After compiling a list of 40 Handy Free Application for Mac OS X and 50 Handy Applications for Linux, WML Cloud now brings you a list of some some very useful applications for Windows 8 and Windows 7 operating systems. While some of these software might also work on Windows Vista and Windows XP, however the main focus of this post is to provide Windows users with a list of useful applications for Windows 8 and Windows 7. To provide something unique to users, I have not mentioned many famous applications. In fact, many of the below mentioned apps are likely to be the ones that you might not have even heard about. To avoid making it hard for readers to grasp the post, I had to exclude some good applications which I hope to mention in a later post. For now the below compilation has been categorized in multiple sections.
Note: I do realize that it can be quite difficult to grasp the entire post in a single visit, therefore I suggest that you should bookmark this page or add it to a “Read it Later” service.
Gadgets, Tweaks And Task Management Applications
1. 8GadgetPack (Brings Back Windows 7 style gadgets in Windows 8, can also be used for installing custom gadgets).
2. ViStart (Enable Classic Start Menu in Windows 8).
3. Disk Falcon (Allows analyzing disk usage in Windows 8. You can also delete unwanted files after disk analysis).
4. 4th & Square (Four Square application for Windows 8).
Note: This tool (unlike others in this list) is not free but costs $1.99 and is available at the Windows Store).
5. Tiny Windows Borders (Allows to tweak Windows border size in Windows 7 and Windows 8).
6. Skip Metro Suite (Windows 8 application that allows bypassing the Windows 8 Start Screen and disables the Top-Left Switcher, Charms Bar and Hot Corners).
7. Multibar (Windows Dock and shortcut organizer with support for add-ons and search bars).
8. Aero WinShark (Portable Windows 7 tool that allows changing the taskbar preview size).
9. SageThumbs (Preview pictures and convert them from Windows right-click context menu).
10. Chrometric (Browser for color blind and vision deficient people).
11. Nero Kwik Media (Free software to Burn DVDs, with media file management, image editing, video playback and a range of other handy options).
12. VReveal (Edite videos with easy to use options and create Panoramas).
13. VisualSubSync (Fix edit Subtitles and fix errors, with real time preview for videos).
14. Freemake Video Downloader (Capable of downloading videos from thousands of websites).
15. Bolide Free Slideshow Creator (Creates High Definition video slideshows by providing simple configuration options).
16. sPlaylistMaker (Having problem creating playlists in VLC, WMP or iTunes use this tool to create playlists via simple drag and drop functionality).
17. Hamster Free Audio Converter (Convert audio files according to mobile device model with Hamster Free Audio Converter).
18. Text To WAV (Transcription software to transcribe and save transcriptions in WAV format).
19. Connectify (Makes you laptop a Wi-Fi hotspot to connect wireless devices by enhancing Wi-Fi signals using your laptop’s Wifi card).
20. Surf Anonymous Free (Allows accessing US only websites by changing your network credentials).
21. Hotspot Shield (Free VPN software for accessing location restricted websites and surfing securely).
Image Manipulation And Management Tools
22. Perfect365 (Completely tweak the look of any photo by changing eye color, lifting cheeks, widening the smile and more).
23. Easy Photo Effects (Add stylish photo effects to your pictures in just a single click).
24. Leaf Software (How To Add effects to only the selected parts of an image ).
25. DVD Slim (Create and print attractive DVD covers for your collection).
26. InstagramDownloader (Downloads images from Instagram in Windows).
Social Media And Instant Messaging Applications
27. MetroTwit (Twitter client with Windows 8 Style Modern (Metro) UI).
28. Echofon (Synchronize and view your Twitter updates With Windows, Mac OS X and iOS).
29. Kill Skype Home (Automatically get rid of Skype Home Window for a cleaner interface).
30. Skype Translate (Translate your live chat in Skype to or from other languages, works like a charm).
System Optimization Tools
31. Jet Clean (Clean junk files, improve PC performance and Internet Connection).
32. CCEnhancer (Adds more than 500 additional cleaning options to the famous system cleaning application, CCleaner.
33. NirLauncher (Recover your lost browser passwords and fix system issues related to PC devices).
34. Soda 3D PDF Reader (Allows viewing PDF files by flipping pages like a real book. Also enables creating PDF files from almost any application).
35. Doro PDF (Encrypt, password protect and convert your files to PDF format).
36. XolidoSign (Easily sign and verify Digital Signatures for any type of document).
37. Transmiti (Translate text from any program into numerous languages. Useful for translating text extracted from word processing, PDF and presentation applications).
38. Dual Swap (Swap your current between dual monitors in a single click).
39. Mitini (Siri like voice command application for Windows).
40. HaoZip Archiver (Alternative to 7Zip & Winrar with features similar to both tools).
41. Bandizip (Compress,extract files and create your own self extracting EXE files).
42. PeaZip (Extract, create and convert Compressed file archives from any format across multiple operating systems such as Windows and Linux).
Comic Book Readers
43. GonVisor (Allows viewing a range of files from different format including comics, E-Books, pictures and compressed archives).
44. QManga (Free software for opening comic book files from numerous formats such as CBZ and CBR).
Windows Applications For Kindle And Mobile Devices
45. iPadian (Emulate and run your favorite iPad applications on a Windows computer).
46. Kindle For PC (Read Kindle E-books directly on your PC, without the need for a Kindle device.
47. BlueStacks (Run Android applications and Games on a Windows computer).
48. EPUB to MOBI (Convert EPUB files to Kindle Fire format).
49. Send To Kindle (Send your documents from your Kindle device to your PC).
50. K2pdfopt (Optimize your PDF and DJVU Files to make them suitable for viewing on Amazon Kindle and other mobile devices).
If you know of a good freeware for Windows 7 or Windows 8 that deserves a place in this list, then share it with our readers by leaving a comment below. Also feel free to send in your suggestions regarding how we may be able to make our list posts more convenient for users. Since more list posts for Android and other operating systems will be included in the near future, we would like to make use of reader feedback for making more easily readable list posts.