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Microsoft Windows 8, the industry shaker | CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: Windows 8 embraces the future wholeheartedly. Log-in and boot times are fast, the apps look gorgeous, and the Sync feature brings seamless transitions between devices.
The bad: There's a lot to pick up quickly, and in-app navigation isn't obvious. There are just too many known unknowns here.
The cost: $49.99 to $199.99
The bottom line: Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement about the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.

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