11 websites that “completely replace desktop software” from gaming to photo editing

Web browsers were where people only played flash games, checked emails, hung up in chat rooms, and downloaded stuff. But now it’s a thing of the past.

Thanks to sophisticated and complex advances in web technologies such as HTML5, web browsers have grown to become powerful web apps that perform virtually any personal and business task. Eliminating the need to download desktop software saves hard drive space and eliminates complex installation and setup process issues. With the advent of web apps, a new class of internet-centric devices such as Chromebooks has also been born.

It’s not an exhaustive list, as there are so many web apps that can do multiple things, but we’ve rounded up the best sites for doing things on the web, from video editors to music players and project management tools and even games.

InVideo

ⓒ MARSHALL GUNNELL/IDG

Video editing software can be complicated to choose, but InVideo is different. The intuitive UI design makes it easy for first-time users to get started right away, and the free version has all the features advanced users need to edit videos.

The biggest downside is that the free version will watermark the videos. A $15/month upgrade unlocks thousands of additional templates, upgrades video rendering resolution from 720p to 1080p, and unlocks advanced features such as 10GB of cloud storage.

It can’t completely replace the features of Adobe Premiere Pro, but InVideo is the best (and easiest) video editor.

Photopea

ⓒPHOTOPEA

Frankly, it’s hard for a web app to compete with Photoshop in features. But Photopea is no less than Photoshop. Photopia’s features are great for a web app. It’s so good I can’t help but mention Photoshop. Even the UI is almost identical!

Another advantage is that these premium features are completely free to use. There are only two differences between the free and paid accounts: the paid version has no ads and can be undone in 60 steps instead of 30.

If you want to support the photopia developer, you can either upgrade or whitelist the photopia in the ad blocker. It will definitely be worth it.

Spotify Web Player

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There are a lot of great music streaming services out there, but you’ll have a hard time finding one better than Spotify when used in a browser. Spotify currently has over 70 million tracks to choose from, of which over 2.6 million are available as podcasts. It’s different from Apple Music.

Spotify is also free. However, you have to watch the ad. If the ads get in the way of the excitement, Spotify is ad-free and there is Spotify Premium, which offers unlimited track skips and better sound quality (320kbps).

You can also transfer entire playlists created in iTunes.

Google Workspace

ⓒ GOOGLE

When it comes to productivity and collaboration, Google Workspace is the undisputed champion. Of course, many of the tools that come with a free Gmail account (Google Docs, Calendar, Drive, etc.) are good enough for personal use, but if you want to extend these tools and use a few more (and if you’re willing to pay $6 per month) ) Google Workspace is perfect.

Email, chat, video and voice messages, website building, survey building, cloud storage (starting at 30 GB), documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other work optimization tools, you can get a lot out of Google Workspace.

Asana

ⓒ MARSHALL GUNNELL/IDG

Among the project management tools, Asana and Trello are popular. Trello is useful if you want a simple drag-and-drop signage board, and Asana is recommended because it gives you a lot more flexibility even with the free plan.

In addition to the billboard-style board view, calendar and list views are available for free. You can keep track of your birthday and hospital appointments with the calendar, so you can keep track of your personal tasks and progress.

If you don’t want to pay for it, but you like the way your signage looks, Trello is still a great tool. The rational design allows you to get started with little to no learning curve.

1Password

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Cyber ​​security is an important issue, and users must prepare themselves. If the same easy password is used for all accounts, an attacker can hack multiple accounts even if it is hacked once. That’s why you need a strong and unique password for each account. But how can you remember all those passwords? A password manager like 1Password is useful here.

As the name suggests, you only need to remember one master password for one password. Set it to something that is easy to remember (and safe). With 1Password, you can create and store a secure password in another account. It can even store credit card information and other sensitive addresses, such as addresses.

Mint

ⓒ MINT

Mint was acquired by Intuit in 2009 and is currently the leading personal financial service. With Mint, you can track your income and expenses, create a budget, set alerts when your account is low on balance, and more, all web-enabled. No more spreadsheets.

In addition to tracking bank accounts, it can also sync investment accounts (such as RobinHood or TDAmeritrade) and track Bitcoin assets.

That said, it’s a great way to put decentralized financial eggs into one digital basket.

PC and Xbox Games

Ⓒ MARK HACHMAN / IDG

Yes. Even these days, you can play full-featured PC and Xbox games in your browser, thanks to Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Both GeForce Now and Xbox Cloud Gaming were great. However, it was not suitable for gamers broadcasting on Twitch. Nvidia’s service was more suited to PC gamers with an extensive library of games, as Nvidia’s services were tied to existing accounts like Steam and Epic.

GeForce Now has a free plan, while the $10/month paid plan includes extended play sessions, priority queue access, real-time ray tracing, and more. The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs a little more than $15 per month, but gives you unlimited access to over 100 games on PC and Xbox, and includes an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

Discord

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If you’re playing the game in your browser, you’ll need a way to chat with your friends as well. Skype is still useful (such as international calls), but for communications services that do more than just voice chat, Discord is better. It provides the ability to create subject-specific servers and dedicated channels, text-to-voice accessibility features, and an environment for real-time interaction between server members.

Discord is the perfect place for the community to gather, play multiple online fighting games, chat with friends in the server room, stream Netflix to them, and more.

Slack

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So what about Slack? It depends on the situation.

Slack includes many of the features of Discord (or at least something similar), but Slack is a bit more task-optimized. In the Slack workspace, you can assign system administrators who can set their own rules and regulations, and the Discord server is managed by the community, can create server-specific guidelines, and must follow Discord’s policies.

Put simply, Slack is more useful for controlling corporate workspaces. For organizations, or if you’re working on a small project, but plan to eventually increase your resources and want a ‘own’ workspace, Slack can be your best communication tool.

But whatever (or both) of Slack or Discord is better than Skype.

cloud storage

Ⓒ BRAD CHACOS / IDG

Hard drives aren’t software, but data storage is just as important and doesn’t exist unless you back up your data to at least three places. Therefore, the importance of cloud storage, which is an essential resource for storing data, is highlighted.

The three biggest cloud storage providers, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive, have a history and are all great. All three companies have free plans. Your choice will depend on how much storage space you need.

Dropbox’s free tier offers 2GB, OneDrive offers 5GB, and Google Drive offers 15GB.

Sure, you can use the free tier and sign up for all three, but if you need storage space, it’s a good idea to buy a NAS and drive. In addition to the additional space, you get the privacy benefits of directly storing your data.

Web apps will continue to grow

The web app can do almost anything that already required PC software. It’s hard to find a task that a web app can’t handle, and even if it does, a web app will soon be available. Existing web apps will become more complex or will be replaced by similar web apps. [email protected]

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