Installing a new OS also means that I need to reinstall the other software I use on a near daily basis. Here are the apps that I put on any computer I use (I have not noticed any issues with running these on Windows 7 yet):
- Mozilla Firefox - for all my surfing needs
- Google Chrome - for all my wife's surfing needs
- Media Monkey - Best program I've found to organize and play my MP3's
- Paint.Net - Image editor
- OpenOffice - Similar to Microsoft Office, and can create/edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files
- VLC - plays just about any piece of video or audio file you throw at it
- PDF Exchange - open's pdf files faster than Adobe Reader and also allows for slight editing of the files
- Pidgin - Chat client compatible with many protocols. If I only chatted with friends using google chat I'd use google talk instead, but at work we chat via Windows Live Messenger, and I despise the Live Messenger UI.
Note that all of these programs are free and I highly recommend you give them a try. One complaint that I do have is that when using tabs in IE8 the taskbar preview shows all tabs, however the preview for Firefox only shows the active window. However I assume that this a change the Firefox needs to make to support this capability. Either Picasa or Windows Live Photo will be added soon to manage photographs.