|Product||Microsoft Windows 8||Google Chrome OS||Apple iOS 6|
|Price||$40.00 to $202.14||Free|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||3 stars||4 stars|
|Average user rating||2.5 stars||3.5 stars||2.5 stars|
|Release date||October 26, 2012||Info unavailable||Info unavailable|
|Bottom line|| |
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.
The transition to Apple Maps is rough, but new features and a ton of tiny tweaks make iOS 6 a must-have update.
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