So how come so many people I talk to about computers thinks that if you don’t buy your software then it must be no good, or a least lack some features.
Let’s first begin with the Antivirus I use on all my home computers. Avast which can be found at AVAST.COM.
Using this FREE antivirus program will save you from ever having to pay for another update. This program updates almost every other day with new virus signatures. So why does a company like this give away their program? I really think the first reason is that they want to keep viruses off the Internet. Another reason is that they want you to spread the word about how your computer stays free of viruses and maybe the computer you work for will buy their business edition.
Another great FREE Office replacement is Open Office which can be downloaded for FREE at: Openoffice.org.
This is a FREE Word Processor, Spread Sheet and Presentation Programs. I have read that some of the programmers on this project work for some of the major companies writing code for their office packages. Why is it FREE? Because there are folks out there that enjoy writing code, this is how they relax. This program is great I have written a entire book using it.
Here is a list of some more great programs you can use for FREE to do what you do now but loose no MONEY. Just search for these on Google.
Picasa: Use this to manage and edit all your digital photos.
Gimp: More advanced photo editor (Feels like Photoshop)
Thunder Bird: E-Mail client (Feels like Outlook)
Turbo Cash: Finance Software (Feels like Quicken)
Keynote: Use this for all your Note Taking and Ideas.
All of this software is FREE and has a very large community that support and report any bugs for the products. When you need an application look first towards Open Source Software.