Mark HachmanSenior Editor, PCWorld

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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How the Xbox Series X (and xCloud) saved me from buying a gaming PC

Microsoft's new Xbox Series X console is the best way to get the experience of a gaming PC without buying a gaming PC. Here's why.

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Intel's Iris Xe Max GPU brings graphics chops to thin-and-light laptops

Intel has unwrapped the Iris Xe Max discrete GPU for notebooks, which uses power sharing, and an Intel technology called Deep Link to outperform Nvidia's GeForce MX350 in gaming, and even RTX 2080 in some tasks.

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AMD's notebook PC share soars to an all-time high

Driven by sales of AMD's mobile Ryzen 4000, Intel's chief competitor has captured more share in the notebook market than at any time in history.

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HP?Pavilion x360 Convertible 14 review: You can do better

The HP?Pavilion x360 Convertible 14 (dw0097nr) is a competent 14-inch convertible PC, but subpar audio and middling performance hold it back.

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Your PC is either DirectX 12 Ultimate-ready, or you're not a real gamer

The latest Xbox Game Bar update checks whether your gaming PC can support DirectX12 Ultimate. Microsoft wants you to look for the logo when buying hardware and PC games.

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Windows Insider build 20246 removes features amid roadmap questions

Microsoft has removed, not added, features within the latest Windows 10 Insider update, version 20246. Just part of the process, or a sign of slowing development?

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Intel confirms 'Rocket Lake' desktop chips will offer double-digit performance improvements

Intel confirms that its next desktop chip will be the 11th-gen Core 'Rocket Lake' processor, launching in the first quarter of 2021, based upon a new Cypress Cove architecture.

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Excel expands connected data types as it evolves into a real-time data tracker

Microsoft expands Excel's real-time "data types" by adding support for your data, as well as hundreds of sources from Wolfram Alpha.

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Why Microsoft has blocked hundreds of sites in Internet Explorer

Microsoft has inserted code in Microsoft Edge 87 that will block hundreds of sites from opening within Explorer, hoping to nudge more users off the legacy browser.

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Google will open Office documents in editing mode, a boon for Chromebooks

Chromebook users have had to navigate an obtuse process to edit an Office document within Google Sheets. Google has changed all that.

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Windows patch allows you to kill Flash now before the holiday deadline

Microsoft has issued a patch to remove the Adobe Flash player from Edge and Internet Explorer before the Dec. 31 2020 deadline expires.

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Qualcomm debuts WiFi 6E chipsets for mesh networks debuting in 2021

Qualcomm announces what it's calling its Immersive Home platform, which offers cheaper dual-band WiFi6 options as well as the high-bandwidth WiFi 6E backhaul for mesh-network devices debuting in 2021.

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Intel says Tiger Lake notebook PC demand has doubled since April

Intel reports declines in profits and revenue for the third quarter of 2020, though both demand for Tiger Lake CPUs and Intel's ability to make them have increased.

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Microsoft is encouraging Office PWAs, which could change how you work with apps

Microsoft is reportedly encouraging its beta testers to use Microsoft Office PWAs (Progressive Web Apps). To learn what they are, and what they can do for you, read on.

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Minecraft's Java version will require a Microsoft account to play

Mojang's original version of Minecraft, which millions play, will now require a Microsoft to play for security's sake, Microsoft says.