Top 5 must-have free software from Microsoft

Microsoft has a huge line-up of paid software, but it also has lots of high-quality software that are available for free to use. Here isย our list of top 5 must have free software from Microsoft.

Free Microsoft Downloads

1. Microsoft Security Essentials: It is a free security suite (Genuine Windows validation required) developed by Microsoft to protect your Windows based computer from viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. It is available to download from Microsoft and very simple to install, easy to use, and always kept up to date so you can be assured your PC is protected by the latest technology. To know more how it works, see its FAQ, help and how to’s section.

Speaking of anti-malware tools from Microsoft, you can also consider Windows Defender, Microsoft Safety Scanner, EMET, and Malicious Software Removal Tool. Want more? Take a look at this list of free Security Tools from Microsoft.

2. Microsoft SysInternals: The Sysinternals is a pack of more than 20 Troubleshooting Utilities rolled up into a single Suite of tools. It is a zipped folder contains the individual troubleshooting tools and help files. SysInternals are my personal favorites when it comes to tweaking and monitoring a Windows PC.

3. Bing Maps 3D: Bing Maps 3D is an additional app which installs on your PC and let you view Bing Maps in 3D. It is pretty amazing, and the rendering quality is just awesome, I prefer it over Google Maps. You can read step by step Bing Maps 3D installation and troubleshooting guide here.

4. Microsoft USB/DVD Download tool: If you have a TechNet or MSDN subscription or purchased software from Microsoft Store, then there is an option to download the iso file of Windows is available. This tool lets you make bootable USB drive or DVD disc easily to install Windows OS on your computer. It also let you make autoplay DVD or USB flash drives of software like Visual Studio 2010 or other applications. Click the link to get details about the installation process and other how to’s.

2. Windows Essentials: Do more with Windows on your PC with free programs from Microsoft for photos, movies, instant messaging, email, social networking, and more. Get it all in one simple download package. The Live Essentials app suite contains Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger, Movie Maker, Windows Live Writer, Family Safety and many more. A must-have suite for Internet users. It has stopped being updated now. Note: Microsoftย will end Support for Windows Essentials 2012 in January 2017.

Apart from these, you also have Expression Design, Expression Web & Expression Encoder, Visual Studio Community Edition, Mouse Without Borders and Enhanced Clipboard Manager which you can download for free.

These are my personal favorites. What are yours?

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Nitin Agarwal is an MVP alumni and a Pro Blogger. He was awarded as Most Valuable Professional for 3 times by Microsoft in Windows Expert - Consumer category. He is immensely inspired by Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.

11 Comments

  1. Bob

    How about the “Viewer” programs?

  2. SilverGoldi

    Hey all MVP @ TWC can you just extract the sound from bing ringtone & post it in mp3 or wav so that we can use them on our phones like nokia , samsung ?

  3. SilverGoldi

    Oh sorry all i got the ringtones its in archive i tought its a software which will run on windows mobiles only ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. HarshM@TWC

    To add on what Nitin has said, Microsoft also offers Web Matrix a new web developing tool free through which even PHP developers can also make apps and you can also use other open source stuff like jhoomla and most imp Web Matrix also has inbuilt SEO tool to run report..All this for free ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. NitinA@TWC

    @Harsh, Thanks for the suggestion! But It is specifically for developers, I’ve tried to constitute a list of software that are useful for everyone like for IT pros, end users and developers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks Harsh for the info!

  6. Caleb

    You missed SysInternals!

  7. I recommend Zoomit which is a Sysinternals utility…it’s good for presentations and is similar to the zoom function of OSX

  8. They are in the list at No.3 ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Ruchir

    Also at No. 3.If u want this,dont download full suite

  10. Gleasonton1

    Are compatible with Windows 8?

  11. Little John

    This page is out of day and needs to be updated badly. One thing, Windows Essentials is dead as of Jan 1 2017. Microsoft pull the plug early this year. I like the Windows mail which was simple and easy to use. Would like to find simple and clean email client like Windows mail and works with imap.

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