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Apple OS X Yosemite

Still the best desktop OS you can get, Yosemite is sleek, beautiful, and brimming with conveniences and new features. It also boasts the most efficient use of screen real estate of any desktop operating system along with deep social media and Apple ecosystem integration. Read more: Apple OS X Yosemite

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Update

Win 8.1 Update
The Windows 8.1 Update released at Microsoft Build on April 2 can be viewed as both a step backward and a step forward for Microsoft's vision of a hybrid OS that's equally comfortable on tablets, slates, laptops, and desktops. In the first version of its daring two-in-one OS bet, the company put nearly all the focus on the touch interface. With this update, mouse and keyboard users finally get the attention they've been clamoring for.
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Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks

OS X remains the best consumer-level desktop operating system, despite Microsoft's impressive catch-up in Windows 8.1. Top-notch, unobtrusive security is a major plus, as is tight integration with social media and the ability to run Windows applications through third-party apps. Read more: Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Apple iOS 7

Apple iOS 7
iOS 7 marks a major turn for Apple's mobile operating system, both visually and in all it has to offer. Users will embrace the long list of new features with open arms, and the design is a breath of fresh air. There's still room for improvement, to be sure, but iOS has truly blossomed in this release.
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McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013

McAfee Antivirus 2013
McAfee's developers are serious about the "Plus" in McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2013. In addition to basic antivirus functionality, it offers firewall protection, vulnerability scanning, system cleanup, and more. However, the core antivirus technology doesn't score as well as many in independent tests and our own tests.
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Microsoft Internet Explorer 10

IE 10
In Windows 8, it's still true that Internet Explorer 10, leads a double life. You can run it as a new-style full screen app or you can run it in the traditional Windows desktop view. Underneath, however, both of these as well as the Windows 7 edition use the same rendering engine. Currenty, the Windows 7 version is dubbed a "preview," and it's available for download.
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Microsoft Windows 8

Windows 8
Microsoft's Windows 8 is a bold innovation, melding the worlds of tablets and PCs. Its excellent touch input, an app store, and better performance are compelling, but the changes will be too drastic for some and as a completely new product, a few rough edges remain.
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Firefox 16

Firefox 16
After a somewhat fitful initial release, Firefox 16 (actually 16.0.1) is now the prevailing version of Mozilla's independent, open-source browser. You might say that the update only adds new features for developers, but those in turn can mean new Web capabilities for ordinary browser users.
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