Here is a short list of free software for business and individuals.
If you know of any other software available then just let us know in the comment box at the bottom and we'll add it to the list.
Open Office (We use this almost daily)
OpenOffice.org 3 is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. A Free (and fully compatible) alternative to Microsoft Office.
Visit www.openoffice.org to download.
Open Workbench (This comes highly recommended)
Open Workbench is an open source Windows-based desktop application that provides robust project scheduling and management functionality. A free alternative to Microsoft Project.
Visit www.openworkbench.org to download.
Linux Operating System (We use this)
If you want to go the whole hog and replace your Windows operating system then you could do no worse than using Linux.
Linux is a comprehensive operating system that has thousands of available applications for any task you could require from your desktop computer. You can even install Linux alongside Windows and still access your windows applications.
Warning Whilst Linux is very robust and powerful, you should ensure that you backup any data you want to keep if you're going to use it to replace Windows.
Visit www.linux.org for more information.
Sugar CRM (We've used this)
A comprehensive and powerful Client/Contact Relationships Management (CRM) software. Comes with just about everything you could need from a CRM system including sales process management. It runs on the web and can work behind your website and be fully integrated into it.
Visit www.sugarcrm.com for more information.
Content Management Systems
A Content Management System (CMS) is a software that enables you to quickly and easily develop and manage websites and web content. I wrote an article about it (click here to read it).
This website was built using WordPress but there are plenty out there.
Here are just a few of the most popular ones: