CNET Reviews – Most Popular Software
- Windows Vista Ultimate - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
Windows Vista is essentially warmed-over Windows XP. If you're currently happy with Windows XP SP2, we see no compelling reason to upgrade. On the other hand, if you need a new computer right now, Windows Vista is stable enough for everyday use.
- Microsoft Office XP Pro: Win98/ME/NT4/2K - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
Microsoft Office XP's online and collaborative tool improvements make it a smart upgrade for businesses and groups, but it's not worth the cost, time, and effort for single or home users.
- WinFax Pro 10.0 - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
You can't go wrong with WinFax Pro, a powerful faxing app that provides a mess of features and options. For cheaper faxing, check out Smith Micro's HotFax.
- Microsoft Publisher 2002: Win98/ME/NT4/2K - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
Publisher 2002 is better integrated with Word and easier to use than ever--even easier than FrontPage. It's worth the hunt to find a copy of Publisher 2002.
- Microsoft Money 2002 Deluxe - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
Money just keeps getting better, especially when it comes to Web integration. If you can get by the Passport requirement, switch to Money.
- Microsoft Small Business Server 2000: Win2K Svr - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
We recommend Small Business Server for companies with more than 50 employees, but you'll have to purchase additional server licenses to do so. Smaller companies should consider rival server suites and outsourcing and open source solutions.
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
Got PowerPoint 2000? Then 2002 isn't different enough to justify its price tag. However, if you have an older edition, consider moving up.
- Microsoft Excel 2002 - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
If you plan to keep your spreadsheets to yourself, you won't find many exciting new features in Excel 2002. But if you regularly share and edit spreadsheets with your coworkers, purchase the upgrade posthaste.
- Microsoft FrontPage 2002: Win98/ME/NT4/2K - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
The Usage Analysis Reports are reason enough to upgrade from version 2000. And if you are a small-business owner, consider buying FrontPage, as it has a special add-in just for you.
- Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition - CNET Reviews - Most Popular Software
Millennium is a great face-lift for Windows 98, but it's not a necessary upgrade. If you have technical difficulties or work with pictures or music, try the new OS. But if you're happy with Windows 98, stick with it.