What makes the Internet the extraordinary resource that it is? Some people say it's the way the Web seamlessly connects all of us; others value its role as a limitless data repository; still others are just there for the cute animal pictures. (Grumpy Cat doesn't count.) All of these points are valid, but when you drill down to nuts-and-bolts usefulness, one thing trumps them all.
The Internet is full of free stuff.
We've spent countless hours culling the jewels from the junk to craft our 18th annual roundup of free stuff, a virtual smorgasbord of the very best no-cost programs, apps, and services available online. To make your life easier, we've categorized the entries by the types of people they'll help most.
Dig in. You're sure to find something unexpectedly awesome.
Best free tools for...