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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... Read more

First Look: Windows 8 Consumer Preview
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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... Read more