Opera Neon is The Most Interesting Web Browser You Will Download Today

For years, the design of a web browser has been same for almost all PCs. You will have a tab strip at the top of the window that is text next to favicons, an address bar below it. A hamburger menu with some additional icons next to address bar and if you need, there will be a bookmarks bar right below the address bar that is followed by space for web pages.

It has been the same for quite some time, and no matter what mainstream browser you look at nearly all of them work on the same basic principal.

Well, not Opera Neon.

Opera Neon is the browser underdog’s new project that re-imagines how a browser could work and how it can make web browsing modern. After downloading and installing the browser, you will realize that the browser takes all the UI principals of making a web browser and throws them out of the window.

Opera Neon Desktop
Opera Neon Desktop

Instead of a long series of tabs at the top of the Window, you will find beautiful blobs that look very similar to Chatheads in Facebook’s Messenger App. Rather than Having a themed or Gray background for the Window, Neon uses your desktop wallpaper that gives the browser an open feeling.

Tabs in Opera Neon
Tabs in Opera Neon

One of the most useful features of the browser is the ability to use the websites in the split screen mode. If you have more than one browser tab open and you want to work on 2 of them, just click on a button, and you will have two websites side by side -no need to open and split them like you have to do with Google Chrome.

Split screen in Neon
Split screen in Neon

Opera has not only innovated on large ideas, but also the company has added some other small other things that can prove to be very convenient in the future. For example, there is a simple drawer that lets you control volume output from all open tabs. Also, there is a built-in screen capture tool that works perfectly in my short test and was able to manage snaps easily.

You can download and try the browser right now; there are still things that can be added -there is no extension support yet- but Neon is defiantly worth looking into if you like trying new ideas.

READ NEXT: These are the five best web browsers for Windows 10.

Microsoft’s Blue Screen of Death is Going Green (for Windows Insiders)

The Blue Screen of Death is getting some cosmetic changes in the insider builds. In the Windows insiders preview build 14997, among some other new features, Microsoft is also making some changes on its scariest error screen by changing its color to green.

The change was first teased by Microsoft employee Matthijs Hoekstra on Twitter.

Twitter user Chris quickly found the change made by Microsoft in the insider release by doing something he referred as a ‘force bug check.’

One other change on the BSoD is the addition of a QR code. Blue Screen of Deaths have a problem or error code that can be searched online to find the cause of BSoD and diagnose it, adding a QR code is a welcome move as it will make searching and diagnosing faster.

It is not yet clear if the green color was selected for any particular reason, but the addition of QR code can be understood easily.

The change in color is only for Windows Insiders as it will make it easy to distinguish between Windows Releases. As of now, Microsoft has not announced any plan to change the color for regular releases of the operating system. The QR should make it to regular version though as it will be useful for all users.

It should be noted that the Insider Preview was leaked, apart from the changes in BSoD, the new build also adds some other new features, such as:

  • F.lux like blue light reduction mode
  • Options to set-up Cortana on the initial PC setup
  • Microsoft Edge tab improvements
  • App folders on Start Menu/Screen

There is no denying that having an error-free operating system is impossible, and it is at least good that Microsoft is making some changes to help users in understanding the errors.

READ NEXT:  How to Fix Windows 10’s Privacy Problems.

What do you think about Microsoft’s decision to change the color? Share with others in the comments below…

5 Best Microsoft Edge Alternatives (and why you may want one)

In this article, we will discuss some of the best Microsoft Edge Alternatives for Windows 10 and we will talk about which one should choose for yourself.

Microsoft introduced the Microsoft Edge browser with Windows 10. The motive behind was to create a new and quick browser that can replace the aging (and often hated) Internet Explorer. Don’t get me wrong, Edge is really good at dealing some shortcomings of Internet Explorer, but it is still not better than other browsers available for Windows. In this article, we will discuss some of the best Microsoft Edge Alternatives for Windows 10 and we will talk about which one should choose for yourself.

But Why is Microsoft Edge worth Replacing?

Edge is just one-year-old browser and granted that it is quick and light weight for most tasks, it still has some flaws that can be a dealbreaker for you.

Edge is not available for Android or iOS

A good browser should be available for all mobile and desktop platforms. Edge is only available for Windows 10 desktop versions and the Windows 10 Mobile. Having a browser available on all platforms helps you in browsing the web with more convenience because all your settings, bookmarks, and passwords can be synced across your phones, tablets, and PCs.

There are still very low number of extensions

When Edge first shipped with Windows 10, the browser had no support for Extensions whatsoever, I pointed it out in my review and now that Anniversary update has brought support for them in the browser, the number of Extensions for Edge feels like nothing compared to old, popular browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

The browser is too limited on features

Edge is just one-year-old and it lacks some obvious features that a web browser is expected to have. For an example, right click on a link in edge and you can’t find any option to open it in an InPrivate Tab.

Want one more example? In Clear history dialog, you can’t delete history from recent hours, you are only able to delete it from the beginning. Shortcomings like this may not be a dealbreaker for everyone, but why to settle for something like Edge when you can switch to a feature packed and polished browser.

Best Microsoft Edge Alternatives

Opera

Some of you might have expected Google Chrome as the best alternative for Microsoft Edge, well, Chrome is a great browser, but, if you are not into Google’s Ecosystem that much, Opera could be the right choice for you.

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Opera is the best Microsoft Edge alternative.

The Browser is available in all major desktop and mobile platforms. It looks very similar to Google Chrome and it is simple to use. Opera is powered by Blink Engine -the same used by Chrome. Because of that, Opera performs very similar to Google Chrome and it feels very snappy.

Combine that with built -in ad-blocker, a Free VPN and built in torrent downloading support and you get a quite feature-packed browser that runs well on all platforms.

Opera makes two versions for mobile phones, the first one is called Opera Mobile and the other one is called Opera Mini. Both are good at syncing with desktop browsers and they too have ad-blocker built-in.

Who Should Use Opera?

If you are not too much tied to Google Services and you don’t want to pay for a VPN service separately, Opera is perfect for you.

Google Chrome

Google Chrome is currently the most used browser on earth, Built on Chromium, Chrome is the benchmark for speed, simplicity, and performance. Google Chrome has a very simple UI, deep enough customization features to keep general users happy and a really, really large extension library.

Chromebook Pixel
Chromebook Pixel Running Chrome Browser | Image: Google

Chrome is available for Linux, Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android. You can log-in into the browser on any platform to sync your bookmarks, settings, and passwords quickly. Apart from that, Google regularly updates the browser to add new features and improve performance.

Chrome is a great Microsoft Edge alternative if you want a stable web-browser that just works.

Who Should Use Google Chrome?

If you use Google’s services regularly and you want your browser to have extensions for almost anything, Chrome should be your pick.

Vivaldi

Vivaldi is a web-browser built for power users. The browser uses Blink engine (same as Opera and Google Chrome) and it was built by the former CEO of Opera ASA.

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Vivaldi on Windows 10

Vivaldi shines at giving you customizability options and letting you bend almost every aspect of your browsing experience. You can organize almost any button or toolbar as you like. The performance is speedy and it looks good enough for almost every seasoned computer user to start experimenting with the browser.

But there is a bad news for people who want to use the browser on the mobile platforms: the browser is currently not available for Android or iOS.

Who should use Vivaldi?

Vivaldi is good for users who look for endless customizations from their browsers. But you should also have to be OK with no syncing with mobile browsers.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox is a well-known and open source web browser. The browser is fast, customizable and stable enough to be the daily driver for most people. Mozilla Firefox has built-in options for Video Chats and IM, it comes preloaded with excellent read-it-later service called Pocket and it is one of the few browsers who focuses on user privacy.

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Mozilla Firefox is the best open source web browser.

Firefox has a vast library of extensions and themes. You can install them from an official marketplace. Occasionally, you might see some ads on your New-Tab page, but you can turn it off with just one click.

The browser is available for all major desktop platforms and on Android and iOS too. Firefox is the only browser on our list that supports extensions on its mobile versions. Mozilla’s browser currently ranks third in terms of market share and judging on its feature set, Firefox deserves its place.

Who should use Firefox

Firefox is a great browser for people who want good privacy without compromising on features. If you are a supporter of Open Source Software (OSS) Firefox is a good project to support.

MX5

Maxthon has been making a pretty feature packed browser for quite some time. MX5 is the name of the fifth version of the program, currently it is in beta.

MX5 is a bit slow to start compared to Chrome or Edge, but once it is up, the browser shines at letting you use the web, in the way you want. Maxthon’s cloud syncing service called Passport is baked into the browser and you can take notes, manage emails and save passwords in it. All of the data is automatically synced to all your devices and it is free.

MX5 maxthon browser
Maxthon’s MX5

The browser has a flat UI, customizable new tab backgrounds, and a built-in ad-blocker too. Combine it with a good night mode, built-in RSS Reader, and rich customizations options, It may make you wonder why MX5 is still not the most popular browser.

Who should get MX5

People who are tired of using Edge, Firefox, Chrome or Opera. People who want their browser to be feature packed. However, if you don’t have an SSD on your computer, slow start-up time may become a turn off for you.

Summary: Following are the best Microsoft Edge Alternatives:

  • Opera
  • Google Chrome
  • Vivaldi
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Maxthon MX5

Can you suggest any good Microsoft Edge Alternatives?

Apart from the browsers we talked above, do you have any other recommendations for Microsoft Edge Replacements? Which one do you use and why? Share with us in the comments below.

Google is Building a New Operating System And It’s Not Based On Linux

Here is a surprising news for you: Google is secretly creating an Operating System, the OS is not a new version of Android or Chrome OS, it’s different and it doesn’t use Linux Kernel.

 

Here is a surprising news for you: Google is secretly creating an Operating System, the new OS is not a new version of Android or Chrome OS, it’s different and it doesn’t use Linux Kernel.

Named Fuschia on its GitHub page, the OS will be completely open source, meaning anyone will be allowed to see and change the source code of the Operating System. Google has named the OS Fuschia, which is the result when you mix Pink and Purple color together.

More about Google’s Fuschia

The OS uses a new Kernel called Magenta, which is focused to go toe-to-toe with IoT related operating systems like ThreadX and RTOS. However, the OS will also be able to run on bigger and more powerful devices such as Desktops and Smartphones.

The Operating System is being written in a programming language called Dart and it supports Flutter, a way to create cross-platform Android and iOS apps.

It appears that Google, does not want to let people know about the ongoing project, the GitHub page has no useful description, none of Google Blogs have mentioned the project and it is unclear if the Fuschia will only be used on IoT devices or not.

However, having more details about the Fuschia project are just a matter of time as it will be documented and announced eventually. When this happens, we will be informing you about it.


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4 Better Evernote Alternatives (and why you may want one)

Should you stick to Evernote? If not than why and what should you choose? Let’s discuss some of the best Evernote alternatives you can switch to.

No doubt, Evernote is a great note taking platform. It has been refining its user experience and it has been adding new and useful features since its launch. Still, the time has changed and some really great Evernote alternatives have arrived in the market. As note taking is becoming more and more important part of a productive person’s life, the app can really make or break things.

So, should you stick to Evernote? If not than why and what are the best apps to switch to?

Why it makes sense to switch to an Evernote alternative?

Evernote is good at taking notes and if it was the only app to do that, people would still love it as much they do today. Still, being good doesn’t help if there are reliable and better products are available and it Evernote being expensive makes its vote weaker.

Evernote is expensive

Sure, there is a free tire of the product. But if you are into serious note taking, you would want to upgrade to paid tier that costs between $4 to $10 per month. The free version is too restrictive and you can only use it on 2 devices. Also you won’t be able to save a notebook locally if you are not paying for app.

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Evernote getting expensive

App has a distaracting UI

A note taking app has to be simple and straight forward. Evernote’s desktop apps might feel bloated and navigating around them can be tedious for newcomers. At moments when you want to focus on your writing, Evernote’s apps may become distracting.

It is not available for Linux

Evernote has no client for Linux and it may be a deal breaker for many users. Sure, you can use the web version but having a Dedicated app could be much better than using a Web app.

Best Evernote Alternatives

Microsoft OneNote

OneNote is probably the best alternative to Evernote as it offers almost all features and costs, well, nothing. The notes are organized in notebooks and sections; you can share the Notebooks -not individual pages – with other users. OneNote has a good web clipper, pen support and it can also search for text within images. You can also use tags to find similar things at once and there are also options to embedding YouTube videos directly into notes.

In past, Microsoft bundled OneNote with its Office Suite, but you can get it for free now. The free version included all features and there are no restrictions on the number of devices or size of notes per month.

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Onenote is powerful and free, which makes it an ideal Evernote alternative

By default, OneNote stores notebooks on OneDrive, but, if you need, you can save them locally. However, Local notebooks don’t have sync support. OneNote is available for Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and Web.

Should you use OneNote?

If you are looking for an Evernote alternative but don’t want to compromise with features or quality, OneNote is your best bet.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a free note taking service that is available for Android, iOS and Web. Keep is pretty straightforward. You can add notes, list, images, audio as notes and you are supposed to use it on a web browser if you are using a desktop or laptop. Keep is really good at being simple. Google Keep lacks many advance feature that Evernote or OneNote have, but it covers the basics and you won’t have to deal with endless options.

google keep : evernote alternative
There is no dedicated App for Desktops, but Web app works well.

One of the biggest turn-off about Keep is its lack of a dedicated app, if you are using Chrome or Chromebook it should not bother you too much, but if you want to use a dedicated app on your Laptop or desktop, you are better off looking at any other Evernote alternative.

Who is it for?

Replace Evernote with Google Keep if you take notes mostly on your mobile devices and you want a simple note taking app with essential features.

Simplenote

Simplenote is made by Auttomatic -the company that is behind WordPress. It is a really straight forward Text note solution and it supports markdown. Simplenote is extremely minimal, you can add lists, bulleted points on notes and that’s all. There is no support for adding images or writing with pen. That’s not all, you can tag notes, publish them directly on the web, you can pin notes into the top of the list and see and restore previous versions of your notes. The apps are lightweight (Windows version is almost 50MB and Android version is under 10 MB as well)

After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplentoe
After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplentoe

Availability: Simplenote is the only good Simplenote alternative that has its own Linux app. Other platforms support includes Apps for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.

Who is Simplenote for?

Simplenote is not for you if you add images regularly, However, for people who write, Simplenote is a great app. I have been using it since its release for Windows and it really helps in keeping focus at writing and its apps are really snappy. So, go with Simplenote if you want markdown and you don’t need to add images into your notes.

Read: Simplenote VS Evernote : head to head comparison

Apple Notes

Apple notes is not the most powerful note taking app on the planet, but if you use apple products it may be a great Evernote alternative for you. Feature wise, Apple Notes covers all basics. You can add images on notes, on iOS devices, you can set a passcode to protect the notes. The syncing is really good. In my past experiences, I haven’t had any syncing problem with the app.

Apple notes is completely free and all your notes are saved in iCloud for syncing.

Obviously, it is only available for macOS and iOS, and it is preinstalled so you al.

Should you go with Apple notes?

If you use iDevices and Macs exclusively and you don’t need any advance features, Apple Notes can be a great note taking app for you.

TL; DR

So, at the end, following are the best Alternatives to Evernote:

  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Google Keep
  • Simplenote
  • Apple Notes

Which one is your favorite?

Among all Evernote alternatives that we discussed in the post, which one are you switching to and why? share with us in the comments below.


Read Next: What is ReadyBoost and how do I use it properly?

Here are 4 Best Image Viewers For Windows 10

Microsoft removed Windows Photo Viewer in latest version of its operating system. Lets take a look at 4 best Image viewers for Windows 10

Yesterday, I received a mail from a Getting Geek reader Jessie. He wrote that he is searching for an alternative to Photos App and what are the best image viewers for Windows 10.


Hello Saurabh,
I like Windows 10, but I don’t like that Microsoft removed the old Windows Photo Viewer and replaced with new Photos App. I know that it is fast and easy to use. But the library management is not okay. I don’t want to spend money on Adobe’s Image Management apps.
Can you recommend me some of the best image viewers for Windows 10?
Thanks

You can also submit your questions here.


Back in 2015, when Microsoft released Windows 10, the company replaced many default apps. Some of the most notable of these are Groove Music, Microsoft Edge and also the Movies and TV app.
Whereas Photos app is good enough for most basic tasks, it may not be useful if you want to tweak any photo. Granted that there are some basic options for fixing an image, but beyond that, you may be needing a replacement for Photos App.

So, here are some of the best image viewers for Windows 10.

Google Picasa

google picasa best photo viewer for windows 10
Picasa is probably one of the most polished image viewers for Windows 10.

Sure, Google Killed off Picasa recently, but the photo viewer app is still polished enough for most people. The Picasa Photo Viewer is fast, stable and its looks downright cool.
Rather than looking like an image viewer in Android’s Gallery app, the Photo Viewer for Windows has a similar feeling to a media player. You can press Enter key on your keyboard to see any image in fullscreen mode, and if you need, with just one click, you can start a slideshow.
Now that Google has shut down Picasa’s web service, the image upload feature will not be supported. Still, the app should run fine.
Even if you don’t want advanced image editing that Picasa offers, you should give Picasa a try. I have been using it on all my computers, and it has never let me down.
Download

Faststone Image Viewer

fast stone image viewer for windows 10

Faststone is a free image viewer that you can use as a replacement for Photos app in Windows 10. Rather than creating albums, Faststone focuses on managing photos in a folder centric approach. Faststone is not as goo looking as Picasa, but it has far better slideshow options. Also, Faststone has much better support for different  Image formats. There are a couple of color schemes to choose from, but overall, Faststone is only good if have a habit of dealing with Software with dozens of sidebars and you like to dig around in option to customize the toolbar and other settings.
Download FastStone

XnView

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XnView is a popular image viewer. The developer claims that XnView has support for almost 500 different formats. In my testing, it did open most types of image formats that I had. As a cherry on top, XnView can also convert images to another format should you need to.
XnView’s features don’t stop there. It has built-in options for applying basic fixes and filters. Also, it can create slideshows for you.
In image management departments, XnView has great support for batch renaming, metadata management, and a duplicate file finder.
XnView makes it a great replacement for built-in Photos app in Windows 10 if you deal with tons of image formats every day or you want some extra control with your pictures. It is free for personal use and does not include any adware or spyware.

Download XnView

IrfanView

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Named after it’s creator Irfan Skiljan, IrfanView is an excellent image viewer for Windows if you are a fan of speed and lightweight apps.
IrfanView has almost 2 MB footprint, a simple UI and great support for plugins. The App has great support for most image formats; it has some basic editing features and options to take screenshots of your display.
Just like some options we talked about above, IrfanView is free for private use or educational purposes.

Download IrfanView (Windows, Free for personal use)

Conclusion

In conclusion, the following are the four best image viewers for Windows 10:

  • Google Picasa
  • FastStone Image Viewer
  • XnView
  • IrfanView

Which one is your favorite?

Among all the app in this post, which one do you think is the best image viewer for Windows 10 and why? Share with others in the comments below.
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OneNote Vs Simplenote : Which one should you choose?

Lets compare two of the greatest Note taking apps made in this century.

Its 2016, and still mankind has not been able to build a perfect note taking app. Almost all of them have some kind of flaw. Some are too bloated, some are too basic and some (Looking at you, EverNote) are too expensive for what they have to offer. In the Note-taking app crowd, OneNote and Simplenote are two best and unique apps. In this post, we will take a look at in Onenote vs Simplenote , which one is better for you and why.

Onenote vs Simplenote

Simplenote and OneNote both are some of the best apps ever made. Microsoft and Auttomatic both have been in this market for some time. Whereas Microsoft has built OneNote and sold it with other Microsoft Office apps for years Auttomatic has simply bought the app and made it completely free for everyone.
When thinking about Onenote vs Simplenote , the differences are not just these. As the philosophy and overall feel for both note-taking apps is completely different.

Creating Notes

The best notebook is one that you have everytime, SimpleNote and Onenote both are more than enough to cover your note taking need in an instant.

Onenote has a full wordprocessor style UI where you can create and format notes as you wish, to take a note, simply click on any empty place and start hitting your keyboard. In Simplenote, you also have same convenince as Onenote – except for one thing, you cant format any note more than Markdown. There are no options for you to change text colors or to instet any thing other than text. OneNote has great support for stylus, whereas Simplenote does not have it at all.

In Onenote, you can write, draw, insert images and audio recordings. In Simplenote, you are striittly limited to plain text that can be used with markdown. If you paste a image from a web page, Simplenote will convert it to a link to image that can be opened in a web browser.

Managing notes

When deciding between Onenote vs Simplenote , OneNote is great for most people because it does so much and it has most features that a simple user may need.
Instead of listing a endless amount of notes on a sidebar, OneNote lets you create separate Notebooks and sections. You can create a notebook for Work and one for your home or hobby.
Simplenote is a bit restrictive on notes management as it doesn’t let you divide notes in folders or sections. Instead, you can add tags to your notes and later find and sort notes based on tags.
For this single reason, Onenote should be the winner for most users in Onenote vs Simplenote debate.

Onenote vs simplenote

Also Read: Best Onenote alternatives

Simplenote has some great plus points too

Granted that Onenote has extra features, Simplenote is still favorite for many known writers and publishers. The reason lies in convenience and attention to polish.
Simplenote has some features that Onenote simply cant offer. For example, you can directly publish a note on the internet and send a link to your friend to read it. Unlike other services, It just works, two clicks and boom- you don’t even have to launch a web browser.
Not just that, Simplenote has good Fantastic markdown support.
for an example, to make a sentence to H1 simple Place a # in front of it.
Also, a UI as minimalist as Simplenote will definalety help you in focusing on your work rather than searching within tons of toolbars.

Performance and cross platform availability

Both of the apps are available for almost all common platforms. Onenote looks and works best on Windows. Whereas Simplenote ‘s OS X app feels more polished than other platforms. Android apps are a different story though, OneNote is good enough for simple takes but feels too complicated sometimes. Simplenote on android feels snappy but it looses its markdown feature.
Debate on performance between Simplenote and Onenote goes in favor of Simplenote. The apps are ridiculously small for both platforms. The Android version sizes 4 MB to download not only it makes it faster in installation but also overall the app is far more faster in operation.

So, Which one should you pick?

So after looking on different aspects of these note taking solutions, which one is really better? Simplenote or Onenote?

OneNote is good for almost everybody

Granted that the app is a bit bloated, Onenote is still the best Note taking solution for normal users. Not only it is feature rich but also Onenote offers better flexibility than even some paid alternatives.
In case you are a student, or you need to work with photos, Onenote is the only winner for you in Simplenote vs Onenote comparison.

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Onenote feels like a Word Processor

Simplenote is for some specific users

Simplenote, while being too limited compared to OneNote, is still a worth consideration for many cases. Writers, Bloggers and creative people find its minimalism useful.
Programmers and developers can benefit from its excellent markdown support. If you need to focus while jotting down notes and you don’t have needs for image support or a stylus, you should be going with Simplenote.

After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplentoe
After using OneNote for 2 Years, I have switched to Simplentoe

Which one do you prefer?

After talking about Onenote vs Simplenote on many points, which one do you prefer and why? Share with others in the comments below.
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These Are The 5 Best Video Players for Windows 10

There are tons of media playing software available for all versions of Windows, but Which is the best Video Player for Windows 10 ? Let’s take a look.

Yesterday evening, I received a mail from a Getting Geek reader Chris. He wrote:

Hi Getting Geek team,
I have been using Windows 10 for almost 4 months now,
I like many new features including new start menu and virtual desktop. 
But, I don't like the default video player in Windows 10. 
It is speedy enough, but, sometimes, It wont play a video file.
It also does not stay on top of my desktop. 
I have been looking for Best Video Player for Windows 10 for a while.
Almost all options on Windows Store are useless.
What do you think is the best Video Player for Windows 10 ?

-Chris

Well, Chris, The problems you said about the default video player in Windows 10 are legit. The app is new, so I can understand that it can lack some advanced features, but still it feels lame compared to other video players for Windows.

Movies and TV app is just lame

Microsoft introduced new Music Player called Groove, and a new Video Player called Movies and TV in Windows 10. Groove Music is also a limited option for audiophiles and it is too limited for PowerUsers.
Movies and TV app is also not any different than the Groove Music regarding feature set. The app is somewhat limited to playing a few video formats; there is no always on top functionality, and it will pause playing if you minimize the App.
It is essentially just a new way for Microsoft to make money by selling Videos and Movies.
Anyone coming from Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center (Both of which were made by Microsoft) may feel that Microsoft could do some more with the Movies and TV app. It doesn’t even have support for external subtitle files.
But worry not, there are other options for you.
Microsoft may have made an underpowered Video Player for Windows 10, but don’t worry, you can replace it in just a couple of minutes with a powerful and feature rich alternative. Here are some of the best Video Player for Windows 10.

VLC Media Player

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Probably the best Video Player in The world, VLC can play almost all media formats in the universe. Created by VideoLAN, VLC has been favorite media player of power users for years; the app has great support for Subtitles, equalizer, media controls and media formats.
If you need any feature that is not currently built in the player, you may find a plugin for the task.
VLC is open source too, and it is available in two ways, the first one is the traditional version, it runs as a desktop software, and the another one is the UWP App, which is available in Windows Store.
While both versions have some similarity, I would recommend you to download the traditional version as it has more features.

Download VLC 

The KM Player

KM Player
KM Player

Often called KMP, The KM Player is very similar to VLC in some ways, it is feature packed media player that supports almost all major media formats.
The Default UI looks a bit better than VLC Media Player; The App also has good support for audio tuning and Subtitles. Other features include a simple video and audio capture system, ability to toggle always on top mode quickly and full skinning support.
KM Player is completely free, and it is also available for Google Android.

Download KMPlayer

Media Player Classic

Media Player Classic is also called MPC-HC sometimes, it is very similar in look and feel with VideoLAN’s offering.

Media Player Classic
Media Player Classic

MPC is free to use, and it also has support for almost all media files that you can imagine. The UI looks a bit dated, and that is perhaps the only downside. Media Player Classic is quite lightweight on PC resources and hence, it won’t bog down the performance of your computer too much.

Download Media Player Classic

Plex

Enough about simple Video Players already, let’s talk about other cool options. Plex is a home media server. After installing and configuring it, Plex can stream movies stored on your PC to any other Plex-enabled devices in your home.

best video player for windows 10 - plex
Plex looks good and works surprisingly well

But why am I mentioning it in my Best Video Player for Windows 10 list? Because it does that beautifully. Once you have done scanning of all media files, Plex can automatically pull trailers and actor info along with plot from IMDB. The features list doesn’t end here; Plex can run within a web browser, so you won’t have to install the player on all Windows 10 devices. Just a Chrome (or any other) browser is enough. The Player looks excellent and media sorting is great.
And did I mention that Plex server is free?

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Windows Media Player

Although Microsoft is no longer interested in adding new features to WMP, it still is included in all Windows 10 PCs. It is probably the best video player for Windows 10 because even when of being so feature packed, it doesn’t slow down at any point, it has one of the best library management capabilities available, and it can easily be used to sync music and video from tons of devices.

Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player

Auto playlists and automated rating are probably the best features in WMP.

TL; DR

In conclusion, the following are the best Video Players for Windows 10:

  • VLC Media Player
  • The KM Player
  • Media Player Classic
  • Plex
  • Windows Media Player

Which one do you prefer

among all the other options available, what do you think is the best Video Player for Windows 10 ? share with others in the comments below.

5 Best Microsoft OneNote Alternatives For You

Granted that it has some good perks, still, Microsoft’s OneNote is bloated and slow, replace it with these best Microsoft OneNote alternatives.

There is no doubt that Onenote is by far one of the most powerful note taking applications available today, but what if you are looking for something that does the same without having the  problems of Microsoft Onenote?  Don’t worry,  in this post we will cover the best Onenote alternatives for Windows.

Why you may be looking  for Onenote alternatives?

Microsoft Onenote is a good note taking  gem for many people. It has a great feature set and it is completely free to use,  Still it has its own set of problems.

While the desktop versions is feature packed, it is resource hungry as hell. If you have not yet upgraded to a SSD, The app takes some time to load.  For some users,  the UI if Onenote is too complex and confusing to use at first.

While Onenote has acceptable performance at syncing, the mobile apps are too big for entry level iPhones and Android devices. Also if you are a fan of markdown,  you are out of luck. If any of the above is a concern for you, you should also consider switching for a better Microsoft Onenote alternatives.

Simplenote

Simplenote is a better Microsoft Onenote alternative if you are looking for a minimal note talking app that supports Markdown. Simplenote was recently bought by auttomatic, the company behind WordPress.  The app is available for free and it is completely cross platform.  You  can use it even on Linux and the Web versions is also good enough to use.

Simplenote
Simplenote has a really simple UI

The biggest draw back is probably lack of image support. Simplenote is tiny in resource usage compared to Onenote,  sizing around 6 MB for the Android version.

Good for: Programmes,  people who are looking for simplicity and want it for free.

Google Keep

Google Keep is a simple Google service to store notes and to do lists. The app is available for Android and iOS,  but there is no desktop applications available right now.  Keep may be a better Microsoft Onenote alternative for you if you are a regular Google app user and you want note talking to be as simple as possible.  Also Keep has tight integration to Google’s other services such as reminders and mail.

Keep has full supports for stoing images which may make it a bit better than SimpleNote.

Good For: People who want simplicity but still some more features than Simplenote.

EverNote

You saw that coming didn’t you? EverNote has been a long time rival to Microsoft Onenote. And there is a good reason for this too. EverNote has a fantastic web clipper and the app is a bit easier to use and undersatnd.  The openiion may be defferiend for everyone, but, I find the android app better than Microsoft’s offering.

Evernote has both Paid and Free version,if you are using the free tier, you are limited to less data upload per month and online only access, but once you have paid for it, you get some of the best Note taking experiences currently available.

evernote pricing
EverNote is more expensive than OneNote

So who should Evernote is for? Keeping its price in mind, if you don’t like Microsoft’s product line, EverNote may be the best Microsoft Evernote alternative for you.

Apple Notes

Not everyone is runninng an installaton of OS X so it can be easily undrstoond that Apple Notes is often ignored. Still, it is a really good and simple note taking sollution if you are using any Apple device.

Apple Note is available by default on almost all apple devices, in case you don’t have access to your iPhones or MacBook, you can still access your notes on the web-version. You get free access to Apple Note if you own any Apple Devices. Keep in mind that you may have to pay for any additional iCloud storage if you run out of space.

Who Should consider Apple Notes as a Microsoft Onenote Alternative ? You should only think of switching to Apple Notes if you own any Apple Device.

OneNote UWP App

Surprised to see OneNote as a OneNote alternative? Well, Microsoft makes two different versions of OneNote for Windows. The first one (about which, we talked in first part of today’s post) initially came with Microsoft Office and it is named OneNote 2016. It is free and for most people the biggest downside may be its resource hungry nature, In case you are among those people, you can try the Modern App names OneNote which is available in Windows Store and is installed on all Windows 10 devices by default.

Microsoft Onenote alternative

The Modern Version is lightweight and quick to start , but you will loose some more advanced features such as docking and screenshots capability.

Conclusion

So, in conclusion, following are the best alternatives for Microsoft OneNote:

  • Evernote
  • Simplenote
  • Google Keep
  • Apple Notes
  • OneNote modern (UWP) App

Which one is good for you?

In all the above apps, which one is your favorite ?  Do you know about any other app that can be used as a good Microsoft OneNote alternative? share with others in the comments below.

5 Best Free Pushbullet Alternatives

Pushbullet is now paid and the free version is useless, In this post, we have some of the best apps that you can use as Pushbullet alternative.

Pushbullet is one of the best apps to make your phone work better with PC. It has the ability to send files from your computer to your android phone, using SMS from the PC and you can use it to view all your Phone notifications right on your computer screen.

If you have been following the news, you may know that Pushbullet is no longer completely free, instead, it now has two tires the first one being free and the latter costing 5 bucks per month.

Usually, when an App maker introduces a paid version of the app, instead of removing features from the free version, he introduces new features into the new app to convince people to upgrade. Pushbullet rather took a different approach and made the free version almost useless.

The following features are no longer available for Free version:

  • Desktop notifications
  • Unlimited SMS
  • Sending large files
  • Universal copy and Paste

Pushbullet may have his own reasons to do it, there are already some great and free Pushbullet alternatives available.

Pushbullet Alternatives:

AirDriod: by far the best Pushbullet alternative

AirDriod has always been one of the best apps made for file sharing between PCs and phones, recent updates have added some of the best Pushbullet features into it.

Sure, there is a paid version of AirDriod available, but as a free Pushbullet alternative, the free version is enough for everyone.I have been using it for 6 months and it seems to be the perfect solution to get phone notifications on the computer.

free pushbullet alternative airdroid
AirDroid for Windows PC

AirDriod is available for OS X, Windows, as a Chrome extension and on Android.

Pushline

Pushline does not have all the bells and whistles of AirDriod, but it is a good Pushbullet alternative if you are looking for an App to get notifications mirrored into your desktop.

free pushbullet alternative pushline

To use Pushline, you will need to install it on your phone and also install an extension on Google Chrome, note that there is no desktop client and also you can’t use it on any other web browser.

Feature wise, Pushline has you covered as long as you can live without file sending to your phone. Unlike Airdriod, there is no paid version and surprisingly, there are no advertising either, making it completely free to use.

ShareIt

Owned by hardware maker Lenovo, ShareIt is a Pushbullet alternative for users who are looking for file sharing instead of notification mirroring.

ShareIt uses Wi-Fi to connect to the phone and after installing it on both your phone and your PC, you can send and receive files. Unlike AirDriod or Pushbullet, ShareIt makes it easy to share files with friends too. In my tests, I have found that in most cases file sharing speed is better than using Bluetooth, but your friends should also have ShareIt installed in order to send and receive files.  There is a remote view also that lets you browse files stored on PC from Phone.

ShareIt is free to use and it is available for Android, Windows, and iOS

Yappy

Unlike the above-mentioned apps, Yappy does not try to become a Pushbullet rip-off, instead, it may be an excellent Pushbullet alternative if you are looking for an App to send SMS from your computer.

free pushbullet alternative yappy
Yappy for Android

Yappy also has good enough capability of mirroring notifications similar to Pushline, but it excels at its messaging features. The UI is easy to use and you can send free messages to other Yappy users.

Yappy also has a paid option that adds some extra features for $2 per month. However, these features are not that necessary so you should be just fine without paying for Pro version.

Yappy is available for Windows, Chrome, Android and even for Mozilla Firefox.

Alt-C

free pushbullet alternative alt-c

One of Pushbullet’s best feature is that you can copy some text on your PC and paste to your phone, it is now in the paid tier, but you can get it for free if you use the free Alt-C app for Android.

As the name suggests, after you have done the setup on both devices, you can press Alt and C on your PC and then paste the text right into your phone, Alt-C is a good Pushbullet alternative if you are only looking for this specific feature and you don’t want to pay for it.

Alt-C is available for Android, Windows and OS X. A version for iOS is coming soon.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Following are the best alternatives to Pushbullet:

  • AirDroid
  • Pushline
  • ShareIt
  • Yappy
  • ALT-C

Which one do you prefer?

Among the above apps, which one do you use as Pushbullet alternative and why? Do you know about any other free app that has the same feature set? Share with others in the comments below.