Yeah, we know it, the future of software is online, but that doesn’t spell the end of Softonic, quite the opposite we believe, actually. David Weiss of Tzunami compiled a great list of 100 free webware in all sorts of areas like calendars, file-sharing, password management or imaging. For some tasks, like emailing, bookmarking or RSS, it’s been a long time since online apps were better than their desktop counterparts, however for video, audio or even text editing, I still think you need good proper software like iTunes, VLC or Office installed to get the job done correctly.
Of all the webware available here I can say I’m already hooked on Google Maps, Del.icio.us, Pandora and Todoist and really impressed by the mashup tools and organizers like Basecamp or Backpack. The trick I believe, is to get a good mix between online and desktop apps in your everyday PC usage.