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About.com Computing & Technology

For the second year in a row, About.com Computing honored the best of the best in technology, with awards that span email and IM to Web design and graphics software. Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to everyone who voted. Learn all about the 2011 award winners by browsing the categories below.

Antivirus

New this year, readers chose their picks for:
  • Best Windows Antivirus
  • Best Mac Antivirus
  • Best Free Antivirus

Browsers and Browser-Related Software

Readers selected their favorite browsers for:
  • Best Major Desktop Browser
  • Best Mobile Browser
  • Best Overall Add-On
  • Best Browser Theme
  • ... and More

Computer Hardware

The computer hardware awards showcase:
  • Best Laptop Company
  • Best Desktop Company
  • Best Monitor Company
  • Best Gaming Laptop
  • Best Gaming Desktop

Deskop Publishing Software and Tools

This year, awards in the desktop publishing category include:
  • Best Desktop Publishing Software (for various audiences)
  • Best Free Desktop Publishing Software
  • Best Source of Fonts
  • Best Source of Images
  • Best Templates

Email

Our popular email awards program showcases:
  • Best Desktop Clients
  • Web and Mobile Clients
  • Social Networking and E-Cards
  • Best Email Innovation of 2010

Family Computing

Meet the winners of our our hotly contested awards for parents and kids, including:
  • Best Virtual World for Kids
  • Best App for Kids
  • Best Website for Kids (by age group)
  • Best Family-Friendly Video Game
  • Best Internet Safety Tool
  • ... and Four Awards for Best Parenting Blogs

Google

For those who love all things Google, here was a chance to support your favorites for:
  • Best YouTube Video
  • Best Free Android App
  • Best Android Device That Isn't a Phone
  • Best Google Product Besides Search
  • ... and More

IM

The awards program that started it all, now in its fourth year. Readers chose their favorites for:
  • Best IM Client Overall
  • Best Windows IM Client
  • Best Mac IM Client
  • Best Best Mobile IM Client
  • Best Business IM Client
  • Best Web-Based IM Client
  • Best IM Feature
  • Best Chat Rooms
  • IM Developers of the Year

Macs

Check out the winners for:
  • Best Mac System Utility
  • Best Mac Backup Application
  • Best Mac Browser
  • Best Application for Running Windows
  • ... and More

Personal Finance Software

For the first time this year, readers chose their favorite personal finance software for:
  • Best Personal Income Tax Software (online, Windows or Mac)
  • Best Online Personal Finance Software
  • Best Windows Personal Finance Software
  • Best Mac Personal Finance Software
  • Best Mobile Personal Finance Software

Presentation Software

Microsoft PowerPoint may be king, but readers also let us know their favorite alternatives:
  • Best Free Alternative to PowerPoint
  • Best Purchased Alternative to PowerPoint

Web Design

Another stalwart of the About.com Readers' Choice Awards, the coveted awards for Web designers this year include:
  • Best Web Designs (seven categories)
  • Best Web Hosting (three categories)
  • Best Software for Web Designers (five categories)

Web Search

In our most far-reaching awards program, readers chose:
  • Best Search Engine
  • Best Reference Site
  • Best Music and Video Site
  • Best Productivity Site
  • ... and More
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