As a firm favorite of our reviewers, the Dell XPS 13 has its own place in our heart (in its various guises), but that’s not to say there isn’t some competition for it out there. The newest fighter to enter the arena is the Google Pixelbook, which is the thinnest Chromebook Google’s ever released. It’s super-portable, pretty powerful, and has a decent price tag. But when you pit it against the Dell XPS 13, who’s going to come out on top?In this comparison, we’ll take a look at everything from the internal hardware, to the advanced feature sets and pricing of both brands of laptop, to see which one is the best. Google PixelbookDell XPS 13Dimensions11.4 x 8.7 x 0.4 (in)11.98 × 7.88 × 0.60 (in)Weight2.4 pounds2.7 pounds non-touch display; 2.9 pounds touch displayProcessor7th-generation Intel Core i5 or i77th-generation Intel Core i3 or i5, or 8th generation Intel Core i7RAM8GB or 16GB4, 8 or 16GB RAMDisplay12.3-inch LCD IPS display13.3-inch … [Read more...] about Google Pixelbook vs Dell XPS 13: Can this Chromebook take on the laptop champ?
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Choosing between operating systems isn’t a new problem – it’s been around for a few decades. But the latest incarnations of both software and hardware offer some new options to consumers at all price and experience levels. If you already know what you want (we see you preparing your nine-point presentation on why your OS is the best, put it down), this guide is not for you. But if you want an exhaustive guide to the pros and cons of Windows, MacOS, and Chrome OS, then read on.Buying a laptop: Everything you need to know, and maybe a little you don’tWindows and Mac have been in active development for decades, and if you’re looking for a computer for work, odds are that you’re going to go for one or the other. Chrome OS, a Linux-based system developed by Google, is more of an anomaly. It’s based on Google’s Chrome browser, with much of the same interface and a web-focused design. It isn’t for the typical user, but Google has been … [Read more...] about Desktop OS showdown: Windows 10 vs. macOS vs. Chrome OS
Oh boy. Critics, developers, and customers who oppose Windows 10 and Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform initiative are likely now gathering their pitchforks and torches, as a recent leak seemingly confirms that Windows 10 Cloud does indeed exist. Even more, the unannounced operating system is locked to the Windows Store, preventing users from installing traditional (Win32) desktop programs.An early version of Windows 10 Cloud is now available as an ISO file via Twitter user @adguard. Those wanting to see what the fuss is all about should not install this platform on a machine, but create a bootable USB drive or run the ISO file through a virtual machine. The downloadable file resides on a cloud server located in Russia.The idea behind Windows 10 Cloud is to provide a lightweight, optimized version of Windows 10 for notebooks to compete directly with Google’s Chrome OS platform installed on Chromebooks. Following Google’s lead, Windows 10 Cloud will not allow … [Read more...] about An early build of Windows 10 Cloud has leaked, proving the new OS is no myth
Windows 10 crossed the 25 percent market share threshold in January and at last count, more than 400 million users had migrated to Microsoft latest OS. While those are impressive numbers given that Windows 10 has only been available for about 18 months, that leaves quite a few stragglers who haven’t yet made the move.Many reasons exist to upgrade to Windows 10, and for Windows XP and Vista users — which according to some data represent a bit more than 10 percent of all PC users — perhaps the biggest reason is for the night-and-day differences in support and security that Windows 10 provides. Google just offered another reason update to Windows, specifically that Gmail will reduce support for Windows XP and Vista, as Google announced on the G Suite blog.While those users will still be able to access their Gmail messages, they will be doing so with the much less robust HTML version as early as December. The Windows version is actually a secondary cause of the reduction … [Read more...] about Upgrade to Windows 10 to hang on to the latest and greatest version of Gmail
When it comes to privacy, both Google’s Chrome OS and Microsoft’s Windows 10 take an “opt-out” stance.By default, both platforms collect a variety of data about your usage, but the way they go about it is often different. While Microsoft presents users with a long list of privacy-related toggles, Google’s controls are less granular. Both companies, however, make you jump through additional hoops to disable the kind of personalized ads that help them turn a profit.PCWorld recently broke down all the ways Microsoft grabs at your data in Windows 10, so it’s only fair we compare that to Google’s computing platform. Here’s how Chrome OS and Windows 10 measure up on privacy and data collection.During setup, Google isn’t overly interested in presenting lots of privacy options. Aside from a single toggle for usage and crash data collection, Chrome OS only lets you adjust privacy settings after the initial setup. And as you might expect … [Read more...] about How to control your privacy in Chromebooks vs. Windows 10
They're back! Just when you thought the "browser wars" were over, with the two camps – Microsoft and Mozilla.org – settling in for a kind of intransigent détente, along comes Google to stir things up all over again. Clearly, Google is unhappy with the current state of browser geopolitics and feels it needs to roll its own in order to ensure a robust base for its myriad hosted applications (that is, Gmail, Google Docs, and so on).To that end, Google has designed an almost completely new Web browser. In fact, other than the core rendering engine – which is based on the open source WebKit standard of Safari fame – everything in Google Chrome constitutes a rethinking of how you engineer a browser application. For example, with the current versions of Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer, individual Web page tabs are hosted in a single process – a model that is efficient (in terms of memory and resource consumption) but also prone to catastrophic … [Read more...] about Lab test: Google Chrome vs. Internet Explorer 8
Before we discuss why Windows 10 devices won’t kill Chromebooks, we need a little background. This is not the first time Microsoft is launching an assault on Linux. I have seen Microsoft's reactionary attack on Linux every time someone tried to compete with its cash cow: Windows OS market.Microsoft flooded the market with 'cheap' netbooks to destroy any prospects of Ubuntu-powered netbooks taking over the market. Microsoft actually gave Windows XP extra life so it could be slapped on cheap netbooks to compete with inexpensive Linux devices. That strategy worked and Ubuntu netbooks lost.This time, Microsoft is not up against a small company trying to find its way in the consumer space; this time they are competing with Google.And Google has been gradually stealing away Microsoft's market. While Windows market share continues to shrink, Google Android and Chrome OS are taking a bigger share of the pie.Add to that the fact that Acer's sub-$200 laptop is not the only laptop in the … [Read more...] about Why Windows 10 notebooks won’t kill Chromebooks
Want to see what a Windows 8 Metro-style app can do when it isn't constrained by the usual Metro conventions? The latest developer build of Google's Chrome browser brings a fascinating view of what the future could hold if app developers aren't chained to the swipe-here-swipe-there confines of "normal" Metro-style apps.If you're running Windows 8 RP, head over to Preston Gralla's blog for directions on how to download and install the Dev Channel version of Chrome and set it up as the default browser (the only way to enable Chrome on the Metro side of Windows 8).Before you start on these little guided tours, get rid of your preconceived notions about what a Windows 8 Metro app "should" do. Microsoft made the mold. Google can break out of it. Cleanse your mind of the lecture about how Metro "always" does this or that. Microsoft's making up the rules as it goes along anyway, lest you've forgotten the last-minute changes in Aero or the ribbon-shown-as-default flap in Internet Explorer. … [Read more...] about Google Chrome vs. IE10 on Windows 8 Metro
Microsoft and I have been "partners" in computing since my father brought home a strange beige box with MS-DOS 2.11 installed. I remember a few years later shuffling through a half-dozen 3.5-inch floppy disks and watching in amazement as my C:\> prompt was replaced with the seemingly magical Windows 3.0 user interface, kicking off years of computing bliss (and occasional frustration) with the famed Wintel alliance at my side.Much as my early days of computing were defined by Microsoft, CIOs, and even average computer-using "civilians," hung on the company's every announcement. A Service Pack release, let alone a new version of Windows, was a cornerstone item in most IT project portfolios. In the past few years, a confluence of developments brought us to today, where Windows 10 — Microsoft's soon to be latest and greatest OS update — barely registers on most CIOs' radars.Sales of traditional desktops and laptops, and now even tablet computers, have been fading for several … [Read more...] about Windows 10: The end of computing as we know it
If the release of Windows 10 S and the beautifully elegant Microsoft Surface Laptop has you thinking about replacing your current Chromebook with a Windows machine, you're not alone. But before you do, it's important to understand the differences between the operating systems and how making the change could affect your day-to-day business. The first thing you should know is that Windows 10 S was designed with the classroom in mind. Since Windows 10 S is a lightweight OS made for an educational setting, there are some limitations that are great for teachers and educational administrators, but not ideal for entrepreneurs. If you purchase a laptop that runs Windows 10 S, you'll only be able to download apps through the Windows Store. There are far more apps available in Google's Play Store (including Android apps), which will be available on all Chromebooks soon, than there are in the Windows Store (which doesn't even carry Spotify yet, but reportedly will by this … [Read more...] about Windows 10 S vs. Chrome OS: Which Is Right for Business?