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The Top 7 Free Windows 10 Apps

1. Ghostwriter

Ghostwriter is a program that should prove useful to many writers and bloggers. It uses the minimalist Markdown language for text formatting (used by github and many wikis). Features include distraction-free writing mode with word count, HTML preview, export to multiple formats, session statistics, and a drag-and-drop interface for adding images.

Ghostwriter is so convenient, that I actually used to write this blog post.

2. VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is free, and works well for playing video and audio. It handles multiple formats out of the box including WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and MP3. It offers an extensive feature set that blows many other media players out of the water; it can stream over a network, convert media files, record your desktop, subscribe to podcasts, and download YouTube videos. Best of all, you don't have to worry about spyware, ads, or user tracking.

3. Slack

Slack is a fantastic group chat and messaging app, that includes voice and video functionality. The ability to search through your messaging history can be extremely helpful when collaborating on projects with clients or coworkers. As a bonus, the Slack API lets you do all kinds of cool things, like build bots, automate team task workflows, or automatically deploy the latest build of your cloud app with a single Slack message.

4. ImageGlass

With the demise of Google’s Picassa, I wanted a simple and quick way to view image slide shows and organize image collections. ImageGlass works perfectly. It is dead simple and easy to use. My only complaint is that I was unable to change the default behavior for the “edit” button; currently, images are opened by MS Paint, which is hardly the optimal choice for serious image editing.

5. CDEX

This handy program is great for anyone who wants to archive their CD collection. It works well for ripping CD's to several formats, including WAV, MP3, and FLAC. As a bonus, it can also convert WAV files to different formats.

6. qBittorent

Although many associate bit torrents only with piracy, they actually are commonly used to distribute large files, including Linux operating systems. Thus, it's a good idea to have a free and open source bit torrent utility running on your machine. I've been having great luck using qBittorrent; it's great community open source project, and it offers a complete feature set that should satisfy all your torrent needs.

7. 7-Zip

This file compression/decompression utility is a must have for anyone that deals with downloading files in various formats. It's too bad that Windows doesn't already provide a full suite of compression utilities out of the box, but luckily, 7-Zip is mature, stable, and does a great job.