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The 10 hottest Five Apps lists of 2012

The most popular Five Apps lists of 2012 tend to focus on Microsoft Windows and Office - how to make them better, safer or obsolete.

We have covered a broad range of topics with the Five Apps Blog in 2012, but Windows and Office continue to dominate the popularity contest. Which only makes sense because they are the apps we use most often in business and they are the apps that we most want to work better.

Here are the ten most popular Five App Blog posts in 2012 according to Google Analytics:

1. Five apps for crapware cleanup

You don't have to put up with the aggravation of crapware. Here are several effective tools for removing it from your Windows PC.

2. Five free Windows registry cleaners to keep your system running smoothly

If you decide to use a registry cleaner, make sure you choose one that's reliable and safe. Here are some excellent options.

3. Five free network monitoring tools

Among the wide array of network and system monitors, you'll find several that do what the pricier tools do - for free.

4. Five must-have apps for your USB stick

Don't get caught out in the field without the tools you need. A USB stick equipped with a few essential apps might just save the day.

5. 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.

6. Five cool Windows 7 docks to sharpen up your desktop

Enhance the functionality and convenience of your Windows 7 desktop and add some visual pizzazz with these easy-to-use docks.

7. Five tips for managing calendars in Outlook 2010

Outlook 2010 introduced some calendar enhancements that make it easier to stay on top of your appointments and coordinate the schedules of everyone on your team. Here's a quick look at how to take advantage of these features.

8. Five tips for working with headers and footers in Word 2010

Headers and footers can make documents easier to navigate and more professional looking. And despite what some users think, they're pretty easy to set up. Here are a few timesaving basics.

9. Five apps to help you clean up your Android device

Keeping your Android devices clean will help free up space, prevent slowdowns, and ensure that you have enough system resources for smooth operation.

10. Five portable antivirus and antimalware tools to carry with you at all times

Jack Wallen lists his five favorite portable antivirus / antimalware tools - the tools you keep handy for that inevitable security emergency.

2013?

We welcome suggestions for applications and topics you would like us to explore in 2013. Have you been contemplating a certain class of app lately?

About

Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

2 comments
DarkFire21
DarkFire21

Hi all, Some good Top-5's would be: 1. Linux distro's that fit your USB stick and used for emergency(i.e non bootable disk) 2. Web-based IDE's 3. Non tech books that every programmer should read. Sorry, if some of them are already mentioned. I have been a member for less than a year. Merry Christmas.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Have you been contemplating a certain class of app lately?