Latest Microsoft app reviews

Windows 10 Mobile review: A new hope?
3.5 stars Windows 10 Mobile review: A new hope? By Chris Hall

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Microsoft made a move into smart, connected, mobile devices that were relatively unchallenged. The early versions of Windows CE drove Pocket PCs, long before the modern smartphone had taken off.Window's life on... Read more

Windows 10 review: The OS upgrade we've all been waiting for
4.5 stars Windows 10 review: The OS upgrade we've all been waiting for By Tyler Fee

The desktop is centre stage again in Windows 10. Finally.With the last version of Windows, the love-to-hate-it and hate-to-love-it Windows 8, it seemed like Microsoft was trying to convert the entire population into tablet users, even though plenty of... Read more

Windows 10 first impressions: Should you upgrade or not?
Windows 10 first impressions: Should you upgrade or not? By Tyler Fee

Windows 10 is officially here and it’s generating a lot of buzz for a new windows release, especially considering that the basic version is completely free for Windows 8.1 or 7 owners. And it’s difficult to make an argument against a free upgrade.However,... Read more

Microsoft Bing Palm Search hands-on: Typing's a thing of the past
Microsoft Bing Palm Search hands-on: Typing's a thing of the past By Rik Henderson

We've seen fingerprint sensors on phones and tablets, and haptic force-feedback technology on prototype devices on our travels, but Microsoft has come up with something quite different. And it could change the way you search online forever. Utilising... Read more

Windows Phone 8.1 review
4.0 stars Windows Phone 8.1 review By Mike Lowe

Windows Phone 8.1 is (sort of) here and it's a much needed boost to the Microsoft operating system. Better presentation, more personalisation, the voice assist Cortana, quick actions and notifications via Action Center and a number of other tweaks throughout.At... Read more

Hands-on: Windows 8.1 Update review
Hands-on: Windows 8.1 Update review By Rik Henderson

Microsoft has released its first major update for Windows 8.1 as promised and Pocket-lint has installed it on a desktop PC to see exactly what the more significant changes do. And we can start by saying that it's a hark back to Vista.The software giant... Read more

Hands-on: Microsoft Office for iPad apps review‏
Hands-on: Microsoft Office for iPad apps review‏ By Elyse Betters

Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad at a San Francisco-based event on 27 March, with Satya Nadella, the company's new chief executive, leading the helm. The mobile software's long-awaited debut follows years of leaks, and even some adamant denials from... Read more

Windows 8.1 review
4.5 stars Windows 8.1 review By Ian Morris

Windows 8 continues to be a product that attracts a lot of complaining. Some of that complaining is justified - at least to some extent - and some of it isn't. But no matter what we think of Windows 8, if the customers aren't on board, then the operating... Read more

Windows 8.1 preview: Installed, explored and tested
Windows 8.1 preview: Installed, explored and tested By Ian Morris

We were pretty harsh about Windows 8 until we reviewed it. The problem for us, was that the user interface was just too much of a departure. Reviews are different from opinion though, and using the OS on a desktop computer made us realise that, as an... Read more

App of the day: Outlook.com review (Android)
App of the day: Outlook.com review (Android) By Ian Morris

Android gets email right, as long as you're loyal to Gmail. You will have a frustrating time if you're a Hotmail or Yahoo user, and want to enjoy the same rich experience as you'd get within Google's own apps. And that's not much of a surprise.And with... Read more

App of the day: SkyDrive review (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone)
App of the day: SkyDrive review (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone) By Hunter Skipworth

Microsoft's SkyDrive, a potential Dropbox beater, has now made its way on to iOS. The app is compatible with both iPhone and iPad and offers many different ways to back up and view various forms of media.Until now, Apple has prevented Microsoft from updating... Read more

Windows Phone 8
4.0 stars Windows Phone 8 By Stuart Miles

Windows Phone 8 is here, and while it will be available only on new hardware, rather than rolling out to previous models like the Nokia Lumia 800, it's worth covering in detail what is new and improved and what's not and ultimately whether or not it is... Read more

Windows 8
4.0 stars Windows 8 By Ian Morris

It's fair to say that Windows 8 is just about the most controversial operating system for some time. The strange thing is, everyone knows what Microsoft is trying to do, and most people agree that it's actually heading in the right direction. The only... Read more

Hands-on: Microsoft Office 2013 review
Hands-on: Microsoft Office 2013 review By Stuart Miles

Microsoft has announced Office 2013 - Office 15 if you are keeping track of the version numbers - ahead of the release date, as is de rigueur these days. This means mere mortals like you and us can download a consumer preview of the new offering ahead... Read more

Hands on: Photosynth for Windows Phone 7 review
Hands on: Photosynth for Windows Phone 7 review By Stuart Miles

Microsoft has released a version of Photosynth for Windows Phone 7 users, allowing them to create almost never ending panoramic shots from their phone.The app that has been available for iPhone users for some time is yet another app that makes it to Microsoft... Read more

First Look: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
0.0 stars First Look: Windows 8 Consumer Preview By Stuart Miles

The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is here, allowing you to have a play with some to the new features before the final version of Windows 8 arrives later in the year.As with Windows 7, Microsoft has allowed users interested and keen to review the new OS themselves... Read more

Windows Phone 7 Mango
4.0 stars Windows Phone 7 Mango By Stuart Miles

Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 Mango update is now here and that means a bevy of new treats and features for you to play with. We've been playing with Mango since the start of June, have gone through a couple of updates and have been living with the final... Read more

Hotmail Android pictures and hands-on
Hotmail Android pictures and hands-on By Rik Henderson

Microsoft has released an official Hotmail application for Android, and Pocket-lint was invited to the company's London headquarters to check it out in advance of its public unveiling.Demonstrated by Bryan Saftler, Hotmail product manager, Microsoft Consumer... Read more

Microsoft OneNote for iPhone 1.2 hands-on
Microsoft OneNote for iPhone 1.2 hands-on By Rik Henderson

OneNote for iPhone has finally reached the UK and marks the first time the Brits can officially use a Microsoft Office tool on an iOS device. Available for free (initially), it even improves upon the US edition (which has been out since January 2011),... Read more

Internet Explorer 9
4.5 stars Internet Explorer 9 By Chris Holmes

For years Internet Explorer has been a bit of a joke; buggy, slow, insecure and breaking web standards. Well, IE 6 might have been all that; IE 7 had so much catching up to do that it didn’t address enough standards, although it did make significant... Read more

Microsoft Windows Phone 7
4.0 stars Microsoft Windows Phone 7 By Chris Hall

Built from the ground up with a “relentless focus on the consumer”, Windows Phone 7 finds Microsoft trying to re-assert itself in a market it practically invented and catastrophically lost a grip on. Failure to develop and evolve saw Windows Mobile... Read more

First Look: Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
First Look: Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 By Chris Hall

Apple will tell you that Office for Mac doesn’t need to exist, and for many, the iWork offering meets their needs. But for many Mac users, the familiarity of Microsoft Office gained in schools and the workplace is easy to cross over to the Mac - be... Read more

Windows 7 Ultimate
4.5 stars Windows 7 Ultimate By Duncan Geere

Microsoft has quite a task on its hands. Most people agree that its last operating system release, Windows Vista, was actually a perfectly respectable bit of software once driver manufacturers were on board after a year or so, but that didn't stop it... Read more

Microsoft Windows 7 - First Look
Microsoft Windows 7 - First Look By Stuart Miles

Microsoft has released the Windows 7 beta allowing anyone to get a hands-on with the company's latest Operating System, before it officially launches later this year. But with the download at 2.4GB, plenty of reported issues, and the mere fact that it's... Read more

Xobni search for Outlook - PC
4.0 stars Xobni search for Outlook - PC By Chris Hall

Outlook is a great way to organise yourself, integrating email, contacts and your calendar. But sometimes finding the information that you remember seeing can be frustrating. Xobni think they have the answer. Integrating into Outlook, Xobni is an add-in... Read more

Microsoft Works 9.0 - PC
3.0 stars Microsoft Works 9.0 - PC By Stephen Patrick

Microsoft Works has always been a stripped down version of MS Office, aimed at casual users and those with basic needs. It is most often found bundled on new PCs. It comprises a single disc from which you can install the staple applications of Word, Spreadsheet,... Read more

Microsoft Office:mac 2008 - Mac
4.5 stars Microsoft Office:mac 2008 - Mac By Stuart Miles

Four years in the making, Microsoft's latest version of Office for the Apple mac is here, but has it been worth the wait, is there enough new stuff in here to get you excited and should you be rushing out to upgrade? We get office working to find out.... Read more

Microsoft Expression Web - PC
4.0 stars Microsoft Expression Web - PC By Stephen Patrick

Microsoft FrontPage had many fans but it was never one of the most flexible or user-friendly of pages. Well, for the most part if you’re looking to develop a web page or whole site, you can put that behind you as Expression Web is a whole new ball game.... Read more

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - PC
4.0 stars Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium - PC By Stephen Patrick

The best part of 6 years and any number of false release dates can’t avoid the fact that the release of Windows Vista isn’t a highly anticipated event. After all, anyone who buys a computer in any form from this day on is 99% guaranteed to find Vista... Read more

Microsoft Office 2007 Home Edition
4.0 stars Microsoft Office 2007 Home Edition By Stephen Patrick

After Windows, Microsoft Office is the second biggest money-spinner for the company, so it’s no surprise it has been launched on the same day as the new OS. The numbering gives it away but it been 4 years since Microsoft updated Office and while it’s... Read more

Microsoft Autoroute 2007 - PC
3.0 stars Microsoft Autoroute 2007 - PC By Amber Maitland

Satnav has changed the way we navigate about the place. At one time, every motorist worth his salt had a paper map tucked under the driver’s seat but in this age of gadgets, you’re just as likely to find an electronic map stuck to the dashboard. Not... Read more

Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser 6000 Mouse
4.0 stars Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser 6000 Mouse By Stuart Miles

Forever trying to make what is probably the most used device on our computer easier to use, Microsoft has launched the Microsoft Natural Wireless Laser 6000 Mouse, a more ergonomically friendly mouse designed to reduce the risk of getting RSI. We get... Read more

Microsoft Student 2006
3.5 stars Microsoft Student 2006 By Stephen Patrick

If your parents ever had any pretension to giving you a better education than they ever had, you’ll have grown up with a full range of encyclopaedias gathering dust on a shelf. Thankfully, those books can now fit onto a DVD and even better, they’re... Read more

Microsoft Works Suite 2006
4.0 stars Microsoft Works Suite 2006 By Stephen Patrick

Computers are great, we love them, as they make like easier - whether it’s getting the family budget in order, or mapping out your route to the coast. But you need to have the right software installed. What’s that you say? Microsoft’s latest update... Read more

Microsoft AntiSpyware (beta)
4.0 stars Microsoft AntiSpyware (beta) By Stuart Miles

Microsoft has just launched a new security tool that will supposedly rid your computer of spyware, but does it work? We put the new beta to the test. Downloading the free software from the Microsoft website is easy. A quick validation of your Windows... Read more

Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10
4.0 stars Microsoft Digital Image Suite 10 By Chris Hall

This is Microsoft’s attempt to win back some of the digital camera revenue floating around out there, and with this package you can basically organise, acquire and edit, create and share, and archive - as it says on the box. There is a tendency to knock... Read more

Microsoft Works Suite 2005
3.0 stars Microsoft Works Suite 2005 By Chris Hall

If you are looking for an all emcompassing software package, Microsoft Works may offer the soluition. Evolving from year to year and bringing you extra updates from the Microsoft fold this years edition offers you the choice of either the DVD version... Read more

Microsoft AutoRoute 2005
2.5 stars Microsoft AutoRoute 2005 By Chris Hall

The 2005 of version of AutoRoute boasts over 2.9 million miles of streets, 800,000 points of interest and full postcode coverage for not only the UK, but some of the rest of Europe as well. Ok, it is up-to-date and accurate (ish), but it does just look... Read more

Microsoft Money 2005
3.5 stars Microsoft Money 2005 By Andy Lynn

It's a cruel joke by the webmaster to give me MS Money to review again, as he knows I'm the sort of person who's broke in the third week of every month and hanging on by the fingernails in order to survive until pay day. In other words, I'm the sort of... Read more

Encarta 2005 Premium Suite
4.0 stars Encarta 2005 Premium Suite By Chris Hall

Encarta was bundled with my first PC, running Win 3.1. It was a useful and dynamic tool, and I got used to it in my later school years. I was rather excited to think about the possibilities that will have developed over the past decade. If it was that... Read more

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005
4.5 stars Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 By Debbie Davies

Gizmogirl is a fan of tablet PCs so she was keen to try out Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005, Microsoft's free system upgrade. We tested it on Hewlett Packard's Tablet PC TC1100. Software has been the Achilles' heel of tablet PCs compared to their brilliant... Read more

Office:Mac 2004 standard edition
4.0 stars Office:Mac 2004 standard edition By Stuart Miles

When the Office X launched on the Mac, aside from rewriting the code specifically for the platform, there wasn't much new to the office suite from Microsoft. Another year on, and Office 2004 has been given a new lease of life. This time however, Microsoft... Read more

Microsoft Office Professional 2003
4.0 stars Microsoft Office Professional 2003 By Stuart Miles

When a product as successful as Office needs to be updated it isn't just a case of adding on a few bits and bobs. You have to impress if you expect people to want to spend £500 for the Professional version. That means Office gets an overhaul. The majority... Read more

Windows XP
4.5 stars Windows XP By Chris Hall

The way I see it at present, there are a few schools of Windows users: those who have XP, a mixture of geeks and those with more recently purchased machines, and those who use the mash of previous Windows incarnations, the dubious Win95/98/2000/ME/NT4... Read more

Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition
3.0 stars Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition By Stuart Miles

Wherever you look the world of technology is becoming more focused on digital media. Whether its cameras, music, or burning a CD we all now use our PCs for more than just bashing out the odd letter to the bank manager. With that in Mind Microsoft has... Read more

Microsoft Digital Image Suite
3.0 stars Microsoft Digital Image Suite By Stuart Miles

With digital photographer users creating tens if not hundreds of images the question of what you do with them when you download them to your PC or Mac is an important one. After all with prints you store them in a photo album, so why not do the same with... Read more

Microsoft AutoRoute 2004
3.0 stars Microsoft AutoRoute 2004 By Stuart Miles

We all like to think that we’re the most competent drivers around and our directional skills, the best in the country. In reality most of us get lost, have no idea on how to get to places like Higham Gobion or Ugly and then blame a rogue tractor or... Read more

Microsoft Encarta Premium Suite CD 2004
4.0 stars Microsoft Encarta Premium Suite CD 2004 By Stuart Miles

When we were young, Encyclopaedia Britannica used to be the be-all-and-end-all to our information needs - bound in leather and updated every five to six years the books, which spanned some 20 or so volumes would be a meaty component to any bookshelf.... Read more

Microsoft Money 2004 Financial Suite
3.5 stars Microsoft Money 2004 Financial Suite By Andy Lynn

With Microsoft Money, Microsoft (MS) show that they're fully prepared to go into a software sector where they're not leaders, and keep refinining a product year after year until the market leaders are pressured into staying ahead. By the time that pressure... Read more