Once upon a time, Quicken was our favorite money manager, but version 2002 leaves us cold. Don't bother upgrading, and if you want today's most innovative personal finance program, switch to Money.
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.
For zapping viruses, worms, and other malicious code, you can't go wrong with Norton AntiVirus 2003. But current AntiVirus users need not upgrade.
PGP 8.0 is an industrial-strength encryption program with all the features necessary to protect your files and online communications.
Plus Digital Media Edition is a mixed bag of music and video Windows add-ons, with just enough goodies to make it worth the price.
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.
ViaVoice 9.0 is awesome, if expensive, for those without a speech-recognition program. But if you're using ViaVoice 8.0, this version isn't different enough to warrant an upgrade.
Got PowerPoint 2000? Then 2002 isn't different enough to justify its price tag. However, if you have an older edition, consider moving up.
PC-cillin Internet Security 2005 delivers speedy virus scanning and a host of other Internet protection tools--all for the price of most antivirus-only programs alone.
Money hasn't made enough improvements for 2002 users to upgrade, but thanks to its excellent tech support, this app is still the best money manager for Windows to date.
Most users are better off using free desktop search tools, but power users will appreciate the enormous control offered by DtSearch.
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.
Windows XP's first service pack is a worthwhile download--if only for the security patches--as long as you have the bandwidth. If not, you're better off piecing together XP fixes in smaller, single downloads.
Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2003
Pinnacle Studio 8.0's easy-to-use interface and intuitive tools make it the ideal package for beginners. However, its slow encoding and limited number of audio tracks might frustrate some.
If you're looking for gee-whiz features, you won't find them here. But there are still some nice enhancements.