Finding software reviews that are relevant to a particular situation can be challenging. Much depends on one’s depth of knowledge of the subject matter. A novice user needs a review written for a novice in order to benefit from it. For example, what constitutes ease-of-use to the guru, might might mean great difficulty to the uninitiated.
Before searching out a software review, make a list of the things that are important to you. Is the interface familiar? Does the program follow rules that you understand? What do you expect the program to provide? What are the most important features to you?
Once you know what you are looking for, you can get begin searching the Internet. If you are a novice user, a good place to start are the sites that sell software that seek out user reviews. Amazon.com and epinions.com are examples of sites that may have extensive user reviews.
Once you have an idea of what users think of the software, you can move on to reviews by professionals. cnet.com, pcmag.com and zdnet.com are examples. Next, use a search engine (Google, Bing, etc.) to look up the specific product. Finally, see if you can find forums that discuss the product.