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These pages include general notes on computer apps, a combination of tips for using apps and lists of recommended apps.
Standards - Compatibility
Alternatives for Popular Apps
Alternataives to Internet Explorer (IE) and Outlook
Microsoft's Web browser and email/address book
ActiveX and VB script in IE make it vulnerable.
Both programs are targets for hackers because of the large number of users.
Many companies are switching to Firefox by Mozilla and Google Chrome. see browsers.
It is the most popular alternative for IE and it's free. "Opera" is another popular browser.
Alternataives for Outlook (mail, calendar and contacts) include,
Thunderbird by Mozilla, Open Office (Star Office), Eudora.
Outlook has been replaced by Windows Live Mail in Windows 7.
Alternatives for Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point, ...) are open source software-
See MS Office Alternatives
Adobe Photoshop - Photoshop Elements - Gimp
InDesign - Scribus
Dreamweaver - Aptana
textedit - vim
MS Access - Libre Office Base, MySQL
Filemaker - Bento (Mac)($35), Relationship ($39)
Adobe Illustrator - Inkscape
Image - Drawing - Painting - Photo touchup
Get Version name and number of browser and OS
If This Then That (IFTTT)
Mac Software Sources
Microsoft Windows on a Mac
Windows and Mac Browsers
Amazon.com Best Sellers: Best Software
Computer Store Ratings
The Best Free Software of 2010 at PC Magazine
last updated 16 Nov 2011