Welcome to Free Software News, the place where you'll be able to find all of the recent news and reviews of applications that you might want to consider installing onto your computer. We want to make the decision easier for you - we realise how difficult it can be to look through many different tools all of which are developed to perform the same job so instead of wasting time, you just want to know which ones run the best and offer the best value. We're going to give our impressions of a number of applications now so read on if you want to know more.
Best Internet Browser: Google Chrome
If you've been looking for a new browser to replace the default Internet Explorer (which the majority of people think performs really badly), then you may have come across many different options. The most popular ones are Firefox, Safari and Google Chrome, all of which do the job but only one can be classed as "the best". In our opinion at least, Chrome is the best because of its speed - it can load webpages much more efficiently than the others can. Another benefit of it is that it can sync all of your tabs, browsing history and saved passwords to that if you have multiple devices, you can login on each and restore your session very easily. This is something that none of the others can offer at the moment and is great because it saves you tons of time. The only thing that some people might be concerned about is the privacy issue, as all of your information is stored on Google servers. Of course, this feature is entirely optional anyway.
Best PDF Reader: Nuance PDF Reader
These days, one of the most common type of document you'll have to open is a PDF document. These are uneditable and are often used by companies for invoices, reports that don't need to be altered and maybe even eBooks if you enjoy reading these. You're going to need an application that can display these in a manor that you enjoy. Some people tend to stick to the default Adobe Reader app that comes with the Windows operating system but this isn't something we can recommend personally. There are others than can provide much more whilst remaining free of charge to install, such as the one that we recommend called Nuance PDF Reader. You can open up these types of documents, even ones that are password protected (assuming you have the password). The moral of the story is not to settle for less, you can get a much better experience just by looking around. You can download this from the majority of download sites, we'd recommend AXT.
Best Office Suite: LibreOffice
The office suite that pretty much everyone will know by now is Microsoft Office, it is a package that includes a lot of tools for both businesses and individuals to manage their finances and reports. It does the job well, but the only problem is that it's very costly to install. If you have a large number of computers you could spend thousands of dollars just on this one tool which really isn't very good at all, so you might want to consider others if you don't have the money available. The one that we'd suggest is LibreOffice, a free open source alternative available. It is the successor of OpenOffice, a tool which had millions of users supporting in the past but the development stopped after it was taken over by another company. LibreOffice was based on the source code for it and has quickly become the better version of it, so this is something you should really be looking at. It includes a lot of the same features that you'd be able to get from Microsoft's software so you don't need to worry about this.