When you have heard about freeware, you may wonder why people have opted for using freeware when they could get the actual versions. I am going to lay out why people opt to either buy the software or why they decide to use the free version of things, just in case you needed a breakdown. Of course some of these are going to be obvious to many of you, but since I have been asked the question enough, I feel like this has to be addressed, regardless of whether it is common sense or not.
Free is Better
Let’s look at the obvious here. To put it frankly, not all of us have cash on hand to pay for the apps and software we many need. Think of it this way. You are looking for a job, but do not have Microsoft Word in order to build a resume. You have to absolutely have a resume in order to get a job.
Now with the creation of Google Docs, you can create your resume using the internet. But perhaps this is not something that is comfortable for you. I mean with Google Docs, your information is stored completely online and is in the hands of Google servers. In this case, it would be better for you to download freeware like LibreOffice, which would allow you to create a .docx that you would need in order to email your resume off to someone. Or if you need a hardcopy, it will let you print it out. So in this situation, as the starving job hunting, you cannot afford the high price tag that comes with using Microsoft Word.
Of course anything that you download will naturally come with risks. Freeware is often host to a number of things that you may not want, but also get for the free price tag, including spyware, malware, and viruses. This is why it is essential that you do your research before you go forward with downloading anything onto your computer. Check out reviews and see if this is a good idea for you based on what other people have said. Also looking at good websites who have actual reviews of things is also a good idea and may guide you to having a better idea of what you are getting yourself into.
So if freeware is so easy, why would you pay for the name brand version of anything to begin with? Well this is simple. The name brand software exists for a reason. Often they were the first with that type of software and really hold the market for it. But the companies have professional programmers who are very good at what they do. The products have been tested to the point of exhaustion in order to ensure that what people are buying is good. Having people pay for something and be dissatisfied is a bigger risk for them because they would lose money. Whereas with freeware, there is no monetary loss if something is broken. This means that with the purchased product you are getting something that is going to be more functional in general because it has been tested far more than the other.
The other hitch to the free software is it is often missing some aspects that make the paid versions so great. Getting the freeware is great, but again it is limiting. If you want to be sure that you getting all of a product, depending on what you are needing it for, you may need to go ahead and pay for the software to get what you need.