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The 10 hottest Five Apps lists of 2011

The year's top posts cover everything from Office add-ons, free AV tools, and HTML editors to Windows gadgets, simple backup apps, and Android keyboards.

It's been four months since this blog launched, and it has already generated a substantial archive of posts on timesaving tools, labor-saving add-ons, and money-saving solutions. We've covered apps for all kinds of systems, platforms, and devices. There are apps for field techs, net admins, consultants, developers, Web designers, end users, and road warriors. There are apps for clueless newbies, power users, rookie techs, and seasoned IT pros. Check out this list of the most popular posts and see what's out there for you.

1: Five Microsoft apps that will change IT

Microsoft has some potential game-changers on the horizon that could dramatically affect the company's role in the enterprise.

2: Five Windows defraggers that won't tie newbies into knots

Defrag tools tend to intimidate nontechnical users. But these defraggers are easy to use -- and some have a nice selection of top-end features, to boot.

3: Five top alternatives to Microsoft Outlook

If you're looking for an email client to replace Outlook, you're in luck: Many solid alternatives are available. Jack Wallen lists five top contenders.

4: Five feature-rich Web browsers for the Android platform

Want more than basic browsing on your Android device? Here are five alternatives with enough features to satisfy nearly everyone.

5: The five best emergency toolkit apps to have in the field

Maybe you can't anticipate every type of tech crisis you're going to run into. But these five recovery tools will help you resolve a lot of dicey problems.

6: Five free replacements for Windows Explorer

If you've ever wished for more or better file management features than Windows Explorer offers, these free alternatives might be the answer.

7: Five free tools to keep your Windows PC running malware-free

You know you have to stay on top of those insidious malware threats, but what's the most effective (and affordable) solution? Here are some good choices to consider.

8: Five free antivirus tools for Windows

The field of AV solutions has gotten crowded, making it tough to sort through your options. These five free tools are worth a look.

9: Five free, dead-easy IP traffic monitoring tools

When you really need to know what's going on with your network, give one of these free monitors a try.

10: Five image editors for graphics novices

Today's image editing apps tend to be pretty sophisticated, with more bells and whistles than everyone needs or wants. Here are a few simpler alternatives.

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Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.

4 comments
BALTHOR
BALTHOR

There's a new MP4 or Mpeg 4 or .m4a file format out there for audio or video or something.I downloaded a London Symphony album and it's in that file format.My goal is to make an audio DVD.In the web search for audio DVD software they talk about fitting thousands of hours on a single DVD.The DVD can be played even in you TV DVD player.I tried just the audio files in the TV DVD player and the player said "These files won't work here at all--ever---grrrrr".All of the information that I could find on this brand new file format was for file converters.Nobody's audio DVD program accommodated the Mpeg 4 .m4a new file type.You can start an audio file in full page Windows media player and with some fidgeting they can be recorded on to CD's.In the past I have noted that not all audio or video files will work in the Windows OS and they're the ones that invented the file types.Merry Christmas.

BALTHOR
BALTHOR

It says free in the search engine but it's only free for thirty days.If I try to remove it,parts of it still remain.It even says "We couldn't get it all out"!I'm into the virtual package idea.The software program is in the app icon.It doesn't put any files anywhere else in the computer.

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