|Product||Microsoft Windows 8.1||Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks||Google Android 4.4 KitKat||Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)||Google Chrome OS|
|Price||$99.99 to $119.99||Free||Pricing is currently unavailable.||$79.44 to $199.99|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||4.5 stars||Info unavailable||4 stars||3 stars|
|Average user rating||2 stars||2 stars||0 stars||2 stars||3 stars|
|Release date||Info unavailable||Info unavailable||Info unavailable||October 26, 2012||Info unavailable|
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If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year.
As it's a free upgrade that gives you more apps, improved features across the board, and better performance, there is really no reason not to get Mavericks on your Mac.
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Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.
Chrome OS struggles with the delineation between apps and Web sites, even though they are fast growing together. Great for students and casual home use, the day is coming when it'll be competitive, but it's not yet a replacement for a more mature OS.
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