Whether your must-have data lives in the cloud, on your laptop, or just on a different operating system, you shouldn’t have to use sub-par tools to get at it. These downloads work where you do, and they also just work.
Photo by Mykl Roventine.
All of these applications can work on all three major operating systems—Windows, Mac OS X and Linux—and most can be loaded onto a thumb drive and run on any Windows system. Some can also be accessed from the web, and a few have dedicated mobile apps for most phone platforms. We’ve distinguished which apps work where at the front of each post. If we’ve missed any platforms, please tell us so (politely!) in the comments.
What apps are always with you, or always downloaded, when you’re switching between systems, travelling, or otherwise away from your preferred setup? Do tell us in the comments.