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Thursday, December 13, 2007

2007: a good year in Software productivity

When it comes to new technology, 2007's destined to be remembered as "The Year of the iPhone"—but a whole lot more went on in the past 12 months besides Apple's much-hyped gadget launch. From significant upgrades to apps we already know and love, to major operating system releases, to a few new tools that help us get things done (or at least point toward the future), '07 was a good year in software and productivity. Over the last 12 months we've literally reviewed thousands of new releases, features, and upgrades here at Lifehacker. Today we've boiled them all down to a bird's eye view: our top 10 best new and improved desktop and web applications of 2007. Get the list after the jump and vote on your pick of the year.

10. Zoho Suite (Online office suite, most improved)

9. Joost (Internet television streamer, new)

8. Mint (Online money manager, new)

7. VMWare Fusion (Mac virtualization, new)

6. Microsoft Office 2007 (Desktop office suite, most improved)

5. Gmail (Web-based email, most improved)

4. Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" (Operating system, most improved)

3. GrandCentral (Virtual telephone line PBX, most improved)

2. Google Gears (Firefox extension for offline web access, new)

1. Mac OS X Leopard (Operating system, most improved)

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