Innovations in the tech world can be overwhelming that sometimes you’re not sure of which one to go for. Well, there is certainly nothing wrong about going for Open Source software because they are now the most widely-used in terms of OS and browser. More and more users are now switching to open source and once you change, you will never regret it. Both big and small companies have seen the benefits of using open source since it is free of charge and can be used for a number of equipment. The source codes are free and can be accessed by anyone to dissect, examine and even alter. You could not get this freedom from any software except for open source alone. Information technology is meant to be shared and not to be kept and charged for a high price. Open source software is seemingly a great product for complete collaboration to occur and you can even alter a product’s source code, make your own version and sell it for profit. The ability to modify codes is an asset for many companies because they can improve their products anytime to better suit the needs of the customers.
Of course, one of the best things about open source software is that it is free, but the software is also filled with features that are usually pricey compared to their equivalents. In terms of word processing, Microsoft Word is still the standard choice but why pay hundreds of dollars? There is still the alternative Open Office where you can do the same things like open any word document and save documents in.doc format. Although there are slight differences with how the menu works, but it is not significant enough to distract from the functionality of the program. The Microsoft Word Microsoft Excel also has it Open Office equivalent which is the Open Office Calculator which fully compatible with Microsoft Excel without having to pay for the license fee.
In terms of emails, of course there is the popular Microsoft Outlook, but why settle for this when there are alternatives? If you’re using Windows or Linux, why not try Evolution? It is easy to set up email accounts and saving email settings is just a couple of clicks away. Some users even find it easier to use compared to Outlook.
We all know that Microsoft is prone to viruses, so why not use Avast Free instead. This is a great little program which runs quietly in the background checking your computer with its real time shields and updates automatically. You can get the license for free and use it for 1 year, and then you can just register it again. Surely a PC life saver!
Open source software users have the ability to download and use software at no cost at all. This is already something big! Plus you can use this software for both big and small companies without pressure. You’re free to use, modify and make improvements with the code to give each user what he needs, and remove the features not needed or does not appeal to the target market.