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.
Office / Productivities
If you are stil using Internet Explorer now, get Firefox. Stability and security aside, it is much easier and fun to surf the net using Firefox. You can add in additional functions by installing the many extensions available. Otherwise, with basic download of less than 6MB, you are ready to go. It even helps migrate your Internet Explorer settings.
As companion to Firefox browser, use Thunderbird to replace your email client (that will be Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, etc). The built-in spam filters works well, and you can search your mail from months ago effortlessly. With the webmail extension, I use it to manage all my emails account, including the Hotmail, Yahoo, GMail, and my POP accounts. The migration wizard will help you transfer your account settings and mails from the current email client.
Adobe Reader has been around for many years, used for opening PDF (Portable Document Format) files. Previously it is called Acrobat Reader, referring to the for sale Adobe Acrobat for creating files in PDF format. It is hard to go around without this free software from Adobe.
Previously Adobe products (Acrobat, Distiller) were the only software that can be used to produce PDF files. With CutePDF Writer, you can create PDF from any file than can be printed.
Open Office.org is a strong contender of Microsoft Office products (read: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), supporting most of the commonly used functions on Microsoft Office products. Advatages of Open Office includes supports for PDF files and using open formats. And it’s free! You can use Open Office to open Microsoft Office files, so the change is painless.
PagePlus SE a free desktop publishing software. It is one of the easiest ways to get professional desktop publishing results on your desktop printer. With your PC, printer, and PagePlus, you can save time and money.
Easy To-Do helps you manage your To-Do lists. It is a simple but powerful program to help you remember all those important little tasks you have to do, at home or in the office. With Easy To-Do you can become more efficient and get more things done in less time.
Plan your spending for sustainable portfolio withdrawals. See cash flow projections for your retirement years. See your estate plan results.
Compiere is open source ERP and CRM software that provides a seamless 360-degree view of your company, its customers and vendors. For years only large corporations have been able to enjoy the benefits of ERP applications. Now, Compiere ERP and CRM puts the power of timely and consistent communications within reach of small to medium-sized businesses.
Tina POS is a point of sales application designed for touch screens. Supports ESC/POS ticket printers, customer displays and barcode scanners. It is multiuser and has a great backoffice with a product entry form, reports and charts.
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.