The first memory I have of my childhood is of a humongous desktop box, being brought into my home for my uncle. When I became more mature, I fell in love with it. I remember Clippy greeting me at the start and the Windows 98 logo. Gradually, 98 turned to XP to 7, and now we have one of the most renowned operating system, Windows 10 with us.
Microsoft’s most successful product, which helped the company secure the largest market share is its operating system. We have all used Windows at some point in our life, owing to its popularity that comes from the simplistic user experience around which the product is built.
Softwares are what enable us to do multiple tasks, from listening to songs, to mindlessly browsing excel sheets, or reading astounding articles on ListSurge. Moreover, they form the backbone of our experience on our PC. Today we list some of the most popular software supported by Windows, which are also, in fact, the most downloaded one on a Windows PC.
10.| CC Cleaner
CC Cleaner is one of the most renowned PC software out there. Their popularity grew owing to the complaints of storage being used for temporary files and unnecessary purposes in the Windows operating system. CC Cleaner has been around a while. The software was developed by Piriform, a software firm that recently got acquired by the renowned Avast. Moreover, it mainly works as a program to clean unwanted files, but also has grown as a full-fledged software to improve the performance of the operating system.
CC Cleaner was launched in 2004, in 2012, it hit 1 million downloads. In November, it ran about 2 billion downloads and became one of the longest-running utility software.
Skype is a messaging and communication software maintained by Microsoft for the Windows operating system. Skype’s unique selling point is its specialization in providing flawless video chats and voice calls seamlessly across numerous devices including desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphones, and even Xbox consoles. Skype is exceptionally renowned and widely used across the globe.
Skype was an independent company that started in August 2003 and got acquired by eBay in 2006. Microsoft bought Skype in May 2011 and has been maintaining it since then. In 2015, Skype had about 300 million users using the software monthly.
McAfee is one of the most renowned software on the Windows ecosystem owing to the popularity of the company in Silicon Valley, and because of Intel’s blessed hands on it. Intel is undoubtedly the most significant player in the computer hardware, and when Intel acquired McAfee and turned it into Intel’s Security division, McAfee was sure to hit the best of the desktops that ran Windows.
McAfee provides an extravaganza of tools for computer security from malware detection to internet security. McAfee is mainly focused not just on enterprise desktops, but also their servers. It provides anti-virus, internet shield, and its renowned SiteAdvisor tool, not only to the Windows ecosystem but also to mobile devices now.
WinRAR might not be the most downloaded, but it is one of the most renowned software in the Windows ecosystem, partly due to its primary market share, and partly due to its running joke of an infinite trial. WinRAR was for a long time, an archive creation and extraction software exclusively on the Windows platform. Moreover, it provided its product on a trial basis, for 40 days (which never ends, the CEO came out with a statement defending this too).
Apart from the renowned archiving file format, RAR and ZIP, the product supported over 11+ other forms. Despite the rise in the competition from others, the software still rises and has even released a version supported for Android.
6.| Adobe Flash Player
The Adobe Flash platform was at a point of time, the only go-to platform for creating rich internet applications or software to stream audio or video, or even create games for the Internet. Take it this way; YouTube started with streaming videos using Flash Player. So it is evident that the Adobe Flash Player had to be a necessity to run everything well on the Internet in the past decade. No wonder, Adobe Flash Player became the most downloaded software on the most used operating system in the world.
Furthermore, it operated as freeware and was used to run SWF, which meant multimedia files, from games to videos to even ads. With the critical security bugs and the rise of the HTML5 standard on the web, the company is planning to drop support for the legacy software by 2020.
Avast is a suite of anti-virus and cybersecurity software, with support from the Czech Republic cybersecurity company Avast Software. Its software suite cherishes a coveted 400 million active users in a month. Moreover, the firm that started back in 1988 is now the most significant commercial security software provider in the world. Avast’s anti-virus is one of the most in use software on the Windows operating system environment.
It has products ranging from Internet Security to Cleaning tools similar to CC Cleaner. The company operates on a Freemium model. The company is so successful that it acquired one of its most fearsome rival and the renowned security software company AVG in 2016. It has its Initial Public Offering in May 2018 and is only rising.
Mozilla is one of the most popular internet browsers available for the Windows operating system. It was launched in 2002; its popularity has always been on the rise due to the model of open source that it uses. The Mozilla Foundation takes the help of the enthusiastic open source community to build the products. Moreover, it is the most in use internet browser after Chrome. It boasts 500 million active users on its various products that are not just the browser.
Internet Explorer was the only options Windows with users for a long time. Mozilla came with an uproar of download crossing about 80+ million downloads within a year. Over the year it is in use by foundations like the Tor Project to use its open source core to build products.
VLC has been the go-to software for audio and video playing, streaming for users on the Windows operating system for a very long time. VLC is developing with the support of the VideoLAN project in a free and open source manner. The open source model enabled VLC to remain available in over 48 languages. Furthermore, the software is also available on other platforms such as Android, iOS and even Samsung’s Tizen.
With the help from a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the support for VLC’s software remained continued for Windows’ latest version. The support came for Windows 8 to 10, and also the mobile version of the operating system. VLC has seen over 3+ billion downloads of its software.
2.| MS Office
Microsoft Office, launched in 1988, to a lot of pomp and show, because the customer segment, the whole computer industry catered to back then was corporate offices and their employees. Perhaps, after the operating system, MS Office might be their most successful launch. Moreover, since it came pre-installed with the Windows Operating System. Thus, it is evident that it’s the office productivity tool with the most usage in the market.
Furthermore, MS Office has gone and grown beyond, with database and journal tools. Office 365 has become a full-fledged platform in itself, providing cloud with a subscription-based model. Moreover, MS Office cherishes a whopping 1.2 billion users worldwide on its software suite.
Chrome is the most popular, and the most in use internet browser on the Windows ecosystem. Nobody can avoid the running joke, that Internet Explorer (Microsoft’s inbuilt web browser) is now in use only to download Chrome. Though it has become a cross-platform web browser now, accessible even on Android and macOS, the browser launched in 2008.
Windows is a popular operating system, and these applications can swiftly enhance your user experience on the platform.
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