There is a lot of really good free software available on the internet, there is also a lot of software which includes viruses etc in it. Make sure when you download software that you go to the manufacturers site and don’t just do a Google search for it as you may then be downloading from a site where they try to charge you for it, or that includes viruses, and only download software from known suppliers.
Whilst Microsoft Office is very good and well known it is also expensive to buy or to rent. There are some excellent free ones around which whilst not offering the full capabilities of the Microsoft suites will allow you to open and save Microsoft Office Word and Excel files. For most home users and even small business users they are perfectly adequate and best of all they are free.
Our particular favourite is :-
OpenOffice by Apache, which you can download from www.openoffice.org
Another popular one with our customers is LibreOffice.
LibreOffice can be downloaded from www.libreoffice.org
PDF files are very common these days but you still need a pdf reader program to be able to open them up. PDF stands for Portable Document Format. It is a universal format that allows people to produce these documents from any number of different software packages but save them in a format that anyone can read with a pdf reader. The industry standard pdf reader is :-
Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded from https://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVDs, Audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
VLC can be downloaded from www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.en_GB.html
If you are looking for an alternative to Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge then there are plenty around, probably the most popular two are :-
Firefox which can be downloaded from www.mozilla.org
Google Chrome which can be downloaded from https://www.google.com/chrome/