Familiar tools coupled with new features and a simplified and redesigned interface make Office 2013 well worth the paid upgrade.
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.
Microsoft's has built a new, Modern browser for Windows 10.
Project Spartan is now available for testing on Windows 10.
Lyve is a fast and hands-off way to organize your photos if you don't want to do it yourself.
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.
There's a ton of great technology in Opera, and it's free to compete with Mozilla Firefox.
Adobe Document Cloud, its apps and applications look like a very good start, but you may want to wait a bit before jumping in with anything other than Fill & Sign.
Once it's up and running, McAfee Internet Security 2009 is competitive with Norton on speed, detection, and removal of malicious software.
Choose InDesign for the most sophisticated desktop publishing tasks. Sorry, Quark. InDesign is our new DTP of choice.
The free Presence app is a great way to experiment with home security -- just don't let its prominently-featured online store trick you into spending hundreds on accessories.
Adobe Lightroom 6/CC remains a fine photo-editing and organizing tool, but the new version doesn't rise much past its predecessor.
No utility package is perfect, but Iolo System Mechanic 5.0 Professional is the current leader. If you're looking for one utility suite to fine-tune your hard drive and protect its contents, this is the one to get.
Fast and exciting strategic gameplay makes Kingdom Rush Origins a must-have pick for tower-defense fans.
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.
While the updates to its Shake Stabilizer is welcome, the rest of the program's updates don't feel terribly compelling.
Mozilla is the best free alternative to Microsoft IE. And it's faster, to boot.
Apple's Photos for Mac OS X Yosemite combines an iOS-like interface with advanced editing tools familiar to desktop users. CNET takes a closer look at the developer release.