I will say, Wizard1956, that I am 46 years old, and thus not part of the "I am entitled" generation. Therefore, I do not "EXPECT" much of anything from anyone any more. I was merely making an inquiry about OD, because I am having several minor software SNAFUs from various programs all at once since updating to Windows 8.1. No, that is not unexpected, but I don't have the time (or mental capacity) to troubleshoot even one more issue at the moment. And, I agree with ianken in that OD is not really "older". Yes, it has been around a long while now, but it is supposedly kept up to date. It isn't like I am trying to run DOSBox on my Windows 8.1 PC...ROTFL! For example, Start8 is supposedly up to date, and yet, it is not working correctly for me on Windows 8.1 while it was fine last week on Windows 8. The problem is a major one too (hangs the PC on shutdown every single time, causing a system freeze on a cold reboot....restarts are fine). Stardock support is not quite as helpful as I might have hoped (note that I did not say "expect") for from a company from which I have been purchasing products. In fact, they have not responded to my support request at all since I placed it three days ago. Of course, these days, I am finding no companies provide the level of customer service that I was required to provide when I was working in the field. See...I am an old fart....harking back to the good old days. No expectations or entitlement here.
As far as trying free versions go, I have found in my last 16 years of computer hobbyist fun, that free versions may and often do work fine, but once you purchase the "full" version of an app/program, things can change. So, I thought I would post here and ask the nice Stardock users what their experiences may have been so far. When I was in the military, there was a saying relating opinions to bungholes and both stinking. Tehee! Well, I like opinions when it comes to the experiences others have had with PCs, especially if those opinions and experiences will save me frustration and time.
Thanks for the responses all! I appreciate all the information.