Windows Live OneCare doesn't provide as many unique features and often repackages tools already available for free within the Windows operating system. For $30 more, it's well worth investing in the solutions from McAfee or Symantec, and we give the final nod to Norton 360 which ensures the best protection and performance tools for your money.
AOL Video aims to be a one-stop shop for video, but it needs more compelling content and reliable playback.
Google Notebook lets you save the text, the images, and the URL of origin for Web sites that interest you, but its features are limited.
The online Google Spreadsheets is free, easy to use, and handy for collaboration, but stick with Excel for complex spreadsheets.
Blogger beta allows tagging, as well as drag-and-drop layout editing, and it lets you wall off your blog to strangers, but most current Blogger users will have to set up another blog from scratch to try the new features.
We love the idea of Starz Vongo and think $10 per month is a fair price for all-you-can-watch movies, but the service needs a better selection of movies and improved compatibility with portable devices.
Google Docs & Spreadsheets beta gracefully merges word processing, spreadsheets and basic presentations within an online service that lets you collaborate with other users.
We like the cohesive look and feel as well as useful functionality offered by the free Windows Live apps.
For social-media butterflies who are into geotagging posts, Banjo's streamlined interface and useful location-aware tools make it worth a download.
If you're a Windows user with a taste for Starbucks lattes, you'll love T-Mobile's slick, safe, and easy-to-use HotSpot service, although you'll pay a premium to use it.
Google's music service received major updates revealed at the Google I/O conference that add new streaming options through its All Access service.
Deepnet Explorer may not have the institutional support of Internet Explorer, but it offers more built-in features than Microsoft provides.
There's a ton of great technology in Opera, and it's free to compete with Mozilla Firefox.
We really like Opera 9, but we like it more as the cool, arty browser that it is and not as our everyday workhorse for the Internet.
While changes within Firefox 2 Alpha 3 are bolder and better than those in Alpha 2, this version is still best suited only for developers and the technically adventurous.
Aplus.Net's shared Web hosting plans offer a lot of value, but its entry-level plan lacks a few fundamentals.
If you're thinking about ditching your landline, SunRocket is a potential contender. A low price and lots of features are attractive, but the voice quality of your calls may vary.
EarthLink DSL service is perfect for the home user who wants broadband speed without paying cable prices.