-hour keynote had a long, geeky start, discussing cloud computing and databases, seemingly leaving few crumbs for those eager for news about Windows 10, Office 2016, and the Project Spartan Web browser. Then Terry Myerson, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Operating Systems, came onstage. Sharp readers may... Read More »

Topics: Windows Software

Tags: Windows 10 , Windows , browser , Office