The tech world is dominated with news of smartphones, tablets, and apps, but the elephant in the room goes largely unnoticed. While Microsoft seems to be the company everyone loves to hate, most people still use Windows. In fact, Windows still has a whopping 86% market share among operating systems. The next closest “competitor”: Apple, with 7.25% of the market (10% if you count iOS).
These days tablets and smartphones get all the press, but the reality is most people spend more time at their desktop computers than on their mobile devices. If you want that desktop computer to run better and work trouble-free, I found a helpful article entitled “11 tremendous free desktop utilities.” It contains a nice variety of free downloads, all designed to improve your desktop PC.
I’ve probably mentioned this before, but another great (and free) desktop download is Dropbox. It puts a folder on your computer that is accessible from anywhere. That means you can save your documents to that folder at work and then access them again at home, or on any mobile device. It’s really quite handy.
If you’d like to add any useful (and free) desktop downloads to this list, feel free to share in the comments.
If you work in an office, you probably spend most of your time using a computer. If that computer uses a Windows operating system and you enjoy saving time, I’d like to share something with you. Infoworld.com recently published a nice article listing 15 free tools for every Windows desktop. These tools “help Windows users work faster and free up time for more important things.” Who doesn’t want that?
Of course, if you use a similar tool that didn’t make this list, I’d love to hear about it. Feel free to share in the comments.
I just read an interesting article on pcworld.com entitled, “12 amazing productivity boosters.” While I think it lists some good productivity tools, it got me thinking: What makes you productive?
For example, does a good to-do list make you productive? What about a calendar? While those are most often associated with productivity, I think the productivity gains from a better to-do list or calendar are often minimal. In my opinion, productivity tools are those which help you work faster or easily accomplish difficult tasks.
For example, one of my favorite productivity tools is Dropbox, which lets me access files from any computer without emailing files around or using remote desktop. How about you? Do you have a favorite productivity tool? Feel free to share in the comments.
In the past, business applications were synonymous with high cost. Why? There weren’t any cheaper, quality options. Vendors realized this and knew they could charge high user or monthly fees. I’m blown away when I hear how much certain applications or systems cost.
I believe this practice is on its way out. The rise of web applications is slowly changing the game. These days, there are plenty of good, cheap (and sometimes free), web-based application alternatives for you to try.
Think open source software isn’t for the enterprise? Think again. There is more great open source software available to businesses now than ever before. I just ran across a great list of 75 popular open source desktop downloads on Datamation.com. Even better yet, many of them could replace expensive corporate software in your office.
However, don’t make the mistake of assuming that the only benefit of open source is free software. Open source is not only a smart business move, it is something you should carefully consider when making software purchases.