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What software do I need?

Find out everything you need to know about which software you’ll need for your new computer with our helpful guide.

Computer software enables you to browse the internet, create reports and documents or video call family and friends online. Programs like Microsoft Office and anti-virus packages such as McAfee and Norton help you get the best out of your new device. It’s important to remember they don’t come already installed on your computer, so you’ll need to buy and download them separately.


Anti-virus software is definitely something to consider when buying a new computer, whether it’s a PC or a Mac. If you love shopping online or downloading and streaming things like movies and music, you’ll need software that will keep your details secure and protect your new computer from viruses. You do often get anti-virus software included on your computer, but paid services offer more and a higher standard of protection.

Programs such as Norton and McAfee will often offer you a yearly subscription that you can easily download, giving you peace of mind and family friendly features.

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Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office gives you the best programs for you to complete any kind of work (such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more). Office 365 allows you to download and use well known these programs on up to 5 devices including your phone and tablet. Doing this means you can be really productive and finish off your work wherever you are.

Office 365 also provides you with 1TB of free online storage (which is enough for 2 years of music or 300,000 photos!). And, since it’s online, you can access all of your work on any device.

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Free Software

Here's a selection of the most popular free software that is around to help 
make your new device truly yours.

Google Docs

Google's answer to Microsoft Office offers users a free and easy-to-use alternative.

As everything is done in your browser and saved in the cloud, you can access your work anywhere, on any device. You can create documents, spreadsheets, presentations and forms all in Google’s trademark, sleek design that users love.


Skype is a really convenient messaging service to catch up with friends, or attend that really important meeting.

The free download is useful for communicating with people from all areas of your life through video or text and you can use it wherever you are so you never miss out.

A New Browser

When you’re using an internet browser, it’s all about what works best for you. While your new computer will come with a new browser pre-installed, it might not be the right choice. You’ll always have a preference on how a browser looks and how it stores your information, so it might be nice to see what works for you. Popular choices for alternatives include Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera.


If you want to save some time when downloading your software, you might want to give ninite.com a visit.

This is a really easy-to-use tool that lets you create a list of the software you want to download, and it does all the work for you. As a bonus, it will also keep the software up-to-date, as new versions become available.

A Music Player

Music services like iTunes and Spotify allow you to listen to all the music you want, from any genre of music. With such a massive library available to you, it’s the perfect way to relax or unwind, or get you in the mood for a night out.

All you have to do is search for your favourite artist, and off you go.


For the gamers out there, you're going to want to test out your new laptop or desktop with some of the latest games. Steam is the perfect marketplace to buy the newest and best games, with sales happening throughout the year.

Steam works just like any online shop, and once you’ve bought something it starts downloading straight away.

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