100 Free Software for Windows
- Fernando Hal
There is no free lunch in this world. Fortunately, the same doesn’t apply to software. Finding free software is a boon. But finding free software that is not a crippleware (functionality is so limited to the point of almost useless), nagware (repeatedly reminds user to purchase the software), demoware (can be used for certain times or certain number of days only), and does not contain adware(display advertisements every now and then), spyware(collect your personal information) is tough.
Here is a list of what I consider as Top 100 Free Software for Windows. Most of these are software that I am using or have used before. Majority are freeware with some of them under open source software license agreement. There are a number of shareware in this list too. These are great shareware that provides good functionality even if you don’t buy.
Similar to Notepad that comes free with Windows, this Notepad2 follows the principle of small, simple, fast text editor with a number of additional functions like syntax highlighting for common language like HTML.
When you want to step up a bit higher than the usual Notepad but don’t want the bells and whistle of the complete development programme, enter the NoteTab. Move quickly around large files with a tabbed interface, and format your text. Write with the font of your choice, fixed width or proportional.
Now, you are ready for a full-fledged development programme, but don’t want to spend a boom on it. Get PHPDesigner. Features such as XML support, customizable syntax schemes, and autobracketing may sound expensive, but PHP Designer delivers them all and a whole lot more without requiring you to dip into your savings.
If you are not into coding, and just want to get your HTML pages done, use NVU. It is simpler than Microsoft Frontpage or Macromedia Dreamweaver, and create cleaner code.
Ferant DHTML Studio Lite
Apache HTTP Server
Apache has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April 1996. The November 2005 Netcraft Web Server Survey found that more than 70% of the web sites on the Internet are using Apache, thus making it more widely used than all other web servers combined.
PHP Windows Binaries
PHP is a widely-used general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for Web development and can be embedded into HTML.
Abyss Web Server X1
If you just need a personal web server for learning or testing your codes, use Abyss Web Server. Abyss Web Server X1 is a free, personal Web server. Despite its small footprint, it supports CGI scripts, FastCGI, ISAPI extensions, ASP.NET, server-side includes (SSI), download resuming, caching negotiation, logging, custom error pages, password protection, IP address control, aliases, custom MIME types, index files, custom directory listings, anti-leeching, and bandwidth throttling.
MySQL Community Edition is the freely downloadable version of the world’s most popular open source database. It is supported by a huge and active community of open source developers and enthusiasts. Use MySQL database to complement the Apache server.
phpMyadmin is free, browser-based administration tool for managing your MySQL database, written in PHP.
WordPress is a free blogging software which offer powerful publishing capability, thus you can concentrate on your contents, and not worrying about the platform. WordPress is php based, so you need a server capable of running php.
phpBB is a very highly customizable free and open source bulletin board package. It is not the best looking forum software, but the active community is very helpful.
Drupal is an open source content management platform. Equipped with a powerful blend of features, Drupal can support a variety of websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.
osCommerce is the leading Open Source online shop e-commerce solution that is available for free under the GNU General Public License. It features a rich set of out-of-the-box online shopping cart functionality that allows store owners to setup, run, and maintain their online stores with minimum effort and with no costs, license fees, or limitations involved.
Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
An environment for dynamic Web development, geared towards ASP.Net. Visually design your Web applications and database.
100 Free Software for Windows
- Part 1 – Office / Productivities Software
- Part 2 – Graphics / Photo Editing Tools
- Part 3 – Security & Privacy Utilities
- Part 4 – Audio / Video Software
- Part 5 – File & System Utilities
- Part 6 – Internet & Network Tools
- Part 7 – Web Development
- Part 8 – CD / DVD Tools & Free Games
- Part 9 – Windows Development Tools & Education Software
What do you think? What other software deserve to be included? Which one should be out? Leave your comments below.