Computer Software

Software refers to the programs your computer uses to perform the actions you want it to. Learn all about computer software, from Web browsers to the latest operating systems, with our explanations, reviews, videos and prices.

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Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system works on computers and some mobile devices, too. It also brings big changes from earlier versions of Windows. What can you expect if you upgrade your computer?

By Jonathan Strickland

Businesses and individuals alike are increasingly turning to the cloud to store their data, but is it really as foolproof as it appears? Do you need backup?

By Linda C. Brinson

There's a good chance you're already a freemium user. Actually, you might even be a freemium-loving freeloader. But what does "freemium" mean, anyway?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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How many different Web browsers are available for Android tablets? We'll discuss the options currently available -- and why more are likely on the way.

By Nathan Chandler

It's a clever premise and a play on words: You "pin" your "interest" (or rather, interests) to a virtual bulletin board. But how does it work? Stick with us, newbie.

By Gerlinda Grimes

You never really think much about updating your Web browser – that is, until the first time your favorite site crashes because your outdated version of Firefox can't handle it.

By Ed Grabianowski

We're happy to help you get the latest, tastiest version of the Android operating system. Here's how.

By Eric Seeger

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When it comes to smartphones and tablet PCs, apps are where it's at. But as addicting and fun as they are, applications are as vulnerable to safety concerns as any other piece of software.

By Shanna Freeman

When desktop computers crash, they often have a screen with information about the crash and what to do next. But tablets work differently -- is there a crash screen that lets you know that your device needs a reboot?

By Jonathan Strickland

Cloud storage is hot right now and seemingly the answer to the prayers of the person with a laptop, tablet and smartphone who works on the go. But how safe is it really?

By Chris Opfer

Why is that pair of shoes you looked at on Amazon last week following you around the Web? How does the Internet know you considered buying them?

By Clint Pumphrey

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The Interwebs are full of freebies, especially when it comes to software. But before you click on that tempting free download, you might want to think twice -- and do your homework first.

By Kate Kershner

Now that you figured out the Blogger's basic features, it's time to dig a little deeper to find new and hidden features that will help you make your blog look and read better.

By Ed Grabianowski

Operating systems help computer hardware and software communicate with each other. Although you're seeing some of what your OS does, it manages many more tasks. What's going on behind the scenes?

By Jonathan Strickland

As blogging tools go, Tumblr is relatively easy for new users. In fact, with the right tips, you'll be blogging with the pros in virtually no time at all.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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If you're wondering why everyone on the Internet thinks they're a photographer, you can probably thank Instagram. The filters, effects and social integration of the app make it very appealing, but is there more to its appeal?

By Jacob Clifton

There used to be a time when touching your computer screen would just lead to some smudgy fingerprints. Now, lots of computer users are carting around tablets that use touch-screen interfaces.

By Jeff Harder

Pinterest may not make much sense to the casual online user, but if you're trying to redecorate your living room or plan a wedding, the site is almost indispensable. What is Pinterest and why has it gotten so popular so quickly?

By Allison Wachtel

Tumblr is a popular platform for short-form microblogging, allowing users to share blog entries, photos, videos and music. How does Tumblr compare to other social media sites?

By Brian Boone

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For your average computer user, operating systems like Windows or the Mac OS are par for the course. But what if there wasn't an OS? Would the computer still, well, compute?

By Kate Kershner

You can find almost anything you want on the Internet. But does that mean it's legal to download and share?

By Beth Brindle

That crazy-looking Web site offering a download of a movie still in the theatre could be providing more than illegal viewing. Viruses and malware could be hidden in the files. What are some other signs that a site might not be legit?

By Becky Striepe

Blogger has been around forever, so it's easy to forget that it's one of the easiest blogging tools to use – and a slew of new features have made it even easier.

By Ed Grabianowski

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Streaming movies are a convenient way to catch a flick, but some of those online sites can be iffy, particularly if they offer free movies. We'll show you how to tell a legal site from a sketchy one.

By Nathan Chandler

It seems like current tablet technology can do a lot, whether your surfing the Internet or playing video games. But could you edit photos on an iPad?

By Jane McGrath