Download Microsoft Windows - Best Software & Apps

  • Windows Movie Maker 2012

    16.4.3528.331

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Solid, free video editor from Microsoft

    7
    22398 votes
    • PROS: Hardware acceleration, Easy sharing to social networks, Video stabilization
    • CONS: More advanced users should look elsewhere
  • Windows 10

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    Platform
    Windows

    Windows 10 is here to change the game

    7
    11883 votes
    • PROS: Free to upgrade, Consistent across devices, A more natural, customizable experience, Spartan and Cortana allow for more natural browsing and searches
    • CONS: If your only using one device, many features will be lost on you
  • Microsoft Edge

    Windows 10

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    Platform
    Windows
    Android
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    Microsoft’s Improved Browser

    7
    1630 votes
    • PROS: Tab organization, Compatible with Microsoft Cortana, Centralized Hub and Learning Tool feature, Supports Microsoft products and other media technologies
    • CONS: Unoptimized interface with hidden URL bar, Slow web browsing, Fiddly tab management, Web engine is too similar with Google’s engine
  • Windows 7

    6.1.7601

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    Platform
    Windows

    Another Strong Entry In A Venerable Microsoft Operating System Legacy

    7
    8933 votes
    • PROS: High software compatibility, High speed, Secure and supported minimum interruptions
    • CONS: May take some learning
  • Microsoft Word 2013

    15.0.5085.1000

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    Windows
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    iPhone

    One of the best word processors gets even better

    6
    12363 votes
    • PROS: Ribbon interface is easier to navigate, Performance improvements all around, Great reading mode, Documents and settings synced with Skydrive, Easy photo import
    • CONS: No Windows XP support, No escape from the ribbon interface, Some tools are hard to find
  • Microsoft Excel 2013

    16.0.6769.2017

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    Windows
    Android
    iPhone

    Smarter and easier workbooks

    6
    3754 votes
    • PROS: Quick analysis suggests best way to present data, Redesigned interface makes it easier to use, Insert photos from online sources, Automatic pivot table creation, Helpful error messages
    • CONS: Still intimidating to the novice
  • DirectX 11

    11.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The essential driver for Windows gamers

    7
    2009 votes
    • PROS: Improved visual and audio performance, Easy to install, Noticeable change in your games
    • CONS: All behind the scenes, so not that exciting
  • Skype for Windows 10

    14.34.81.0

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    Platform
    Windows

    Video chat, texting and instant messaging in one

    7
    1795 votes
    • PROS: Supports video chats, texting and instant messaging, High quality video chats, Automatically imports contacts from Microsoft accounts, Lots of emoticons, Free group video calls and screen sharing
    • CONS: Interface looks a bit sparse, Contacts may need editing after importing
  • Office 2013 Service Pack 1

    (64-bit)

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    Platform
    Windows

    Improve security, performance and stability of Microsoft Office 2013

    7
    119 votes
    • Internet Explorer 8

      (XP, Vista) 8

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Microsoft gets back on track with a promising web browser

      7
      6113 votes
      • PROS: Standard compliant, Interesting new features: Accelerators, Web Clips, New InPrivate browsing, Protection against online scams and malware
      • CONS: Accelerators are tied to Microsoft's online services, Privacy issues in Suggested sites
    • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

      15.0.4420.1017

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      Windows
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      Create presentations with ease

      6
      10854 votes
      • PROS: Useful prompter for secondary monitors, Pulls in photos and video from online services, Useful welcome screen, Save, share, and collaborate in the cloud, Ribbon and tools aren't distracting
      • CONS: Could be more streamlined for novices, Photo editing feels tacked on
    • Microsoft Publisher 2013

      15.0.4420.1017

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      Platform
      Windows

      Create publications with ease

      6
      1687 votes
      • PROS: Create and publish print documents with ease, Easily find pictures from sites such as Facebook and Flickr, Automatically save to cloud storage, Included in all PC versions of Office 2013
      • CONS: New clip art cannot be accessed when offline
    • Microsoft Access 2013

      15.0.4420.1017

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      Platform
      Windows

      Turn your database into an Access web app

      6
      949 votes
      • PROS: Easily create Access apps from templates, Access apps function as a SharePoint, Share data with SkyDrive across the cloud, Can import Access 2010 and Excel files
      • CONS: Removed some Query designs and Upsizing Wizard, Less focus on traditional databases
    • Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection

      8.0.0

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Connect to a Windows based computer from your Mac

      7
      41 votes
      • PROS: Easy to setup and connect, Lots of configuration preferences, Slick new interface
      • CONS: Not as functional as Windows version, Connections can be unstable
    • Windows Media Creation Tool

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      The official tool for installing Windows 10

      7
      54 votes
      • PROS: A single solution for any type of upgrade, It guides you through all the steps
      • CONS: Offers few configuration options, Very little information, especially when there is an error
    • Microsoft Office 2016

      15.31

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      Platform
      Mac

      Updated Tool for Windows Users

      8
      28 votes
      • PROS: Comes with integrated business intelligence, Packed with great features
      • CONS: Real time editing not yet available, Only feasible for corporate use
    • EasyBCD

      2.2

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A free duel-booting tool for your Windows PC

      7
      278 votes
      • PROS: May be used as part of your disaster recovery process, Great for backing up and repairing your bootloader
      • CONS: It offers solutions to problems that already have solutions, The free version has no instruction manual
    • Office Home & Student 2016

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      Platform
      Windows

      Microsoft is modernizing their office and yours

      6
      1038 votes
      • PROS: Good for power users, Tell Me is incredibly useful, New colors are aesthetically pleasing
      • CONS: Just an incremental change for most users
    • Internet Explorer 6

      6-service-pack-1-sp1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Software for Microsoft Users

      6
      618 votes
      • PROS: Stable and reliable, Free to download and use
      • CONS: Only suitable for Windows users, Can be tricky to install
    • Audio driver for Microsoft Windows 7

      2.52

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Download Audio driver for Microsoft Windows*

      9
      17 votes
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