Ditch Your Desktop Software: 15 Of The Best Cloud Apps for Business

Web applications for business have come a long way. They used to be poor imitations of their desktop counterparts, with only one or two functions and not at all practical. But my, have these apps grown. Today’s SaaS business and CRM apps  have become so powerful and useful that in many cases, they’ve begun to replace traditional desktop software such as Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, SAP, etc.

Desktop apps are great and all, but they don’t provide the same benefits as business apps that make use of cloud computing. With most SaaS apps, you only need a browser and an internet connection to access all your data online. That beats having to install annoying programs any day and gives you much more flexibility when working in teams. Cloud business apps have the added advantage of integrating with each other, so you can hook all your systems together.

To give you a better sense of how useful web apps have become, I’ve compiled a list of 15 of the best business apps and CRM tools that can replace some of the desktop business software you use. I hope you take the time to try them all out. You’ll be surprised how well they work.

Without further ado, here are some great web alternatives to the popular desktop business applications.


Insightly is a nifty CRM tool for small businesses to manage leads, contacts, organizations, partners, vendors and suppliers. Insightly allows you to see everything about a lead or a contact such as their background, email history and important dates, opportunities, and projects they have participated in. With an integrated project manager, Insightly is several applications in one for all your customer management needs.


Freshdesk is an efficient customer service management application that features a collaborative shared inbox, automatic ticket creation in your helpdesk and the ability to categorize, prioritize, and assign tickets to your team. This transparent approach to customer service makes sure that two agents are never working on the same issue at the same time and ensures tickets get solved quicker, thus increasing customer satisfaction.

Salesforce Sales Cloud

Salesforce Sales Cloud screenshot

Salesforce is one of the most widely-used CRM applications in the world and covers everything a big business needs to improve efficiency and customer satisfaction. Salesforce is packed with powerful features that are geared towards helping you discover more high quality leads, automating your sales process and even simulate deals and outcomes before taking the plunge on a major contract.


Zendesk is all about bringing harmony to your help desk and is designed to streamline your customer support system with neat features like ticket views, triggers, and automations – all of which improve the efficiency of your operation. If you really want good relations with your customers, then Zendesk is an excellent choice since it ensures that your communications with customers and their data are always at your fingertips.


Wrike screenshotWrike is all about better project management and getting an idea from paper to production as quickly as possible. Wrike is powerful but easy to use allowing you to organize projects logically and efficiently. You can breakdown large goals into manageable pieces and then label, attach files, set due dates, track progress and track the contribution individual members are making so that you can make better use of your team resources.

Zoho CRM

Zoho CRM focuses on maximizing sales and customer satisfaction by engaging and communicating with customers via email, phone, chat and social networks all from within the same CRM dashboard. Zoho is very open to other apps too though and allows you to integrate your CRM account with other applications to create a customized solution for your business. In particular, Zoho is fully integrated with Google Apps so if you like to make use of Google products, it’s definitely worth looking at.


Desk.com is a small business solution that’s now a part of Salesforce. Desk.com is a customer service-focused CRM app that tries to help customers solve issues themselves before resorting to personalized solutions. Desk.com helps customers find answers themselves or check the status of their ticket. Integration with Salesforce means that sales information can be integrated with customer service to help provide a better level of support.


Mavenlink is an online project management solution that’s designed to integrate with multiple other platforms to extend its functionality. Mavenlink integrates with platforms such as Google, Salesforce, JIRA, NetSuite, and more. Mavenlink uses a Gantt timeline to schedule and monitor projects and provides several templates to help structure your first few projects.


Freshbooks screenshot

FreshBooks is a cloud-based accounting system that takes care of the financial side of your business. If you don’t want to contract your accounting to a third party, FreshBooks makes it remarkably easy to do everything yourself without expensive accounting software. FreshBooks allows you to easily create, send & track professional invoices, and even allows you to accept payments via credit cards.


Infusionsoft screenshot

Infusionsoft is aimed strictly at small businesses and was created to help users get organized, grow sales, and save time. Infusionsoft features everything from a powerful CRM to email marketing, eCommerce and sales tracking tools – all in one place. Infusionsoft gives you a convenient overview of each tool in one dashboard and shows you at a glance your most important upcoming appointments.


NetSuite is a highly professional CRM and ERP tool which provides a unified business management suite. It encompasses ERP/financials, CRM and eCommerce and is a perfect replacement for those using tools such as QuickBooks, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, SAP and other business systems. NetSuite is one of the fastest growing ERP/CRM solutions out there and is now used by companies such as GoPro and Williams-Sonoma.


Pipedrive screenshot

Pipedrive is a sales CRM for small teams that strives to always give you a crystal clear overview of your sales pipeline. PipeDrive is considerably more effective than any list and in the pipeline view, deals are displayed by your different sales stages. This helps to clearly show how your team is doing and helps you focus on the right deals if an extra push is needed. If you need a straightforward real-time overview of your sales pipeline, Pipedrive may be for you.


JIRA is a project planning and management application that brings structure and logic to your workflow. JIRA makes it easy for large teams to collaborate on projects by logging tasks, tickets, and other issues – and to assign them priorities. You can attach files and other data to help solve issues quickly and restrict who can and can’t see tasks. For large organizations, JIRA is a very effective project management tool.


Slack is all about improving communication in large teams and provides a continually growing archive of chats, exchanges and other essential conversations related to your business. Slack automatically indexes messages, notifications and files so that you can have it at your fingertips. Slack even allows you to search within PDFs, Word, Google docs and other document types, to help you put your finger on that essential message or document that you need to refer to in a hurry.

eXo Platform

eXo Platform is a business collaboration tool that includes a very capable content management system. eXo is based around a social dimension that provides a platform to bring together companies both big or small. eXo Platform is open source and so you can plug it into several other major business applications to extend its functionality and improve efficiency, communication and productivity in your enterprise.


As the world turns to cloud computing, we’re only going to see more and more business and CRM web apps that function like their desktop counterparts. I’ve only listed a few but there are many more out there. As these applications become more powerful and appeal to the masses in terms of functionality, we may soon see a decline in desktop programs as we all move towards the web and the cloud. Is this the end of desktop CRM software? Who knows, we’ll have to wait and see.

Do you use any CRM web apps in place of desktop programs? What do you think is going to be the future for desktop CRM programs? Share your comments below!

  • Dan

    How about GTD apps?

    TeuxDeux and Remember the Milk are great web apps.

    • Ken Shi

      I was thinking of including Remember the Milk as a GTD replacement, but couldn’t think of any good desktop programs to replace. But I agree with you, RTM is a great application for task management.

      • http://ncus.me Kuswanto

        It can be replaced, Things, or any other desktop to do list.

  • http://www.lakeside.com.np Lakeside Technologies

    Wow this is really interesting and nice compilation of wonderful online apps.

  • http://deathgleaner.wordpress.com/ deathgleaner

    WOW! Thanks so much!

  • http://www.sliderocket.com Nathaniel Robinson

    Also check out GrooveShark for iTunes replacement.

  • http://www.sliderocket.com Nathaniel Robinson

    And lovelycharts.com for Visio replacement.

  • http://www.thewiredvds.co.uk James

    Really like zamzar for file conversion, that’s an awesome one. I’ve not heard of avarary before so I’ll be sure to check that one out.

    I’d also say grooveshark is pretty good alternative to itunes.

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  • http://www.3dvia.com David

    Great list – I had not seen cloud yet.

  • http://www.iamntz.com Ionut Staicu

    I wonder what is the logic behind wobzip. If you have more than three files in an archive, after unpack you start download? That’s almost as dumb as osx behave with archives…

    And what about jaycut? You upload 4gb mkv file to convert, edit then download ? Really? Is THAT simple? Same for audio editor…

    I don’t like the trend of making web app just for making… web app.

    • Ken Shi

      Hey Ionut,

      Thanks for the feedback. I’ve always been a little slow, so I didn’t quite understand everything you said. If you could elaborate a little more on what you meant, I’d be more than happy to get back to you. Sorry for the trouble!

      • http://www.iamntz.com Ionut Staicu

        Uh… I was pretty tired then. How do you extract an archive with many files in wobzip? After uploading a file you start to right click on each file then save? How will be the workflow for… let’s say unzipping wordpress.zip ? I’m just curious…

      • Ken Shi

        Oh, I see what you meant. I suppose WobZip isn’t ideal for extracting archives with thousands of files, as you’ll have to save each file individually. WobZip is designed so you can get a few of the files you need out of an archive, without having to download WinRAR. If you’re going to be working with archives like WordPress.zip, WobZip isn’t the tool for you.

        Sorry for the confusion there, I should have been more clear.

    • http://optional Rudi

      Have to agree with you on this one, specially, when the upload speeds are usually a LOT less than download speed. Uploading a 4gb file for conversion would take a while, not to mention that if connection drops or something, you’ve wasted a lot of time. I think some of the things above are quite handy for people for example at work, where licenses are a requirement and there is usually admin rights preventing software install!

      Keep up the good work!

  • http://www.empnetwork.net snowflake

    Wow…nice post

  • spuffler

    Ahhh…. more murky reasonings.
    Since when has a cloud app had all the features of the app it supposedly replaces?
    Since when have these cloud urls all become such secure connections so that we’d keep a database of our account information stored in the cloud, somewhere (and thus transmitted via insecure connections)?
    What percentage of files need applications that have collaboration capabilities?
    Argue any point you wish to, try to discredit my reasonings all you wish, but I’m not moving until all these points are addressed in TOTAL.
    A senseless fad that seems to not want to die….. Oh well, carry on without me.

    • Ken Shi

      While I agree that web apps have their flaws and may not be on par with desktop apps at the moment, I don’t think they are “senseless fads”. These apps offer tons of functions that the average user would use, but if you don’t think they suit your needs, feel free to stick with your desktop tools.

      I didn’t write this article to try and get people to move away from desktop apps. These apps are meant to be alternatives – to be used when desktop software isn’t readily available or when it’s unnecessary.

      Use the web apps you find useful. Ignore the others.


  • txonari

    Something tells me programs like iCloud won’t replace current operating systems completely. Agreed, next-gen OS’s may integrate better with the cloud, but to trust EVERYTHING to a remote computer where you have no control — or if you have no internet access, you’re screwed — seems like a big jump. And I’m sure many people won’t like it, or accept it.

    • http://creedofman.com thecityboy319

      I was thinking the same thing at first. The main use that I can see for a cloud OS like this is for people who don’t own a computer – I know that there are lot’s of people who still don’t own a computer and go to the library to do homework and surf the web – even online gaming. Wouldn’t it be easier for them to do that if they can just log in to their cloud OS, and have all the same settings and application data as when they logged off?

      Not that useful for someone who has a laptop they can take around…but for some people, it could be really useful.

    • Matt

      Of course, with the current methods of computing, if you have no source of electricity, you’re screwed. An internet connection is fast becoming as ubiquitous as running water – moreso in fact, as I’ve got 3G coverage on my phone even in the middle of the woods. So to use “but if there’s no internet it won’t work” as an argument against cloud computing is getting to be as silly as saying “Computers are great, but if there’s no air to breathe, you won’t live long enough to do anything.” It may be true, but it’s an incredibly unlikely scenario.

      As to your other point, not to get all Richard Stallman on it, but the truth is with any closed-source software, “control” is an illusion. I’m still just taking a developer at their word that what I put into it today will still be available tomorrow. Remember when all those poor folks got locked out of their legally purchased copies of Windows XP because it arbitrarily decided their license wasn’t valid?

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  • http://www.princebazawule.com/blog prince

    Nice list, will give some of them a try.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • MileHigh

    Great list…much appreciated. I agree with the earlier comment…there are alternatives that welcome investigation. And, for those that may be too young to remember, we are essentially coming full circle with the Cloud Computing. Remember the days of dumb terminals? I like to combine the use of online and and desktop offerings.

  • http://www.TheTechMedia.com TheTechMedia.com

    Awesome list of alternatives. I found Hulu very much useful to me. Thanks

  • eberhart derwahl

    Hi there, have you met http://put.io. Definitely replaced my torrent client and even jdownloader.

  • Kjell Inge Sandvik

    Users outside USA can’t use Mint due to zip-registration. Too bad!

  • http://sirjorge.com/blogx sir jorge

    they all seem to work, that’s for sure

  • http://katieful.com Katie

    These are awesome! Thank you so much for the list.

  • http://www.intuitivlab.com Hareesh

    Do try out Mixmoov, the Online Video Editing solution from Intuitivlab – we launched recently.

  • http://vopenminds.com Natchi

    Wonderful compilation. Thanks guys! bless you!

  • http://nitinchamp1990.wordpress.com/ iamnitin

    thts a pretty good list, quiet usefull indeed thanks :)

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  • http://www.unitone.nu Hans Timman | UnitOne

    Wow these are great! I will have a deeper look in some of the apps for sure.
    What a high level of webdesign some of them incorporate by the way…

    Thank you : )

  • Rss

    You forgot imo.im, skype alternative + other IM.

  • http://swiffoutgames.com/ swiffoutgames

    If you are interested in playing online, http://swiffoutgames.com use an hybrid approach : I use a desktop client to play online flash games.
    That makes possible to play in complete full screen instead of just a thumbnail in the browser.

  • mrsleep

    Ah yes, good old cloud computing, it’s wonderful until you have internet connection problems, or the cloud computing service your using goes out of business and you lose all your data.

  • Haroon

    Zamzar and jaycut – both going into my bookmarks!

    Thanks a lot dude. Awesome stuff! :-)

  • adnan zulkarnain

    Jaycut is the best for me..


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  • http://www.spookycorp.com spooky

    Do we have much more processing power in our notebooks or desktops today than before? Yes we do. Do we finally have enough hard drive space inside our desktops or notebooks? I think we can be satisfied with what we have…. right? Well, I don’t have anything against online applications, but …. I don’t want to turn my monster PC into a “console”… and to rely on the internet speed and some server god knows where. Kinda, ironical a little bit, don’t you guys think so?
    Nice list, btw. :)

    • nebross

      yah… i agree with you my friend, i wont allow my alienware be replaced by some web applications.. but in the future we will be seeing far more greater specs than before but all of that just have to wait..

  • http://multimedia-maniac.com coani

    btw you could use the meebo widget on your website … its perfect!

  • iGeekz

    Nice! Thanks for the links! :)

  • DrGlove

    In regards to ESET, you should not have 2 anti-virus software solutions in place at once. They can interact together in odd ways.

  • http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/savemysystem/reviews Windows OS

    Zamzar is really good software and I used it almost daily. Still far I do not get any problem with it. Where as I used Hulu little bit and found it is comfortable as well. Thanks for providing list of software’s on single page.

  • http://www.1pointsf.com Kristen

    Wow, this post is great! Thanks for sharing. I just added a few more ‘must check outs’ to the list…including Moof…potentially replacing Grooveshark? We’ll see. (I do love me some Grooveshark.)
    In this age of collaboration, there are some great options for web conferencing that don’t require you to download a plug-in or software or anything – which is so (SO) so nice for firewalls and security.
    So…how about something like web-based Fuze Meeting to replace a GoToMeeting or WebEx?

  • http://www.v8max.com V8 Drive

    Wow so much great discovery. I bookmarked 5 websites!

    I guess the most useful is going to be Wobzip, it’s always a big pain in the ass to have to download different software for each extensions!
    Great share!

  • http://theboost.biz john

    don’t forget dimdim or fuze as a replacement for GoTo Meeting or WebEx

  • Zufyan

    I like web applications that support offline availability.
    they save my life when I can’t find internet connection.

  • http://www.almekhlafi.com Almekhlafi Portal

    Best software

  • Pinball Wizard

    So er… what we’re saying is that the “future” is uploading our files to someone elses server then working with those files on that server then downloading what we’ve done back to our computer?

    Ok. I can understand it if you don’t have the necessary software yourself (video editing etc) but it seems pretty tedious and frankly how can we be sure that the files we upload aren’t saved by the server and used by the server’s owners for their own needs. I see both time issues and privacy issues here.

    I’m sorry to be a cynic but I don’t trust a lot of websites anymore. For instance, Google and Facebook all of a sudden became a security concern. A website is a business so I can understand why their loyalties would be “mixed” but there’s no way I’m trusting a website with my financial records or anything else for that matter.

    Why not just better freeware/economoyware rather than all the mucking around? There are some stunning freewares out there and your files and information stay where they should be – on your private hard drives.

  • http://nurseslabs.com Nlabs

    Amazing article! So many free apps so many free amazing apps! This is a good collection! Very helpful! I bookmarked it!

  • Ian

    How about web apps that replace cad software? I own a small business that frequently works with mechanical and structural designs, cad sofware is expensive to buy, tedious to install, and quickly outdated. added to that, designs drawn on one program cannot always be read by another and as such you need several cad suites to cope with the standards of your clients. A single web app will simplify the situation as well as cut costs.
    oh; yes you have a very good idea with the site. i’ve bookmarked it and i’ll check regularly for updates

  • http://www.offtheme.com Off Topic Chat

    Kongregate is great fun, I’m quite addicted to it now!
    Thanks for sharing such a detailed list :)

  • http://www.2broadscast.com MzMelanie

    I love all the information I just got for this article. I like the web based replacement for itunes, I’m going to have to check that out for sure.

  • Zsolt

    I tend to agree with those who think this “cloud” frenzy is just another trendy thing, nothing to do with either productivity, security, efficiency, or the like. Although sometimes they may come handy (when you are REALLY stuck somewhere in the middle of the desert, your own computer lost/broken/etc, and you really need to work on/unzip/convert/etc that file so badly that you disregard the unsecure connections and go ahead with trusting some faceless people on the net to do it for you…

    But my favorite is the WebOS craze. Let us imagine for a moment that it really works. Wow. You can really replace an entire computer with a (slow) web browser app. It looks like an OS all right, albeit a lot slower (by definition, it MUST be slower, because it is running WITHIN an application on a host OS). Now… we got an OS-app-OS chain. Cute! But what the **** is it good for? If you already have an OS (the one the app: browser is running on), what is the added value of running an OS within another OS? (Yeah, I know, it’s fun to run Windows within Linux or vice versa, but again: why?)

    My crystal ball rather shoes exactly the opposite trend happening very soon, if not right now: people desperately need a customized device that gives them back the FREEDOM taken away by cloud computing, ourtageously priced data plans, expensive mobile telephony, etc. People just want to gather and disseminate information, a.k.a “communicate” with each other. Some morally handicapped but thick wallet creatures stand in between this much desired freedom and the people who wish it: blocking every attempt of people to break free.

    I see the coming of a Robin Hood who will design a hardware that is 100% made of non-proprietary parts, running an OS that is 100% non-proprietary, that is capable of running applications that are similarly 100% non-proprietary, and communicate on an Internet that is free as it should be via channels that are also 100% free and non-proprietary (and not littered with ads).

    I bet that would be the time when even Warren Buffett will see a viable business modell in computing and Internet…

    Nice list of cloud attempts, but let me repeat: this is not the future. This is an abomination at best, soon to be blown over… at least, that’s what I feel, I think, I foresee.

    • individul.x

      I’m with you buddy 100%.

    • Steven

      Like when they invented the steam engine and people said, “technology is moving too fast, I’ll keep my donkey.” Like that, right?

  • http://www.proseoindia.com Varun

    Great Apps, but need more offline apps.

  • http://www.streamlivesports.com Stream live sports

    Wow, This is amazing. Some of the alternatives were pretty useless to me such as Sliderocket, As i m quiet pro with Powerpoint, But damn, other alternatives were really useful. I’ll try the alternatives and get back ASAP.

  • http://areisdesigns.com Colorado Internet Marketing

    This is a great list. What I am most interested in learning about is the iCloud. I am wondering exactly how this would work, and if anyone has used it. I will definitely look into it more now that I am aware of it. I think it would be great to run almost everything in the cloud as I think your computer could run so much faster. What I would really love to see too is the whole Adobe Suite in the cloud. Thanks for the great post!

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    I like your post very much.

  • Jerome

    LOL. It helps a lot.

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  • Tim Barnes, CLU

    Thanks for the info. Insurance agents are always looking for a more efficient & economical way to do things. I’ve bookmarked this blog so I can share it with cost conscious insurance agents.

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  • http://www.DeniSmartBox.com/ Inspirational Motivational Videos

    Wonderful post! I had no idea of most of them, I’ll try kongregate and meebo now I think. Thanks for this info!

  • http://1dollar-corner.com Rammesh Perumal

    Good informative article, some of them I never heard of before. Thanks Ken Shi

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    a great alternative to the diagram software visio is:

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  • http://derrickjonesblog.com Derrick Jones

    This is off the hook, I’m going to try some of them now. Thanks.

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  • http://doityourselfsolarenergy.com Stephen Moore

    I stumbledupon this article and I’m glad I did. I’m having problems opening a file and Zamzar is just what I need. Many thanks!

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  • Komugi

    you could also use “flock” browser!
    Flock – the social browser w

  • http://www.zicocn.com/ zicocn

    Thanks for the info

  • nebross

    Wow great work, i never thought to see so many desktop applications that can be replaced by web apps.. thanks for the info KUDOS! I’m not really familiar with cloud computing yet, but i searched and thanks to you my interest has gotten wider and broader..

  • http://thewebsitemarketingblog.com Website Marketing Blog

    This is very cool, I never realized how many cool alternatives there were out there. I’ll be these out for sure. Cheers

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  • http://safcom.sytes.net SupMA5TER

    Excellent and highly informative article. I am simply amazed as to what the web is turning into.

  • http://www.banburyshireinfo.co.uk Ian

    Cool! Thanks for the heads up towards these alternatives. I’ll start checking them out as soon as I finish scribing this. Enjoy your day.

  • Jim D

    Great apps! Thanks for posting!

  • Nick

    Reaper… replaces cubase, protools, etc.

  • http://bytesource.blogspot.com bytesource

    these sites are great. you might also like http://bytesource.blogspot.com. free high quality internet services similar to the above posts

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  • Thomas J

    I like the list and shall be researching the ones of interest to me. I have also taken the time to read ALL the response’s so far.

    I feel I have to say I am totally amazed at the amount of thumbs up for Zamzar,,

    You have to wait for Zamzar to convert and then to send a url link for the download to your E-Mail Address, And it self destructs after 1 day, “All this is with the free account”

    While there are other “Free Online Conversion Tools” BTW most of them convert and provide a download link in real time.

    The “replacement”see what I did there….The replacement for Zamzar IMO has to be Convert.Files…….which can be fond here…..


    Great List Thou………

  • Adin van Ryneveld

    hi there,

    thanks for sharing these.

    are these FREE options as well as online options?

  • shuffle

    If you lose connection (like i did today) you are screwed 😛

  • http://www.literateknolohitura.com/ Otli

    Web services dominated the desktop software so web browsers are very powerful than the operating system. I like.

  • http://amateurgeeks.com sumanth

    superb post..really helpful in times..liked it..

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  • http://lawncareadvice.com.au/ Buffalo

    Great list but I’m one of those people who have major concerns with my privacy online, so I’m not going to be embracing the cloud anytime soon. But I am an avid user of Zamzar. Just visited the Mint website too, it’s exactly what I need and very tempting…. will have to consider it some more and try and get past my concerns. Thanks for the list.

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    List of 15 web apps designed to replace desktop software… Do you use any of these? How would you rate them? I’d love to know :)

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    Just when you think you have everything you can get to make your computer life easier, you find a site like this that just lets you know you haven’t even reached the bottom yet. LOL

    Great post. Getting a mac soon. Hope some of this is available on the mac

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  • http://fotosppf.blogspot.com/ Fotos PPF

    Excellent post, thank you so much.

  • Frankwick

    Good stuff, but…
    * Zip/unzip has been built into windows since 2001 (xp). No need for win zip or web alternative.
    * To replace office with a web app you only have two options, google docs and office live 365 (or whatever it is called now). Google gets the pub but 365 is a much better more mature solution. It seems the google produ is continuous beta.
    * icloud Reminds me of the webos project from 2000. Not the webos from palm. it died

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  • http://www.rideprestige.com Silvertongue62

    Alot of these softwares are cool. I just dont know if they live up to the replacement.

  • Ron

    HULU is OUT. They’ve become a “pay” site, and you get very little for free anymore.

    • http://danielwhiteblogs.blogspot.com Daniel White

      Most of the Hulu paid stuff has been converted to high definition. And they only have content that they are allowed to put up, if a company says no they can’t put their shows/movies up.

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  • Alex

    Openoffice to replace MS office

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  • http://www.dailytop15.com Dailytop15.com

    Something that i can describe in only one word “WOW”

  • http://www.sprightlymedia.com Tilak

    Valuable software list.

    Thanks for your efforts.

  • http://cid-78a12b64ec010973.office.live.com/self.aspx/The%20List Jae Kamel

    I do online research, and have a collection of Web Tools that is somewhat similar to yours, but yours is much better at showing cloud-based apps that replace desktop apps. Good Job. So, I’m now adding your collection to my collection.
    Note that the Web Tools List is not in the folder at the above link yet; neither is the Web Hosting List.

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  • http://www.gadgetfood.com David Batterson

    I suggest Sliderocket to anyone who wants something a little fresher than PowerPoint. It is a subscription based package (got it for my business’s) and it’s pretty affordable. Perfect for creating how to and tech based videos, or product/service oriented videos. Support is excellent and it’s easier to learn than PowerPoint.

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  • http://cyberst0rm.blogspot.com cyberst0rm

    This is a fantastic list of alternate apps.
    I’ve tried all of them and while they are not to everyone tastes, there are a few I will be sticking with permanently.

  • http://chandruaskutty.co.cc Chandru As Kutty

    Hey friends ,
    There is another resource , alternative to Microsoft Office that is called

    Zoho Office Suit .

    Microsoft Office Zoho Office

    Microsoft Word Zoho Writer

    Microsoft Excel Zoho Sheet

    Microsoft Power Point Zoho Show

    Zoho Creator that equals to Visual Basic
    and more to see http://zoho.com

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  • http://www.yagoona.ch Feuerschale

    Thanks for that list. There are always new and better apps coming into the market and it is so hard to keep track of these. Thanks for making that easier.

  • http://www.webiq.dk jimmy

    Hi great list

    Jaycut because I´ve just gone from xp to win7, and my cs3 pack doesn´t work on win7.
    Bitlet and hulu, is differently something I´m gonna take a closer look at.!

    @Chandru As Kutty Zoho that´s just so nice, and free for personal use, what more can i say.!

    Greatings from Denmark :o)

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  • http://www.domain4me.in Domain4me.in

    Very good article.

    Nowadays as browser capablities are improving like anything, and markup langualges becomes increasingly capable (HTML 5 and CSS3 ), a time will come there the desktop GUI building softwares no longer needed. browser will be enough for all.

  • http://shuttur.com Shuttur

    I think Sliderocket is a waste of time.. and I really wish Mint was in the UK!

  • http://ukr-net.info/ Володимир

    HULU is wery fine, I’m in love.

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  • Abigail

    Thank you for these compilation

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  • HQMonline

    hey buddy ,

    i downloaded slide rocket for offline use from

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  • tom

    zamar was bad. I tried to convert a ppt to pdf and it gave me a zip file stuffed with jpg, no pdf

  • Ted McQuinn

    Really useful list , I would add Creately as an alternative to Visio or Omnigraffle in Mac. I personally refer it as the SAAS Visio. As people get more mobile there will be an huge demand for web based application. Not to mention the high price of the desktop software.

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  • kris

    Nice list, for VoIP dialr.net will be agood addition to the list

  • http://quickhits.tumblr.com Wisco

    It’s been my experience that Bitlet’s functionality is entirely theoretical. I’ve never gotten it to work. And the meager amount of settings you get pretty much guarantees that if it doesn’t work the first time you ty it, it’ll never work with your machine.

    Nice idea, poorly executed.

  • http://www.de-moda.es/ Moda

    Really good list of webs i like Hulu & moof, thanks for this info from spain.

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  • JC

    Nice article. I wouldn’t say that all of these are comparable to the ones they are said to replace though. Also, the problem with online virus scan is what if the virus prevents you from getting to your browser?

  • Caleb

    This is stupid. Kongregate replace desktop gaming?!?!? haha i just can’t stop laughing at how stupid that is. Also why would u want to upload a file and redownload it just to unzip it?

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  • http://makedowith.com Adi Shenoi

    Some really interesting websites.. liked sliderocket, aviary and moof..

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  • http://www.nxtleveltech.co.za Lukestonehm

    LoL, There is no replacement for DX11 gaming. This much I can promise you.

  • http://www.geekybytes.org/ Advait

    Well, you need a better Internet connection for this
    but Aviary is what i use and i love it

  • gern

    iCloud. That’s hilarious.

  • Redmastif

    Good idea. Problem if you don’t have internet access, though. Especially if you’re stupid enough to basically put your whole hard drive on the cloud.

  • Felix

    please replace buggy wobzip with 2zip.org

  • ya ya

    For anyone saying cloud is a fad will be in for a shock. For hardware to be produced for . for internet will be very cheap to make and won’t be too far away that to edit your website’ do your accounting edit a movie will only require your mobile some sort of 3d mouse and a flat surface or 2 for screen and keyboard projection. All is available just sync them all together is one for Mr Sam and Mr sung to work out. Then a cloud based operating system will be the only way. And anyone worried about security nothing is sacred in both the real and web world. Get over it

  • http://www.fussedblogger.com Ajay

    These Web apps are awesome!
    We can make use of them in case we don’t have the particular software on the PC.

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