Best Free Online Applications and Services

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8. Best Free Online Internet and eMail
 

Best Free Online Webmail (see also Disposable Email Address)

  • GMX Mail , complete with a Mail Collector, "lets you read and send emails from your multiple email accounts in one place. Easy to set up, no more going through various complicated settings for incoming and outgoing servers." (Review)
     
  • GMail features a search-oriented interface and a thread view, supports for Internet standard protocols and allows e-mail clients such as Thunderbird to access its mail server, offers about 7.4 GB free storage and 25 MB attachments but filtering out exe files.
     
  • LetterMeLater comes with a feature missing in other email service in that it allows you to compose an email and have it sent at any future date and time, or have it sent multiple times in a range or interval you select.
     

Best Free Online Email Tracking

  • SpyPig lets you find out if your email has been read by the recipient. It works with web based email and desktop email clients so long as both you and the recipient use an HTML-formatted email.
     

Best Free Online Download Manager

  • KeepVid helps you identify available streaming videos in different qualities and download them from a video sharing site, such as YouTube, by entering the URL of a video page, or by clicking the bookmarklet Keep It! when watching a video from the site.
     

Best Free Online Instant Messaging

  • eBuddy , a web client allows you to chat with all your friends using MSN, Yahoo!, AIM, Gtalk, ICQ, Hyves and Facebook Protocols. It is also avaliable on various mobile devices such as the iPhone, Android and other mobile devices. (Review)
     

Best Free Online News Reader or Feed Aggregator

  • Pulse , manage and read your news sources and RSS feeds in visual mosaics, click or tap one to read the story in a clean reader and slide to the next. What's more, you can share the stories with your friends via Facebook, Twitter and email easily, or mark them as your favorites.
     

Best Free Online Web Search

  • Google Search , the most-used search engine on the web, with search options for images, videos, news, blogs, updates, books, forums, and other features.
     
  • Open Directory Project (also known as Dmoz, or Directory Mozilla) lets you search the web content by category maintained by a community of volunteer editors. Alternatively, you can use Google Directory which sorts the directory from Dmoz by popularity.
     

Best Free Online Poll and Survey

  • Micropoll , create a simple poll with a question and multiple-choice answers in live preview, and use it wherever you want to post the poll. Features include enable or disable visitors from viewing reports, IP blocking and more.
     

Best Free Online Web Page Editor / Reader

  • PrintWhatYouLike , "a free online webpage editor lets you quickly remove images or the background of a webpage, click and add the boxes or frames you want, isolate and resize them, change the font type and size, fit your selection to a page width, redo or undo an edit and save in pdf or html formats." (Review) See also Web2PDF.
     
  • PrintFriendly , a simple tool to make reading individual articles on the Web more enjoyable with no cluttering. Even better, click to delete any part of a webpage in the print-friendly view until you're satisfied for printing or saving it into a PDF file. A bookmarklet is also available. (Review)
     

Best Free Online Navigation

  • Google Maps , a mapping service application lets you search for a map with related information such as an address and contact numbers, get directions to go from one place to another or even create and share your own maps.
     

Best Free Online Weather Monitoring

  • WeatherSpark , get weahter forecasts of the locations you choose, and pan and zoom through the entire history of a weather station in configurable and interactive graphs showing all weather information you need in one place. (Review)
     

Best Free Online Bookmark Manager

  • Delicious allows you to keep your personal bookmarks online for access from anywhere, or share and discover web bookmarks. You can search bookmarks by tags, transfer bookmarks inside your browser to your Delicious account or download a copy of bookmarks for backup.
     
  • Diigo gives you more powerful bookmark service with additional research tools featuring highlights, sticking notes, comments and more. You can also drag its bookmarklet Diigolet to your bookmark bar for direct access to the service.
     
  • Pocket (formerly Read It Later) , never miss a page you want to read later, just one click to save it to your list, or after your are done reading a page, remove it from the list. A bookmarklet is supported.
     

Best Free Online URL Shortener (see also URL Expander)

  • bitly , a useful tool to shorten and share your web links (or URLs), with a free account available for tracking them with a statistics page. You can also save, search and organize all your links and group them into bundles.
     

Best Free Online Password Manager

  • LastPass "stores more than usernames and passwords, it stores webform information in a similar manner to Roboform's Passcards. It also securely stores your notes." [You can use LastPass Bookmarklets as an alternative to the program or extension when you can't install it somewhere or when you're travelling.] (Review)
     

Best Free Online Connection Speed Test

  • Speedtest.net provides key measurements on download speed, upload speed and ping to determine the overall quality and performance of your Internet connection. It also identifies your Internet service provider and server location.
     

Best Free Online Browsing Tools

  • PageZipper , life is too short to spend clicking "Next" and refreshing the next page? Then you will find this a time saver. Try our Recently popular pages and click PageZipper bookmarklet if it helps.
     

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by smartnelo on 28. February 2013 - 16:12  (105835)

cool site

by Panzer on 4. March 2013 - 9:28  (105929)

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by Jojo Yee on 19. April 2013 - 9:18  (107186)

Thanks for your comment emgil3. Knowcase.com is now removed from the list.

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by Jojo Yee on 27. May 2013 - 1:23  (108051)

Your feedback is welcome cpedley. OneBudget is now delisted.

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I suggest a new category "Shared resource (Room) booking"

Ian

by BertieFox on 14. September 2013 - 10:59  (110703)

On line notes organisers, note makers etc.

Does anybody know why none of these programs offer a simple import facility for existing data we might have on our Windows machines, such as a comma delimited, tab delimited or other simple file.

In the 21st century we really shouldn't need to re-enter all our existing data at the keyboard to make full use of these online programs. None of the ones listed appear to offer such a capability as far as I can see, including on line database programs I have also found.

Any suggestions?

by tony on 7. April 2014 - 14:36  (115551)

Forgive me if I have missed it, but MS are now free online
https://office.com/start/default.aspx

by Jojo Yee on 8. April 2014 - 0:26  (115556)

Yes it is, Tony. It was included in the list during the previous update.

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