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Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones

Review: Samsung Galaxy S8 fails the likability test

The big-screen Android smartphone is too slick for its own good, with poor design decisions that render it unnecessarily hard to use

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Review: VMM 2016 stiffs Azure, older Hyper-V

System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager shines for Windows Server 2016, but does little for prior versions of Hyper-V

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Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V: More secure, but not faster

Hyper-V 2016 tightens VM security and eases management, but seems to have lost a step

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Linux Mint 18.1: Mostly smooth, but some sharp edges

A review of the latest version of Ubuntu-based operating system offers long-term support

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Backup software features that IT managers love and hate

Systems administrators in the IT Central Station community identify the best, and worst, features of backup software from HPE, Veeam and Altaro.

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Review: Amazon QuickSight covers the BI basics

A promising data analysis tool in the cloud, QuickSight is easy to use but limited in terms of visualization types

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Review: Windows 10 Creators Update is worth waiting for

In fact, wait as long as Microsoft will let you, since this is mostly a minor upgrade

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Review: VMware vSphere gets much-needed facelift

vSphere 6.5 is easy to install, sports a new VM management console, and takes a stab at Docker integration

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iPad smackdown: Microsoft Office vs. Apple iWork vs. Google G Suite

Your iPad can largely function like a laptop with two of the three main office productivity suites

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Review: SaltStack shifts devops into high gear

SaltStack Enterprise 5.0 draws on high-speed messaging for superior scalability and control, but the web UI is still catching up

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Smackdown: Office 365 vs. G Suite management

Users don't directly see these capabilities, but they are core to managing your productivity and collaboration platform

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Review: MongoDB learns cool new tricks

With useful graph search capabilities and important stability improvements, MongoDB 3.4 is a no-brainer upgrade

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Review: Microsoft Teams almost as bad as its beta

Despite the beta feedback, Microsoft cuts corners on user interface, functionality, and cross-platform support. When will it learn?

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Review: QNAP TVS-882T NAS piles on the features

With a built-in hypervisor, countless add-ons, and even a remote control, this ‘storage’ server might solve some problems you didn’t know you had

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Smackdown: Office 365 vs. G Suite collaboration

Google’s G Suite has long mastered document collaboration. But now Microsoft Office has come on strong. Is it enough?

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13 reasons not to use Chrome

Chrome may be the world’s most popular browser, but it isn’t necessarily the best one

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Review: Visual Studio 2017 is the best ever

Visual Studio 2017 is not only smaller and faster, but armed for many more use cases than previous versions

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The best Go language IDEs and editors

Among dozens of options for developing Go programs, Gogland, Visual Studio Code, and Cloud9 rise to the top

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