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The best Windows software to download for PC: video, tools, file management, etc.

Every month we introduce you to new original Windows software that could make your life easier. In December, the Mixxx program is in the spotlight.

Everyone has different needs, but regardless, these different software have a great chance of serving you one day on Windows 10 and Windows 11 . In this article, we present the “essentials” to browse the web, work or communicate as comfortably as possible with your PC.

For certain uses, we offer several different programs: generally, a single browser and a single software to manage your emails are sufficient. However, when there are several relatively interesting alternatives, we present them to you so that you can choose according to your preferences.

The December recce of the month from the editorial staff: Mixxx

With Mixxx, you can start mixing your first musical creations on PC using the 4 virtual turntables. The BPM of the tracks is identified automatically and an Auto DJ function allows you to perform cross fades in the titles of your playlist. A Beat Looping is also present, as well as the Crossfader effect. Even if it is not as complete as Traktor or Virtual DJ, Mixxx is more than enough to start, and why not prepare your sets for the New Year.

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Mixxx
Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, Mixxx is a free software for DJs, which allows you to virtualize turntables in order to chain musical titles and mix them easily and quickly.
  • Downloads: 226
  • Release date: 09/29/2021
  • Author: Mixxx Development Team
  • License: Free Software
  • Categories: Audio
  • Operating system: Linux – Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 – macOS

NB: we also invite you to read this article to learn how to use night lighting on Windows 10 to reduce visual fatigue .

Surf the Web

Impossible to browse the Internet without using a web browser: there are several competing on the market, sometimes with different arguments. You already have Microsoft Edge , integrated in Windows 10, we present 3 more, to allow you to choose yours according to your priorities (speed, protection of privacy, etc.).

Google Chrome

It is one of the most popular: Google Chrome is a web browser known for its speed and efficiency. You can customize it easily thanks to the available extensions.

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Google Chrome
Fast, efficient, powerful and offering many additional features and extensions, Google Chrome is the most popular and therefore the most downloaded free web browser.
  • Downloads: 54025
  • Release date: 01/11/2022
  • Author: Google
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Internet
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Windows – Windows Portable – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox has gone through the years keeping the reputation of a reliable, secure and functional browser.

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Mozilla Firefox
Take advantage of a secure and fast browser to comfortably browse the Internet with complete peace of mind. With its intuitive and customizable interface, Firefox is one of the most widely used web browsers in the world.
  • Downloads: 133548
  • Release date: 01/14/2022
  • Author: Mozilla Foundation
  • License: Free Software
  • Categories: Internet
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Windows 10/11 – Windows 32 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows 64 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows Portable – XP /Vista/7/8/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Brave

If you value privacy, bet on Brave, which also allows you to avoid annoying ads on the Internet and save time in your research.

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Brave Browser
Brave Browser is all about protecting the privacy of its users. Although the browser tries to block all ads and trackers by default, it uses an interesting way for users to compensate the creators.
  • Downloads: 784
  • Release date: 01/12/2022
  • Author: Brave Software Inc.
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Internet
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Windows – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Protect your system

A computer needs to be protected if you want it to always stay responsive and not slow down over weeks, months and years from malware and spyware. Some antivirus programs help you do this intuitively, without knowing the technical aspects of computing.

Avast

It’s the best-known free antivirus after Windows Defender built into Windows 10, if you ever prefer it over the Microsoft version for some reason. For example, it offers a feature to check if all your software installed on the PC is up to date.

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Avast Free Antivirus
Enjoy free, effective real-time protection against viruses, malware, malware, and web threats with Avast Free Antivirus.
  • Downloads: 1247374
  • Release date: 07/01/2022
  • Author: AVAST Software
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Security
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Malware Bytes

Where an antivirus can show its limits, Malware Bytes is effective: this software effectively detects malware likely to install itself on your computer without your knowledge and to annoy you. Scan regularly to better protect yourself.

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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
Install Malwarebytes on your PC to detect and destroy potentially dangerous threats, block fraudulent and unwanted software, and protect vulnerable systems.
  • Downloads: 20081
  • Release date: 09/12/2021
  • Author: Malwarebytes
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Security
  • Operating system: Android – Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Manage your emails

Many people go directly to Gmail or Yahoo Mail to manage their messages. But if you have several mailboxes that you want to manage simultaneously or if you have a personalized email associated with an account on a host, for example, it may be useful to use a dedicated application to view and send your messages.

Outlook

Available with Office 365, Outlook is the messaging service developed by Microsoft, very versatile, with a rather pleasant and intuitive interface.

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Outlook
Microsoft Outlook offers an efficient way to organize your inbox and combines the power of Microsoft’s great email services.
  • Downloads: 71128
  • Release date: 01/13/2022
  • Author: Microsoft
  • License: Commercial License
  • Categories: Office – Communication
  • Operating system: Android – Windows 10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad / Apple Watch – macOS

Thunderbird

Developed by Mozilla, Thunderbird is a 100% free and very easy to configure software to manage your emails.

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Mozilla Thunderbird
Mozilla Thunderbird is a free email program that offers a range of options for PC users. It allows you to integrate multiple mailboxes with SMTP or POP protocols.
  • Downloads: 25396
  • Release date: 01/11/2022
  • Author: Mozilla
  • License: Free Software
  • Categories: Internet – Communication
  • Operating system: Linux – Windows 32 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows 64 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows Portable – XP/Vista/7/8/ 10/11 – macOS

Organize video calls

Video calls are often essential for maintaining contact, both when working from home and when living away from family.

Skype

The Skype software presents itself as the oldest and best-known solution for video calls, a free must-have for everyday use (some options are chargeable, but the free version allows you to make hassle-free video calls).

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Skype
Skype allows you to call your contacts and video chat with them, as well as make calls to landlines or mobiles. It is also capable of organizing conference calls and group video calls.
  • Downloads: 34318
  • Release date: 17/12/2021
  • Author: Microsoft
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Internet – Communication
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Online service All Internet browsers – Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Zoom

The use of Zoom has become more popular more recently. This is a particularly interesting application for grouping several people on the same call, in order to organize a conference at work or a group call with the family, in particular.

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Zoom
Stay connected wherever you go. Start or join a 100-person meeting with crystal-clear face-to-face video, high-quality screen sharing, and instant messaging—all for free!
  • Downloads: 1886
  • Release date: 29/12/2021
  • Author: zoom.us
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Internet – Communication – Productivity
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Online service All Internet browsers – Windows – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Send instant messages

Livelier than exchanges by e-mail and pleasant to use for dialogue between colleagues and friends alike, instant messaging applications often remain essential.

WhatsApp for pc

In order to save time, the WhatsApp you use on your smartphone may be available as a Windows application. Thus, you can reply to your contacts simply from your computer.

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WhatsApp
Write and send messages to your friends and contacts from your mobile phone and view and access your WhatsApp directly from your computer.
  • Downloads: 6267
  • Release date: 01/12/2022
  • Author: WhatsApp
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Communications
  • Operating system: Android – Online service All Internet browsers – Windows 10/11 – Windows 32 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows 64 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – iOS iPhone – macOS

Google Hangouts

Do you use Google Hangouts messaging instead? In this case, the service is also available to trade live on PC.

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Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a well-designed cross-platform messaging service that offers text, audio, and video in one easy-to-use app.
  • Downloads: 148
  • Release date: 01/10/2022
  • Author: Google
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Internet – Communication
  • Operating system: Android – Online service All Internet browsers – iOS iPhone / iPad

Best Office Programs

Whether it’s typing text, building a document or brochure for work, creating a table or reading a PDF document, you definitely need office software.

Microsoft Office 365

The Microsoft Office suite integrates the famous Word and Excel, but also other services such as PowerPoint, Outlook or Microsoft OneNote.

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Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 is a Microsoft Office collaboration and productivity tool for use through the cloud. As Microsoft 365 uses the cloud, everything is synchronized automatically between your different devices.
  • Downloads: 1152
  • Release date: 01/12/2022
  • Author: Microsoft
  • License: Commercial License
  • Categories: Office – Productivity
  • Operating system: Android – Online service All Internet browsers – Windows – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

LibreOffice

If you are looking for a free alternative to Microsoft Office, you can download Libre Office, an open source solution with a word processor, a spreadsheet, a tool to create slideshows… A comparable alternative to Microsoft Office, which costs you nothing here.

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LibreOffice
LibreOffice is a free suite of office applications for creating text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more, which you can then save in Microsoft Office format.
  • Downloads: 121403
  • Release date: 06/01/2022
  • Author: The Document Foundation
  • License: Free Software
  • Categories: Office
  • Operating system: Linux – Windows 32 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows 64 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – macOS

Adobe Reader

To easily view all your PDF documents, download Adobe Reader, which also lets you add notes and comments – or even sign documents .

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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is the essential tool for your PDFs. You will be able to read, print, comment, digitally sign, convert PDF files and fill out the forms they contain.
  • Downloads: 232035
  • Release date: 01/14/2022
  • Author: Adobe Systems Incorporated
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Office
  • Operating system: Android – Windows – Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Prioritize tasks and take notes

On your PC, you can find a few tools that make it easy to prioritize the work you have to do or take notes. Software that logically contributes to improving your productivity.

Evernote

Evernote is a particularly popular solution for anyone looking for a simple yet versatile note-taking tool.

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Evernote
Evernote is a powerful and fast tool that lets you create, update, and sync notes and clips from your desktop, and it can sync with a cloud account from any device imaginable.
  • Downloads: 6881
  • Release date: 05/01/2022
  • Author: Evernote
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Office
  • Operating system: Android – Online service All Internet browsers – Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Microsoft OneNote

Microsoft Office Notepad offers many features. It can even facilitate collaborative work if it is made available to several people at the same time.

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Microsoft OneNote
Microsoft OneNote is the note-taking application developed by Microsoft. Free, this small digital notepad can be used alone or within the Microsoft 365 offer.
  • Downloads: 186
  • Release date: 01/14/2022
  • Author: Microsoft Corporation
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Office
  • Operating system: Android – Online service All Internet browsers – Windows 10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad / Apple Watch – macOS

Best Software for Viewing Videos or Listening to Music

Whether it’s the “souvenir” films or videos that you keep on your PC, you need suitable software to play them, here is what to supplement or replace Windows Media Player .

VLC

VLC Media Player remains the best-known program for playing media on PC. It is both fast and compatible with many formats (video AND audio).

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VLC media player
With VLC Media Player you will be able to play all audio or video files without additional codecs, in real time and in streaming, with the possibility of adding subtitle tracks.
  • Downloads: 176990
  • Release date: 05/01/2022
  • Author: VideoLAN
  • License: Free Software
  • Categories: Audio – Multimedia – Video
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Windows 32 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows 64 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows Portable – XP/Vista/7/ 8/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Kodi

Also free software, Kodi allows you to stream media on your local network and has extensions for several services such as YouTube or Spotify. Requires a bit of setup to get its full potential.

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Kodi
Kodi is a media player that can be streamed over your local network, with add-ons for popular streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube.
  • Downloads: 1727
  • Release date: 24/10/2021
  • Author: XBMC
  • License: Free Software
  • Categories: Multimedia
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Windows 32 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows 64 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

Media Player Classic

Even if the interface is not the most successful among the many multimedia players, MPC-HC alias Media Player Classic (Home Cinema) is a light alternative solution in case of reading concern.

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MPC-HC – Media Player Classic (Home Cinema)
Media Player Classic Home Cinema is a free software that plays videos. It’s a Windows Media Player alternative that plays just about all types of audio and video files, including DVDs and Blu-Rays.
  • Downloads: 3323
  • Release date: 14/12/2021
  • Author: MPC-HC Team
  • License: Free Software
  • Categories: Multimedia – Video
  • Operating System: Windows Portable – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11

Compress and decompress archives

Unpacking software helps you to read the files in an archive, while the “compression” function makes it easier for you to send large files to other people, for example.

7-Zip

Totally free, 7-Zip is relatively simple to use, although it is in English. It is compatible with many archive formats, which makes it a very efficient program.

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7-zip
7-Zip is a utility program that is used to compress and decompress files in a wide variety of digital archive formats (ZIP, RAR, 7ZIP, etc.).
  • Downloads: 52443
  • Release date: 26/12/2021
  • Author: 7-zip
  • License: Free Software
  • Categories: Office – Utilities
  • Operating system: Linux – Windows 32 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows 64 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows Portable – XP/Vista/7/8/ 10/11

WinZip

WinZip is paid software, but you can try its trial version.

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WinZip
WinZip is a compression, encryption, processing and file sharing tool, it can process files in digital archive format, and in particular the famous file in ZIP format that it created.
  • Downloads: 582212
  • Release date: 17/12/2021
  • Author: Corel Corporation
  • License: Demonstration
  • Categories: Utilities
  • Operating system: Android – Windows 64 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

WinRAR

WinRAR is a handy software for compressing and decompressing in many formats. You can download and use its free version indefinitely, you just have to close the window regularly prompting you to buy the license.

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WinRAR
With WinRAR take full control of RAR and ZIP archives (with support for password protection and splitting into multiple files), while unpacking a dozen other archive formats.
  • Downloads: 242859
  • Release date: 11/12/2021
  • Author: RARLAB
  • License: Demonstration
  • Categories: Utilities
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Windows 32 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – Windows 64 bits – XP/Vista/7/8/10/11 – macOS

Retouch photos

In order to make a “pell-mell” montage, to retouch a horizon line that is not straight or to remove eyes reddened by a flash, no need to put your hand in your pocket for a Photoshop license , you need one of these software.

phot filter

Among the free and easy-to-use software for neophytes, Photofiltre is the most suitable for routine use, when you don’t have much knowledge of photo editing.

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photofilter
PhotoFiltre is a complete image editing program. PhotoFiltre lets you make simple or advanced adjustments to an image and apply a wide range of filters to it.
  • Downloads: 19432
  • Release date: 02/27/2015
  • Author: Antonio Da Cruz
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Multimedia – Photo
  • Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10/11

Paint.NET

Paint.NET is slightly less demanding than Photofiltre on functionalities. It allows more basic edits, with an extremely simple interface. Perfect for computer beginners.

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Paint.NET
Paint.NET is a comprehensive image and photo editing program that gives you tons of tools to work with through an intuitive and streamlined interface.
  • Downloads: 32761
  • Release date: 05/01/2022
  • Author: dotPDN
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Photo
  • Operating System: Windows 10/11 – Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11

Luminar AI

Thanks to artificial intelligence, you can achieve amazing retouching without special knowledge, using the Luminar AI program.

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Luminar AI
A fully automated photo and image editor thanks to the development of specialized artificial intelligence. Luminar AI makes professional photo editing accessible to everyone, even beginners.
  • Downloads: 1659
  • Release date: 11/11/2021
  • Author: Skylum
  • License: Commercial License
  • Categories: Photo
  • Operating system: Windows 10/11 – macOS

Back up your files online

To avoid losing all your data due to a technical problem or a handling error, we encourage you to save it online with one of these solutions.

Dropbox

Dropbox is a well-known online storage service, you can facilitate your backups on it using the eponymous software.

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Dropbox
Dropbox is a popular service that lets you easily sync files between computers or smartphones, share them with others, and create backups.
  • Downloads: 1238
  • Release date: 01/12/2022
  • Author: Dropbox
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Internet – Productivity
  • Operating system: Android – Linux – Online service All Internet browsers – Windows – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

OneDrive

If you have cloud storage space with a Microsoft Office account, you can choose OneDrive, which is quite intuitive and easy to configure in Windows 10.

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Microsoft OneDrive
Microsoft OneDrive lets you back up and share your documents, photos, and other files from your Android device, computer (PC or Mac), and any other device you use.
  • Downloads: 346
  • Release date: 01/14/2022
  • Author: Microsoft Corporation
  • License: Free License
  • Categories: Office – Internet – Productivity
  • Operating system: Android – Online service All Internet browsers – Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 – iOS iPhone / iPad – macOS

You won’t necessarily need to download all of this software exhaustively, but the majority will be indispensable to you in many circumstances. If you have a problem with any of these or any other request for help, feel free to seek advice in the software support forums.

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