This app is useful on its own now, but with a concept feature on display at IFA 2014, you might never again have to open your oven door to check on food while it's cooking.
LibreOffice is a great office suite, but it can't compete with modern apps that offer strong compatibility with Microsoft Office, and also work on mobile devices and the Web.
The Office apps for iOS are worth downloading for free basic editing features, but are much more useful once you add a subscription to Office 365.
Familiar tools coupled with new features and a simplified and redesigned interface make Office 2013 well worth the paid upgrade.
Any Mac user who needs to use Windows or Linux software or needs to test software in different environments will appreciate Parallel Desktop's seamless integration, with plenty of little features that make the switching experience as smooth as possible.
Apple iLife '09 is a great application suite for simple media organizing and editing, and the addition of features like face recognition, geotagging, and music lessons makes it worth the update.
Once it's up and running, McAfee Internet Security 2009 is competitive with Norton on speed, detection, and removal of malicious software.
Mozilla Thunderbird 2 is a fine, free, extensible e-mail client and a solid alternative to pricey Microsoft Outlook 2007 or the free Windows Live Mail.
Office for Mac 2008 may be the best pick for business users, but most people can get by with less costly alternatives.
Spyware has evolved rapidly over the last few years, but Ad-Aware 2007 seems slow and has fallen behind the times.
Although Microsoft Office 2007 offers deeper features, particularly for number crunchers, Apple iWork '08 is a strong Mac productivity package and a pleasure to use.
Microsoft Expression Studio
If you work with Microsoft Outlook on a daily basis, this upgrade can make scheduling simpler and e-mailing more interesting. Still, we wish Instant Search and e-mail rendering were better.
Overall, Microsoft Office Standard 2007 is a worthy upgrade if you need to make sleeker-looking documents and presentations to share with others, and Outlook is better than ever, but you can stick to your current software if you don't feel that it lacks anything.
Though the quality of both its Internet and analog calls has improved by leaps and bounds, the updated Nero SIPPS Connect still has a ways to go in the videoconferencing and configuration departments.
If you need a midlevel Web site design app, Microsoft FrontPage 2003 is a good choice, but professionals should use Macromedia Dreamweaver instead.
eTrust PestPatrol offers fast spyware protection, but you can find better protection with Lavasoft Ad-aware.
Apple Keynote 3 is a true competitor to PowerPoint, especially with its low price and advanced features.