According to a recent study by DataMonitor, the global software market will have a value of $457 billion dollars. Yet aside from the extra premium I’m paying for Windows or OSX, I don’t see any need to reach deeper into my pockets to get the software I need.
In the past eight years, I’ve been through more than six different computers, from netbooks to laptops to desktops to tablets. Like decorating a new home, I find it impossible to adjust to a new computer without procuring the necessary fixtures to my digital environment. Here are the ones I’ve found most essential, reliable, and, of course, completely free.