Productivity Software: Best of 2010

Put more productivity into your day with superb software and protect your PCs

By PC World staff, PC World |  Software, Chrome, productivity software

Get productive with our picks for powerhouse software, including Microsoft Office 2010, PC Tools Internet Security 2011, and Adobe Creative Suite 5.

Microsoft Security Essentials

Antivirus software; free When Microsoft jumps into a category, it's time to pay attention. And when the product is this solid, it redefines the category. This antivirus tool gives you everything you need, offering malware detection in an easy-to-use package with a well-designed interface--and it doesn't nag unnecessarily. (#10 in the PCWorld 100)

Microsoft Security Essentials coverage | Download |

Google Chrome

Web browser; free The top pick in our tests is fast and well designed, has a clean and functional interface, supports plenty of add-ons, and provides strong security features. Chrome also offers extensive customization options for power users. (#14)

Google Chrome coverage | Download |

Microsoft Office 2010

Office suite; starts at $280 After years of ceding the online productivity world to Google Docs, Microsoft finally builds Web apps into the latest Office suite. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all have new features for collaborating online. In addition, PowerPoint gains built-in video editing and playback, smooth new transitions, and an easy-to-use tool for broadcasting slideshows across the Web. (#19)

Microsoft Office 2010 review | Download (trial) |

Adobe Creative Suite 5

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