With 2019 coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to take a look at the

With 2019 coming to a close, it’s the perfect time to take a look at the best, coolest laptops on the market right now. Whether searching for holiday gifts for the techie in your life, trying to set up your child with a computer for school, or just looking to upgrade for the new year, these laptops are the top machines available to buy as we approach 2020. Called the “Ultimate Ultrabook” by Wired, Dell’s XPS 13 boasts a sleek look thanks to the super-thin bezels surrounding the screen. The XPS 13 includes a tiny webcam above the screen, replacing the previous model’s awkwardly-placed bottom camera. It comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, although customers can upgrade to i5 or i7 as well. While Wired noted the XPS 13 isn’t a great laptop for gaming, its portability and impressive eight-12 hour battery life led CNET to name it the “Best Windows Ultraportable” of 2019. The aluminum-bodied, 15-inch Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 is a no-frills computer for people who don’t need a ton of extra features and connectivity. Equipped with one USB-A and one USB-C port, the Surface Laptop 3 is powered by a Ryzen 5 chip processor, providing “plenty of power for everyday tasks,” but may come u...

Microsoft cuts Office 2019 one-time licenses through Home Use Program

Another one bites the dust. Microsoft has been shifting much of its software to a subscription model, and the latest Office 2019 news heralds another change on that front. The suite of Microsoft programs had been available for purchase as one-off perpetual licenses through the company’s Home Use Program. HUP lets select businesses offer employees discounted rates on the software from their workplaces to use at home. Both Office Professional Plus 2019 and Office Home and Business 2019 have been removed as options for one-off licenses under the program. Instead, HUP will give a 30% discount on annual subscriptions to Office software. Office 365 Personal will run HUP members $48.99 a year, and Office 365 Home will cost them $69.99 annually. The feature sets of the two subscriptions are the same, including premium versions of Microsoft programs, 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage, and OneDrive ransomware detection. The Home version supports up to six people, and Personal is for an individual. Microsoft has been reaping the rewards of its transition to subscription-driven software. The company closed its 2019 fiscal year with a cool $11 billion in quarterly revenue for its Productivity an...