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1st Place: Microsoft Office 2010/Microsoft Office for Mac 2011

Office 2010, and the Mac equivalent, set new heights for Microsoft's all-conquering productivity suite this year. This year's releases were slicker, faster and easier to use than ever, and each application was crammed full of useful new features and UI tweaks. What's more, the £70 or so Microsoft is charging for the Home and Student edition is nothing less than a bargain.

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2nd Place: Apple iOS 4

Multitasking, folders, and a unified and threaded mailbox were just some of the reasons for iPhone owners to upgrade their software or even their handset. Though iOS 4 couldn't improve the image quality of the camera on existing devices, Apple did add a digital zoom. True, iOS 4 on iPhone 3G performance left a lot to be desired, but for the 3GS it was a significant enhancement.

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3rd Place: Adobe Lightroom 3

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is an astonishingly versatile and capable program, packed with advanced features and clever details, and a real one-stop-shop for all your photo management and processing needs. It's more than just a cosmetic upgrade of the previous version too; it is faster, easier to use, has many new features and big improvements to existing ones. If you're a professional or keen amateur photographer and you haven't tried it already, do yourself a massive favour and download the trial version from Adobe's website right away.

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