The Best Free Software of 2009

The best things in life often actually are free. Here, a list of 173 of the best things in life—free software, for launching apps, networking, backup, synchronization, entertainment, and more.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Why pay? You’ve already shelled out money for a computer, so there’s no reason that what’s running on that pricey PC should cost a darn thing. Not in this day and age of amazing freebie software and Web apps. That’s why every year PCMag.com presents a look at the best programs you can download or access online at no cost. All are worthy replacements for your ancient and sometimes forgotten desktop applications, and they’ll save you thousands of dollars to boot.

We’ve even made it easy for you to sort through this list, by including the best of the best in our Hall of Fame—just look for the icon next to names like Audacity and Thunderbird. But it’s impossible for us to find all of the free apps, much less try them all out to find the most effective or most useful. Did we miss a free app that you can’t live without? Share your favorites at a special posting site on our AppScout blog, Your Favorite Free Software.

Read the rest at PCMAG.com

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