It’s that time of the year again. Time to set up the Christmas tree, hang the lights, enjoy some eggnog, put on a smile, grab your coat, and buy some gifts for your loved ones. However, the gift of giving is oftentimes a lot more difficult than it sounds. Finding the perfect gift for your relatives, friends, and co-workers, can take a lot of time, effort, money, and waiting-in-line at the cashier. If you can’t seem to think of the right gift for someone on your Christmas list, you may want to consider giving the gift of great software. Computers are playing an increasingly more involved role in our lives as they help us with just about everything at the office, at home, and on the go. So why not consider one of these great pieces of software as a Christmas gift to your loved ones?
1. Operating systems
Two of the best operating systems in the software market these days are Microsoft’s Windows 7 for personal computers and Apple’s Snow Leopard for Mac. Although these software programs can cost hundreds of dollars, they are great upgrades over older operating systems and they are sure to last for years to come, since Apple and Microsoft both offer free updates for licensed copies of their operating system. Also, whoever receives the gift of an operating system is likely to remember you and the Christmas that they received the software every time they boot up their computer.
2. System security
System security is essential for any and all computers these days. Viruses, malware, spyware, hacker intrusions, phishing attempts, and worms are just a few of the many types of cyber attacks that can ruin your system and put your data at risk. The gift of a year’s subscription to a top-notch security suite software is the perfect way to show your love and care for someone. AVG Internet Security 9.0 is a top-rated security software suite for Windows-based systems that costs $54.99 for a one-year subscription. If your gift is for a Mac user, then you may want to get Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mac, which comes from the award-winning computer security software developer Kaspersky, and costs $39.95 per year.
The gift of productivity is always welcomed and appreciated. There are tons of productivity software out there for both Windows and Mac, but none are quite as comprehensive as the office suites. For Windows, the Microsoft Office Standard 2007 suite provides a powerful set of programs, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Office Standard 2007 costs approximately $400, but you can upgrade from previous versions for less than $300. You can also opt for the Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 suite, which costs less than $200. Office 2008 for Mac is a great productivity tool for Mac users. The Business Edition of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac costs less than $400, while the upgrade version costs less than $300. As for the Home and Student version for Mac, it costs less than $200.