101 Fabulous Freebies
Dylan Tweney compiled a list of 101 fabulous freebies for the PC World website. The link above (removed) leads to the category view of all freebies that Dylan collected. Categories include Tune Up: Utilities and system tools, Lock It Up: Security/antispam tools, system-stabilizing utilities, Share It/ File sharing and storage services. All categories include program links and a short description of the program itself. Lots of known tools but also some lesser known ones and also some services are included.
This includes well known services like Wikipedia and lesser known ones like the video sharing service Vimeo. Still it's a great list and it's worth taking a look.
Update: The original list has been compiled in 2006, and while that has been more than six years ago, many of the freebies listed on the page are still available on the Internet. Some are thriving as before, while others have taken a backseat popularity wise.
The majority of freebies are made up of tools, from the popular Mozilla products Firefox and Thunderbird, to the file cleaning software CCleaner and the messaging software Skype, to OpenOffice and the Bittorrent application.
Some tools are not available anymore at all, like the MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search, while others, like MySpace, have lost the majority of their user base to other services like Facebook who have started to become increasingly popular in short time
The 17 page article lists each freebie in a short paragraph that is describing its main feature set. If you want to read all articles on one page, click on the print link on the page to do so. This opens up a new page that is listing all 17 pages of the article on one. This is obviously more comfortable to read than having to click the next button 16 times.
Update 2: The page over at PC World is no longer available and we have removed the link from the article as a consequence. Check out our Windows Software reviews as an alternative. You find daily updated reviews of the greatest free Windows programs there-Advertisement