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The 40 best free software applications

Everything you could ever want... for free

The web is a treasure trove is free software. But will stay true and serve its purpose? Or crash and burn your expensive system? We've rounded-up the best genuine free software and services the web has to offer.

Social networking

Social-networking solutions

Staying connected was never this easy. A multitude of services out there promise to connect you to everyone from that pesky kid you studied with in primary school, to that all important contact whose business card you lost with your wallet. Everyone it would seem is on a network and there are sites to cater to every profile. Orkut is one of the more popular sites despite controversy and security concerns dogging it. Unlike Facebook, members can visit any profile unless you are on their "Ignore List". Following criticism owing to this open policy, members can now restrict access to their pictures and scrapbook. A scrapbook is where people who visit your site can leave you messages, glitter stickers and other fun elements.

The site has introduced many innovations and new scrap alerts, glitter text, image scraps etc are all part of the deal. However, a site that is fast catching up with Orkut, in terms of popularity is Facebook. What started as a site exclusively for students is now open to people of all ages. Offering higher security and customisation levels than Orkut (you can also decide which of your friends sees what on your page, the site also offers many more features and allows many fun third party applications. These include a news feed giving updates on all your friends, photo albums, virtual gifts, events and even virtual pets. While Orkut is entirely dependant on interactivity, Facebook has scope for the user to be online just using the various applications without sending a single message.

Even games such as chess, Scrabble Hangman and trivia games are available. Right now there are more than 14,000 applications available to Facebook users. Facebook also lets you share videos. Users can add their videos by uploading them, through Facebook Mobile, or using a webcam recording feature. Users can "tag" their friends in videos just like in photos.

Worldwide, both Orkut and Facebook have more than 60 million users registered with each of them.

NEXT PAGE: We’ve taken a look at the best free system tools available on the web.

  1. Free security software
  2. More free security software and office applications
  3. Email tools
  4. Web browsers and internet tools
  5. Photo-sharing freebies
  6. Free photo editors
  7. Audio-editing tools
  8. Open-source operating systems and video tools
  9. Desktop software utilities
  10. System tools
  11. Social-networking solutions
  12. More video tools
  13. Home entertainment freebies
  14. Blogging fun
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