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Operating system

  • Apple OS X
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Microsoft Windows

Web browser

  • Apple Safari
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer

Web browser plugins

Web search

  • Google Search
  • Microsoft Bing
  • Yahoo! Search

Online transactions

  • PayPal
  • Google Wallet

Email services

  • Gmail
  • Outlook
  • Yahoo! Mail

Email desktop clients

  • Apple Mail
  • Microsoft Outlook

Email encryption


  • Apple Maps
  • Google Maps

Cloud storage

  • Apple iCloud
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft SkyDrive

Social networking

  • Google+
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter

Instant messaging

  • AOL Instant Messenger
  • Google Talk
  • OS X Messages
  • Yahoo! Messenger

Video conferencing/VOIP

  • FaceTime
  • Google+ Hangouts
  • Google Talk
  • Skype

Media publishing

  • Flickr
  • Instagram
  • Picasa
  • Tumblr
  • YouTube

Document collaboration

  • Google Docs

Web analytics

  • Google Analytics



  • Apple iOS Messages
  • Apple Mobile Safari
  • WhatsApp Messenger

*This website uses the Free Software Foundation’s definition of free software.

“Free software” means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. With these freedoms, the users (both individually and collectively) control the program and what it does for them. (more …)

—The Free Software Foundation

Mentioned by the media.






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