Stories by Howard Wen

In Pictures: Windows Blue - a sneak peek

An update to Windows 8 is in the works, codenamed Windows Blue.

In Pictures: 12 extensions that make Opera sing

Here are a dozen extensions that improve the Opera user experience.

In Pictures: 8 ways Microsoft could improve Windows 8

Here is our wish list of things we’d love to see in an update or service pack for Windows 8.

In Pictures: 9 cheap Nexus 7 alternatives

Everyone from HP to Polaroid to Alcatel takes aim at Google's 7-inch tablet

In Pictures: 5 cool tools in Windows 8

Windows 8 has gotten a lot of flak, primarily because of its radical Start menu UI. But this new OS has several great things about it, which include the following five useful tools that come with it.

In Pictures: 5 tricks to restore the Windows 8 Start menu

As everybody knows, the Start button is not included in Windows 8, and Microsoft has vowed not to put it back. If you’d rather not be forced to use the full-screen, tile-based UI, called Modern, here are five alternative programs that install on Windows 8.

In Pictures: Firefox for Windows 8

Firefox for Windows 8

In Pictures: 13 useful add-ons for Microsoft Excel and Word 2013

For some reason, Microsoft has taken to calling the mini-programs that you can install into their Office applications “apps”. Functionally, though, most of these are similar to Web browser add-ons - in the sense that they add to or enhance the feature set of the main program. Here are the most useful ones for the latest versions of Excel and Word.

In Pictures: 9 essential Internet Explorer 10 add-ons

Internet Explorer 10 add-ons

In Pictures: Mozilla previews app store in time for the holidays

Firefox Marketplace hopes to compete with Google Chrome Web Store

In Pictures: 10 things to know about Firefox 17

A brief look at what’s new in Mozilla’s latest browser.

In Pictures: 8 cool features in Adobe Acrobat XI

The new, 11th version of Acrobat sports a number of new wrinkles

In Pictures: Top 10 gadgets of 2012

Here are 10 that made a significant impact in the industry this year, listed in the order of their releases

In Pictures: 7 things we love/hate about Microsoft Office 2013 for Windows RT

Here’s how Office 2013 for Windows RT stacks up against the traditional Microsoft Office for x86/x64-based systems that we know and love.

In Pictures: Top 10 tech gadgets of 2012

We’re still a few months away from 2013, but most of the hot gadgets have been released, or will be by November, in time for the holiday gift-buying season.

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