Software roundup: the best free downloads of the week

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Software roundup: the best free downloads of the week

Here's a round up of the best new applications and updates from the past few days that you may have missed. Get the free downloads here.

Mozilla Firefox 5

Earlier today, Mozilla released the final build of Firefox 5, which ushers in some interesting tweaks and improvements. Highlights include support for CSS animations (a technology which makes it easy for developers to create simple web animations), plus improved memory and networking performance (you can now open a lot more tabs without crashing the browser).

Download Firefox 5 Final here.

 

Webian Shell

Webian Shell is a cross-platform full-screen browser that gives prominence to web apps. It's essentially a Chromium-style full screen web browser that sits on top of your operating syetem.  It utilises a tabbed interface, with a tab dedicated to all of the web apps you use each day, along with the web sites you frequent.

Download Webian Shell here.

 

EIGHT

EIGHT is a browser start page that takes its inspiration from the look of Windows 8, giving your browser a clean and uncluttered feel while providing access to useful links.

A series of tiles that link to various popular web sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Google, as well as an inbuilt search field  EIGHT is compitable with a range of popular browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer and Chrome

Download EIGHT here.

 

Skype 5.5 beta

Skype has released a new Windows beta of its popular instant messaging and voice and video mail client. The beta grants access to a number of new features, including deeper integration between Skype and Facebook.

Download Skype 5.5 Beta here.

 

Hamster Free ZIP Archiver


As its name implies, Hamster Free ZIP Archiver is a free, multi-format archiver for Windows. Fast and user-friendly, it comes with plenty of options on board that will appeal to novices and advanced users alike. It supports a range of popular compressed formats including ZIP, 7z and RAR.
 

Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.5

 

The latest version of Panda Cloud Antivirus adds a number of new features and improvements, including faster scanning times and specific file extension checks.

Download Panda Cloud Antivirus 1.5 here.

Chrome 13 beta


Chrome 13 beta is a feature-packed update that adds Print Preview, PDF output and prerendering speedup to Google's existing browser. There is also a host of smaller additions, bug-fixes and speedups that are worth checking out.

 Download Chrome 13 beta here.

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