My feature story for PC World‘s May issue is online, and it’s a doozy. This story has capsule reviews of 101 completely free programs and web-based services. I worked my tail off to write this story, and I’m proud of the result: There’s a lot of great stuff in there. Many props to my editors at PC World, Liane Cassavoy and Laura Blackwell. Check it out!
There’s never been a better time to be a cheapskate. Free utilities? We’ve got ’em. Want a full-fledged image editor? A few gigabytes of mail storage? How about an entire office software suite? We can top that, easy. Take the whole earth and solar system. Free!
If you thought that the golden age of free stuff ended when the dot-com bubble burst, guess again. The past few years have seen an explosion of giveaways–both Web-based services and free software–that make the anemic home-page building apps and first-generation Web mail services of the late 1990s pale in comparison.
UPDATE 3/30: Benjamin Pimentel at SFGate (the Chronicle‘s site) blogged this story.