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The top 20 free apps for Windows

Note, these apps are free — not all of them are open source.

  • OpenOffice – not quite as advanced as Microsoft Office and doesn’t have SharePoint integration, but if that doesn’t matter then look any further (check out Novell’s version too)
  • Mozilla Firefox – just as secure as IE7 but insanely customizable. The best browsing experience available
  • Mozilla Thunderbird – outstanding customizable email (make sure you install Lightning as well)
  • Evolution – yes, it’s been ported to Windows and is an excellent corporate groupware product
  • Mozilla SunBird – if you prefer a separate application for calendaring, this is the one for you
  • Pidgin – chat on every network through one lightweight open-source program, with none of the banner ads and hoop-jumping the official clients put you through.
  • Media Player Classic – lightweight media player with lots of useful add-ins (like DVD playback)
  • The GIMP – still one of the best image editing packages out there
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack – play any media file available (includes Media Player Classic)
  • VLC Media Player – cross-platform media player and streaming server
  • MediaCoder – can convert pretty much anything to anything and back again
  • Winamp – still the best music player, in my opinion
  • RSSOwl – if you prefer a separate app to manage newsfeed/RSS/XML/Atom subscriptions, this is the one
  • Juice – any podcast, any format
  • AVG Anti-Virus – still kicking goals. Lightweight, stable and offers great real-time protection
  • AVG Anti-Spyware – manual updates required for the free version, but still very good
  • Ad-Aware Free – despite the push towards licensing, the free version is still great
  • Spybot – still free, still powerful
  • Azureus – a powerful and very advanced Java-based torrent client
  • PrimoPDF – convert pretty much anything to PDF

Source: APC Magazine

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Alla Levin

Hi, I’m Alla, a Seattle business and lifestyle content creator who can’t get enough of business innovations, arts, not ordinary people and adventures. My mission is to help you grow in your creativity, travel the world, and live life to the absolute fullest!

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Hi, I’m Alla, a Seattle business and lifestyle content creator who can’t get enough of business innovations, arts, not ordinary people and adventures. My mission is to help you grow in your creativity, travel the world, and live life to the absolute fullest!

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