Which programs should I install when setting up Windows 10? | Technology | The Guardian

“Windows 10 already includes almost everything the average PC user needs, with three different types of software.

First, there are traditional Windows programs such as WordPad.

Second, there are new-style apps such as Mail and Sticky Notes.

Third, there are in-browser programs that work with your log-on email address, which is your Microsoft Account.

Traditional programs are usually the most powerful but also the most dangerous. They should only be downloaded from the original source (the software company) or a trusted alternative, such as Major Geeks or Ninite.

New-style apps are downloaded and maintained from a trusted source, the Windows Store, and they run in sandboxes that prevent them from doing bad things. There are apps for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Netflix, Shazam, Deezer, Pinterest, Twitter, TuneIn Radio etc (but not Snapchat), plus loads of games.

Online apps are useful if you have a good internet connection. Windows 10 includes online versions of OneNote, Word, Excel and PowerPoint from Microsoft Office. The online programs often have their own apps as well, including apps for Android and Apple smartphones and tablets.In general, it’s only worth installing things that are better than the bundled programs, but it depends on personal preferences and circumstances.

For example, I used to recommend Evernote and Dropbox, and now I don’t. Today, OneNote is better than Evernote, and OneNote is widely used in schools. Dropbox is better than OneDrive, but OneDrive offers more free storage (5GB vs 2GB) and is good enough. Of course, many people already have data in Evernote and Dropbox, but for the rest of us, they’re optional.”

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