Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

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As PCWorld's senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.

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Microsoft is building a better HoloLens with a new chip focused on machine learning

Microsoft's next-generation Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) within the HoloLens will focus on machine learning, Microsoft revealed. This new direction could help HoloLens interact more intelligently with its environment.

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Microsoft may be quietly retiring Paint after 32 years

Microsoft is "deprecating" Paint within the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, meaning it won't be developed further and may eventually disappear. If the worst happens, here are your options.

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Surface Laptop vs. Surface Pro 4: We compare prices, features and more

Comparing the specs of Microsoft's new Surface Laptop to its older Surface Pro 4 cousin can tell you a lot. For one thing, Microsoft really needs to update the Surface Pro 4.

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Surface Laptop vs. Surface Book: The prices and features of two premium laptops, compared

Microsoft's Surface Laptop and Surface Book are both beautiful, premium laptops, and we dive deep into their specs to help you decide which one's best for you.

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Microsoft's Office sales soar and Windows Phone fades in cloud-happy earnings call

Microsoft calls Windows phone sales "immaterial" during its quarterly earnings call on Thursday. Instead, Office and cloud sales carried Microsoft to a strong, profitable quarter.

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Confirmed: Windows 10 may cut off devices with older CPUs

Microsoft has confirmed it won't provide Windows 10 updates such as the Creators Update to hardware that's no longer supported by its manufacturer, a policy that puts all older hardware at risk.

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Surface Laptop review: Microsoft's MacBook Air killer nails what students need

Microsoft's Surface Laptop is here to battle the MacBook Air and lead the Windows 10 S charge into education.

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Windows 10 Build 16241 gives the best sneak peek yet at the Fall Creators Update

Windows 10's next release date is nigh, and Insider Preview Build 16241 gives us a sneak peek at the nearly-final Fall Creators Update, which Microsoft has promised for September.

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AMD Threadripper prices undercut Intel's Core i9 by as much as $1,000

AMD says it will ship its high-end Threadripper processor earlier than Intel's Core i9, and for hundreds of dollars less, too.

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Intel's massive 18-core Core i9 chip starts a bloody battle for enthusiast PCs

Intel's answer to AMD's Threadripper are new Core i9 and Core i7 X-series chips with new overclocking capabilities and a brand-new chipset.

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Meet the next Windows 10: The Fall Creators Update connects across devices

Windows 10's Fall Creators Update is really about connections: new apps and improvements designed to connect across devices.

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HP Spectre x2 review: It beats the Surface Pro on value, if not performance

HP's Spectre x2 2-in-1 swings for the fences with its Kaby Lake chip, 2K display and Iris Plus graphics, but it falls short in a few areas.

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How to remove ransomware: Use this battle plan to fight back

Ransomware has exploded onto the PC, including the recent Petya and NotPetya outbreak. We'll show you what to do to avoid it, remove it, and—if necessary—even negotiate with its authors.

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Intel Core i9: Everything we know about Intel's hypercharged PC processor

Intel's Core i9 family will have up to 18 cores and 36 threads, possibly the most powerful consumer PC chips ever made. Here are the details you need to know.

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Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): Everything you need to know

Microsoft's portable Surface Pro is the company's premier two-in-one Windows tablet, now rebranded as a "laptop." Read all about it here.