While most of the time you can always find good free alternative softwares to do any task that you want, there are some paid Windows apps out there that are worth your money and you should certainly give them a try. All the apps mentioned here provide great utility for their price and are relevant for all general users.
It is super convenient to have different tabs while you're browsing. You can alternate between the tabs and continue with different websites simultaneously. Groupy is an app that takes the tabbed browsing to the next level; it is capable of bringing tabs to all Windows applications. It is as simple as dragging one app window over another for making a group. This comes super handy when your work requires the use of multiple apps at a time. You can simply group these app windows to create a group dedicated to the task. Groupy also lets you save these tab groups so that they can be opened later when you continue the work.
Backblaze ($6/month, $60/year)
Your data is the most valuable asset in your computer. It makes the most sense to invest in an app that helps you in having a data backup. Years of data, including your work files, photos, videos, and documents, can be lost if you haven't backed up the data yet. Windows does offer a good in-built backup system by default, but the backup created by Windows is local. Local backup means all the data will be backed up to your hard drive. This certainly doesn't insure against data corruption and any physical damage to the hard drive. Therefore, it is essential to include cloud-based backup in your strategy. Backblaze is an excellent choice when it comes to cloud backup facilities. The best part is, there's no data cap to the files that you want to upload and back up. For a flat monthly or annual fee, you can create any backup irrespective of its size.
You're most likely to be already aware of this one. Spotify has now gained its spot as the most used music streaming application in the world. You don't need to purchase individual songs or music albums anymore, Spotify offers an excellent subscription service where you can have all of it for about $10 a month. It also provides great discounts on Student Plans, Family or Duo Plans. The app lets you stream your favorite music in high quality with an option to download these songs for offline listening. The premium subscription will give you a seamless experience with no ads or interruptions.
Just like a quality backup, you should also consider investing in a sound antivirus for protecting your data. The built-in antivirus of Windows called Windows Defender does reasonably well for ordinary usage, however, if you browse the web a lot or download a lot of files, it makes sense to have an additional security layer for protection of your data. Malwarebytes is a great and trusted antivirus software that offers a ton of features in its premium version. Malwarebytes is known to have one of the broadest virus-definitions, which means it is capable of detecting and quarantining a much wider spectrum of malwares than its alternatives. The premium subscription will cost you about $40 per year, which is an excellent value for the services it provides, real-time protection, scan scheduler, protection from ransomware, to name a few.
Despite being the most expensive app on our list, Grammarly is worth the price for someone who needs to write a lot on their computers. Be it writing an email to your clients or writing a research paper or a blog article, Grammarly will make sure to rectify your grammatical errors and help you to sound more professional. While Grammarly also has a free version with limited functionality, the paid version will give you a bunch of handy features like plagiarism detection, suggestive vocabulary, and autocorrecting words while typing. If you opt for the yearly plan, the subscription will cost you just about $11.66/month.
These are some paid Windows apps that you must check out as they provide fantastic returns to your investment. There are a ton of other paid apps worth checking out. You can opt-in for the trial version of these apps first and then decide if you're going to go ahead with the subscription.
Aida Martin is a Mcafee expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2003. As a technical expert, Aida has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as mcafee.com/activate.