Must-Have Windows Software/Applications You Should Install First – Part 1
Bytes: Software is the backbone of any computer installation. Whether you’ve just purchased a new PC or reinstalled Windows, the first thing you’ll do is likely install all sorts of useful programs. While there are dozens of amazing Windows programs, knowing which tools are essential makes setting up a new installation easy.
Let’s step through twelve Windows apps everyone should install right away, along with alternatives for each category.
1. Internet Browser: Google Chrome
Our top pick in this category is Google Chrome. It’s still super-speedy, includes little conveniences like instantly searching Google for an image, and hosts a great library of extensions. Throw in cross-platform syncing that lets you open your desktop tabs on your phone and vice-versa, and you’ve got a fantastic browser for all purposes. Chrome isn’t without its faults, however. Plenty of people dislike Chrome, but the good news is that you have plenty of other fantastic browsers to choose from. eg
Mozilla Firefox Quantum is the latest offering from Mozilla calming that it use very little resources, so you should also give it a try.
2. Download Manager: IDM
Internet Download manager (IDM) is a download manager tool to increase download speeds by up to 5 times, resume and schedule downloads. Comprehensive error recovery and resume capability will restart broken or interrupted downloads due to lost connections, network problems, computer shutdowns, or unexpected power outages. Although it is the best download manager available but its only available for windows OS. So Linux or MAC users might hate it.
3. Cloud Storage: Google Drive
Google Drive is a cloud hosting application provided by Google. It give a new user 15GB is free storage and the storage plans are very good. You can keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos – anything. Alternate options are Mega or Dropbox
4. Media Player: VLC
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
5. Office Suite: Microsoft Office
MS Office is the leader when it comes to office work. It should be the second software package which you should install after Chrome. It has MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Dropbox & much more.
6. Image Editor: Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop Portable is a useful application which can be use for editing your photos and turn the ordinary ones into masterpieces. This impressive image editing tool has got numerous tools and a Mercury Graphics Engine. It has got endless possibilities for image manipulation and it also makes no compromises on the quality of the images.
7. Text Editor: Notepad++
Notepad ++ is a handy source code and text editor for all the developers and programmers that has got support for various languages. It provides a very wide range of productivity tools in order to ease the work. Notepad ++ lets you experiment with creating applications. It is considered as a more complex text editor which has got some additional functions as compare to the standard Notepad.
8. Security: Windows Defender
Windows Defender Antivirus delivers comprehensive, ongoing and real-time protection against software threats like viruses, malware and spyware across email, apps, the cloud and the web.
Let us know if i missed some of your favorite apps. We will update a part two of the article in coming days to explore more must have apps you should install.