Download Windows Development - Best Software & Apps

  • XAMPP Windows

    7.2.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Upload your work locally for free with this superb tool

    7
    1569 votes
    • PROS: All-in-one app, Free, Good online community
    • CONS: Not for beginners, Help is just ok
  • Arduino IDE

    varies-with-device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Great programming software for beginners

    8
    45 votes
    • PROS: Sleek interface design, Active community, Lots of templates, Cross-platform
    • CONS: Uploading takes time, Cannot change font style, Quick buttons cannot be added, No line number indicator
  • Virtual Router Manager

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A free, open source router for PCs running Windows 7 and 8

    7
    344 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Perfect for non-experts, View wifi connections
    • CONS: Not compatible with XP or Vista, Absolutely no options
  • Vysor - Android control on PC

    1.0.0.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    Mac

    Put your Android operating system on Windows

    8
    27 votes
    • PROS: You may use a keyboard to interact with your phone, Point and click on your phone using this app
    • CONS: You have to give this app a lot of permissions, Users have to pay a subscription
  • WAMPServer

    d (64 bit) 2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A GPL License Free Windows Web Development Environment

    7
    578 votes
    • PROS: You have a massive amount of control via the WAMPServer software functionalities, Tune your server without touching your setting files, A playground for app developers
    • CONS: Non-app developers will have no idea what this is or what it does, There are no technical manuals to explain the installation in detail, They do not explain why it is free and/or why they do not ask for payment at any point
  • Genymotion

    2.6.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A quick and powerful Android emulator for Windows

    7
    673 votes
    • PROS: Very fast, Easy to use and configure, The emulation works well, Advanced debug features
    • CONS: Some stability problems may still occur
  • JavaExe

    3.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Launch your Java application as a Windows file (if you know how)

    9
    1769 votes
    • PROS: Really easy to use once you've read the instrutions
    • CONS: Not intuitive
  • Xming

    6.9.0.31

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Run This Display Server For Free On Windows

    8
    24 votes
    • PROS: It is easy to make it portable, Fantastic free X server, Has MinGW compiler suite
    • CONS: Non-programmers and/or non-IT scholars will have no idea what this is, Not as configurable as Cygwin/X, Have to pay if you wish to use it commercially
  • GitHub for Windows

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A must have for developers and creators

    6
    316 votes
    • PROS: Vast community of creators, developers and professionals along with massive repositories of existing code to draw on, Slick user interface allow for easy access to all of GitHub's libraries, forums and your own projects, Versioning and repository controls make sure that you can monitor changes, review the most current versions and make sure that you create that perfectly working code
    • CONS: Filled with official and validated Microsoft scripting solutions, No tutorial , Exclusive to Microsoft
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection

    8.0.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Connect to a Windows based computer from your Mac

    7
    34 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
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2008

    Express 9.021022.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free Windows application creator for personal computers

    6
    455 votes
    • PROS: There is absolutely no charge to install Microsoft Visual C 2008, It provides the user with access to a host of automated tools and functions
    • CONS: Users will still need to have some previous coding experience, It is not as advanced as more modern software
  • SQL Server

    2000

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A great database server for old computers

    6
    123 votes
    • PROS: Can support a lot of users, Provides protection
    • CONS: Resource-heavy for old computers, Difficult installation
  • EditPlus

    4.0

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Windows

    EditPlus text and HTML Editor for Windows

    7
    151 votes
    • Remote Desktop for Windows 10

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Free Remote PC to PC connection software

      7
      23 votes
      • PROS: Easy to set up, Access your home PC from anywhere, Get remote IT support
      • CONS: It doesn't make coffee
    • Digital Mars C/C++ Compiler

      8.52

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Fully Equipped Windows Environment Compiler

      6
      56 votes
      • PROS: Comprehensive and effective compilation, Frequently updated compiler
      • CONS: Not a widely used compiler, Library linking issues cannot be ruled out
    • Cygwin

      1.7.17

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      Tools and utilities to emulate Linux in Windows

      7
      109 votes
      • Resource Hacker

        3.4.0.79

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A free resource editing tool for 32bit and 64bit Windows

        7
        121 votes
        • PROS: A very lightweight and free program, The tutorials show you how to use the program
        • CONS: A manual or full user guide would have been nice, It is pretty ugly looking
      • XML Notepad

        2007 1.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Microsoft’s Basic Programming Platform

        7
        60 votes
        • PROS: Access XML documents, Support other text documents, Comes with programming language tools, Develop programs easier
        • CONS: Way complex compared to Notepad and Notepad++, May not be updated, Visually confusing, May not support all programming languages or commands
      • SuperScan

        4.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        One of the fastest and most powerful TCP port scanners

        7
        96 votes
        • PROS: Scans fast, Has a lot of tools, No installation required, Interface is simple
        • CONS: A bit difficult to understand, No help files available
      • MySQL Administrator

        1.1.9

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A free Development program for Windows

        6
        110 votes
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