In Pictures: Your new PC needs these 22 free programs

More than a mere blank slate, a new PC is a fresh opportunity—a collection of components that, with the right software installed, could accomplish anything from balancing your household budget to helping to cure cancer. Yes, stocking your PC is an intensely personal task. Even still, some programs are so helpful, so handy, so useful across the board that we heartily recommend them to everybody. These are the programs you want to install on a new PC first.

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Trillian Skype might be baked into Windows 8.1, but let’s be honest: Instant messaging is a fragmented mess. Some of your pals may use Skype, but vast hordes rely on Facebook Messenger; still others may use ICQ; and tons of folks still use AIM, Yahoo Messenger, or other alternatives. What’s a well-connected PC geek to do?

Simple: Install Trillian, a chat client that supports all those services and more. You’ll never miss a conversation again, no matter which IM clients your buddies prefer. (Bonus: Trillian offers iOS and Android apps, too.)

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