Top 10 software programs

Summary:John Dvorak came up with what he thinks are the top 10 software programs that were either the most successful or the most innovative in the modern era of desktop computing. His column explains the criteria behind the selections.

John Dvorak came up with what he thinks are the top 10 software programs that were either the most successful or the most innovative in the modern era of desktop computing. His column explains the criteria behind the selections.

10. Microsoft BASIC (1976)
9. Sendmail (circa 1983)
8. Aldus Pagemaker (1985)
7. dBASE II (1980)
6. Photoshop (1990)
5. The Mac OS (1984)
4. The Mosaic browser (1993)
3. Apache (1995)
2. WordStar (1978-1979)
1. VisiCalc (1979)

Topics: Tech Industry

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Christopher Jablonski is a freelance technology writer. Previously, he held research analyst positions in the IT industry and was the manager of marketing editorial at CBS Interactive. He's been contributing to ZDNet since 2003. Christopher received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at U... Full Bio

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