As unlikely as it may seem, Redmond actually has a thriving – though largely unsung – library of free applications available to download. And we’re not just talking about freeware cobbled together in bedrooms by people who don’t get out much.

We’re talking well-engineered, high-quality programs written by the same people who created Windows and all the rest. It’s stuff we’re sure that Microsoft would love to charge for, but with uncharacteristic benevolence, it’s chosen to give it away.

The only difficulty is finding the stuff : it’s hidden here and there in and around Microsoft’s sprawling website. Well, the folks at techradar played detective and tracked down the best free Microsoft apps.

Check out the 48 free Microsoft apps at techradar.

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