Small changes for reviews on CNET Download.com

Today, reviews on CNET Download.com are changing in a small but significant way. Going forward, we will review and rate software based on the full version rather than just the trial version, judging the applications effectiveness as a complete piece of software.

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CNET Download.com will now review full versions of software using the same familiar, five-star system.

Dear CNET Download.com readers,

Today, reviews on CNET Download.com are changing in a small but significant way. Since we began reviewing software nearly eight years ago, we have reviewed only the trial version of any software title that was also available for purchase.

For all software reviews going forward, we will evaluate and rate software based on its full version rather than just its trial version, judging an application's effectiveness as a complete piece of software. However, we will continue to highlight and discuss the limitations of a piece of software's trial version. You can read more about our evaluation criteria here.

Simultaneously, we will cease to publish software reviews on reviews.cnet.com, our sister site. If you're looking for a new software review, you'll now only find it on download.cnet.com.

We hope that these changes makes evaluating the software that you download and purchase easier than ever. We would love to hear your feedback, so send us an e-mail or leave a comment.

Best,
Lindsey Turrentine
Executive Editor, CNET Reviews and Download.com

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