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Microsoft Alternatives for PC's

Created on: 09/30/09 03:35 PM Views: 2435 Replies: 2
Microsoft Alternatives for PC's
Posted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 10:35 AM

Because of Microsoft's (and PC's) susceptibilty to hacking, worms and viruses, I try to avoid using my PC whenever possible, since I have both a desktop PC and a Mac laptop. Macs are based on the Unix operating system's architecture, which, with its highly secure code structure, makes Macs and other non-Microsoft based computers virtually impossible to hack or corrupt.

Macs are a thousand times more versitile than PC's (no, I am not getting a commission for selling Macs!). I use both, so I know from experience.

OpenOffice is a completely compatible, function-for-function replacement for MS Office--and it's free and comes with a huge support system built-in and also free. Anything you can do with MS Office you can do with OpenOffice.... I use it on my PC and my Mac. (For readers, available for free download/use at

There are a couple alternatives for other MS software, not the least of which is Thunderbird (Mozilla, like Firefox) as a great, easy-to-use replacement for the Outlook Express email server. The free music player, Winamp, is a superb replacement for Windows Media Player, with the many more capabilities, including the ability to play all existing music codecs (codes), which Media Player cannot do (it can't play Mac's codecs, for instance).

You might want to go to and check out their available software download replacements for Windows. Once on the website, you can limit your searches by choosing the "free to use" option in the left column. For each software consideration, look at the number of users AND the editors choices when considering a download. Quite often users will come back and leave comments as well about different software packages, the main one being ease of use or user friendly rating.

Good luck!

Frank Walters (Clark)

RE: Microsoft Alternatives for PC's
Posted Friday, October 29, 2010 07:39 AM

Hello Frank and fellow classmates,

        Recently I installed a fairly new program on my PC from Microsoft ( a free download at their website ) and I have been very pleased with the protection it gives me from viruses, trojans and worms. It imediately sped up my PC's performance and detected and destroyed over 50 trojan type "fishing" viruses. I hope this information is useful to others of you who have PCs.   Bill

RE: Microsoft Alternatives for PC's
Posted Saturday, April 19, 2014 12:42 PM

Thanks Frank. These suggestions are all really helpful and definitely more secure.