What are the best open source software for Windows?

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    #1Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox

    Mozilla Firefox is a web browser developed by Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corp. Compatible with Linux, macOS, Windows, Fire TV, and other operating systems, Firefox features private browsing, spell-checking, plugins, and so on.

    Software

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free

    Shirley Fields
    Written on May 22, 2018
    " Firefox is the independent, people-first browser made by Mozilla, voted the Most Trusted Internet Company for Privacy. Upgrade today and join hundreds of millions who depend on Firefox for a more personal browsing experience."
  2. 20

    #2VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player

    VLC Media Player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player that plays a wide range of media formats such as mkv, mp4, and flv among others. It supports the playback of discs, devices, and network streaming protocols. 

    Software

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Paul Scott
    Written on May 26, 2018
    "Great app!!! Most features are similar and I really like the UI.... Great work from the developers. like it."
  3. 20

    #3BitTorrent

    BitTorrent

    BitTorrent is a software app that works as a torrent client that can be used to download any type of files that you may need, like software, apps, and other stuff.

    Apps

    Windows, Android, Mac

    Free

    Scott Newman
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "BitTorrent has been around for a long time now, as a matter of fact it's the original torrent site that a lot of us older users remember using. I've never had a problem using BitTorrent for my needs. I find the downloads to be quick and the ui is very intuitive to navigate."
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    #4Thunderbird

    Thunderbird
    Mozilla Thunderbird has plenty of features and a lot of extensions that are available for free. It has unique functions such as creating links for files that are too big to send as attachments or the ability to read RSS news feeds alongside your emails
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Nathan Bishop
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "If you're an avid Firefox and Mozilla fan you're well aware of Thunderbird. Thunderbird has plenty of features. There are loads of extension and best of all they're all free. I personally use Thunderbird to send off attachments and it does an admirable job. It handles large attachments in it's emails very well and I've never had any issues with it. It's pretty much my go to source for email as I configured my other emails to use it as the default. I love how the open source makes customizing it a breeze. I'm waiting for some new extensions and I know Mozilla will probably improve upon it in the upcoming releases too."
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    #5ClamWin

    ClamWin

    ClamWin is a free Antivirus software for Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Me, 2000, 98 and Windows Server 2012, 2008 and 2003. It is easy to manage and is unnoticeable while keeping your system free for viruses. 


    Software

    Web, Windows

    Free

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    #6Audacity

    Audacity

    Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux, and other operating systems. It was first released on May 28, 2000.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Parakram Sengupta
    Written on May 27, 2018
    "great free audio recording software"
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    #7FileZilla Server

    FileZilla Server
    FileZilla is a free FTP solution. It's an open source software distributed free of charge under the terms of the GNU General Public License
    Software

    Windows

    Free

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    #8Keynote

    Keynote
    Keynote helps you create and deliver beautiful presentations. It features a wide variety of professional tools that you and your team can use to work on a project collaboratively.
    Software

    Mac, iOS, Windows

    Free

    Tomás Huerta
    Written on May 25, 2018
    "It seems like it could deliver a good amount of info for the tool"
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    #9FreeMind

    FreeMind
    FreeMind is a free mind mapping tool. It lets you sketch ideas or process into mindmaps.
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Nicholas Smith
    Written on May 31, 2018
    "This one is tough for me but in the end I would have to agree with this. It certainly was a close race race for me between Mindmanager and FreeMind but in the end the speed of FreeMind edges it past Mindmanager for me as the best solution in Windows open source software. Good choice!"
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    #10LibreOffice

    LibreOffice

    LibreOffice is a free and open-source office suite, a project of The Document Foundation. The suite comprises programs for word processing, spreadsheets, slideshows, diagrams, and drawings, working with databases and composing mathematical formulae.

    Software

    Windows, Mac, Linux

    Free

    Hansika Bhatnagar
    Written on May 28, 2018
    "Very good software, the site explains everything, shows some examples and really helps. I think its really easy to understand and use. Positive feedback from other clients. I think this software is awesome for windows and i recommend this. "
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    #11Pidgin

    Pidgin
    Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client that lets you connect to AIM, Bonjour, Gadu-Gadu, Google Talk, Groupwise, ICQ, IRC, SILC, SIMPLE, Sametime, XMPP, and Zephyr all at once. 
    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Brian Rose
    Written on June 3, 2018
    "Pidgin is great, free and awesome! I love the fact that I can connect all of my IM'ing apps into one, makes everything so much easier. Top open source software for sure. "
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    #12GNUCash

    GNUCash

    GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android

    Free

    Shaurya Khan
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. "
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    #13Workrave

    Workrave

    Workrave is a free program that helps prevent and recover from Repetitive Strain Injury. A unique yet useful program. Workrave alerts you to take pauses, rest breaks and reminds you of your daily limit. The program runs on GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows.

    Software

    Windows

    Free

    David Burns
    Written on May 30, 2018
    "I love using open source software as it is free and often updated. Since I use a Windows OS, I have been looking for the best open source software for it. The best one program I have found so far is Workrave. "

Summary

Best What are the best open source software for Windows
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Mozilla FirefoxSoftware 25 Free
2VLC Media PlayerSoftware 20 Free
3BitTorrentApps 20 Free
4ThunderbirdSoftware 18 Free
5ClamWinSoftware 15 Free
6AudacitySoftware 13 Free
7FileZilla ServerSoftware 12 Free
8KeynoteSoftware 10 Free
9FreeMindSoftware 9 Free
10LibreOfficeSoftware 7 Free
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