Popular Desktop Apps And Their Online Alternatives

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Outfitting your computer with the latest software can be expensive. Time and money aren’t things to be wasted. With sky rocketing prices for desktop applications, you need to arm yourself with the right alternatives.

Fortunately, there is a great alternative out there: the Internet. As hard as it is to believe, just by surfing around online, you can access most of the desktop app functionalities you need without shelling out a cent.

To prove it, here’s a list of  online alternatives for the most popular desktop applications that we use everday,


Programs Alternatives
Microsoft Office 2007 Google Docs, Zoho
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Splashup
Microsoft Visio 2007 Gliffy
Adobe Acrobat 8.1 iConv
Apple Aperture 1.5 Flickr
Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 Gmail
Vista YouOS
Adobe Dreamweaver CS3Adobe Flash CS3 Professional app2you
Desktop calculators InstaCalc
MS OutlookHP fax machine

Printing paper

SharpReader (Windows)NetNew Wire (Mac OS X)

Straw (Linux)

MSN MessengerGoogle Talk ICQ

AIM Jabber


Microsoft OneNote 2007 Stikkit
Microsoft Money Plus Premium Wesabe
MS Excel 2007 chartAll
MS PowerPoint Preezo