Today, PC World, the most widely- read computer or business magazine, released "101 Fabulous Freebies" (http://find.pcworld.com/52632), a compilation of free services, downloads, and Web sites. Each product is fully functional, and is available without charge to consumers. Four services earned "PC World Best Bet" awards: Gmail, Blogger, Abilon, and Revver.
Due to the rising popularity of open source projects and advertising- supported software and Web services, no-cost products are becoming more common. PC World evaluated hundreds of downloads and services based on features, design, and performance before narrowing down the field to the final 101. Each had to be well-designed, useful, completely functional (demos, trial-ware, and shareware were not considered), and free.
The entire list of the 101 Fabulous Freebies follows; categories with a narrow focus have a designated "Best Bet" of the group. The article is featured in the May 2006 issue of PC World, on newsstands April 11.
Gmail (PC World Best Bet)
Windows Live Mail
Blogger (PC World Best Bet)
Abilon (PC World Best Bet)
Revver (PC World Best Bet)
Tune Up (Utilities and System Tools)
System Information for Windows
Microsoft Tweak UI
Find It (Online Search and Reference Services)
MSN Search Toolbar with Windows Desktop Search
Copernic Desktop Search
Free Download Manager
Roam Free (Collaboration and Remote-Access Tools)
Groove Virtual Office
Get To Work (Business and Productivity Tools)
ThinkFree Online Beta
Keep In Touch (Communications Tools and Services)
Nail it Down (Calendars and Organizers)
Share It (File Sharing and Storage Services)
Kodak EasyShare Gallery
Lock it Up (Security and Antivirus Tools)
Spybot Search & Destroy
Lavasoft Ad-Aware SE Personal
Microsoft Windows Defender
GRC Shields Up
Trend Micro Housecall
AirDefense Personal Lite
Avast Home Edition
Kick Back (Entertainment Software and Services)
Kristal Audio Engine
About PC World:
PC World Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of IDG, is the publisher of PC World, PCWorld.com (www.pcworld.com), and home of the PC World Test Center. The winner of the 2005 Maggie Award for Best Computer Magazine/Consumer, PC World is the most widely-read computer or business magazine with a readership of over 5.2 million (MRI, Fall 2005). With an average of over 6.7 million unique visitors per month (HitBox, December 2005 – February 2006), PCWorld.com, winner of the 2005 Neal Award for Best Web Site, is a leading online resource for technology product buyers and users.
International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com/.