A good extensive list of freeware alternatives was published recently on the Neowin forum. The applications are sorted in to categories like CD/DVD Burning, Encryption, Data Security and Instant Messengers. All in all more than two hundred applications in 43 categories. If you are looking for special freeware tools make sure you take a look at the the forum thread as it may suggest freeware applications that may provide you exactly with what you are looking for.
Windows users should keep in mind though that the list has been published in 2005, and that some of the programs listed there are either not available anymore at all, not compatible with more recent versions of the Windows operating system, or put on ice and without updates for some time.
With that out of the way, it is still a great list pointing to many programs in the freeware sector that are still around and updated regularly.
If you are looking for an alternative, I suggest you check out Alternative To which suggests freeware and Open Source programs for applications that you search for on the site. If you search for Microsoft Office for instance, you get a list of alternatives that include Open Office or Google Docs.
If you do not have a particular application in mind, you can use the category browser at the top, or the new and popular listing on the frontpage to get suggestions this way.
It is also important to note that Alternative To is not only covering Windows freeware and alternatives, but also freeware for other desktop and mobile operating systems, as well as online applications.
It is all in all definitely one of the most popular destinations for users looking for software and application alternatives. Plus, results are always up to date, and you get user comments and reviews as well, which can help you determine if a program is worth your while.
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