12 must-have cross-platform applications


It's no longer unusual for organizations--or even individuals--to use a mix of Windows, Linux, and Mac, so we need applications that work across these different platforms. TechRepublic contributors have discovered their favorites as they work with them day to day, so here is a list to get you started. Feel free to make a case for your own favorites in the comments.

There is little doubt that one of the most popular cross-platform applications is Firefox. No other browser has come as close to usurping Internet Explorer as the reigning king of the Web. A good cross-platform browser has become essential, since so many applications and services are now handled online. Thankfully, the rise in popularity of cross-platform browsers like Firefox has helped ensure that companies don't lock down their sites and services to a single browser.


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