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Best Free Online Home and Office

Best Free Online Answer Engine

Wolfram Alpha answers your queries submitted in a text box by doing computations from its own knowledge base. See what you get from, for example, New York and London, Microsoft and Apple.

Best Free Online Calculator

Instacalc gives you instant answers as you type and allows you to embed a live calc in your website. It also has other modules to calculate home loan, hourly pay, unit conversions and more.

Best Free Online Calendar

Google Calendar lets you quickly schedule events and keep track of appointments. You can share your schedule with your co-workers, family and friends, sync to your mobile phone’s built-in calendar, get notified by email or have a text message sent right to your mobile phone.

Best Free Online Cooking Tools

Epicurious , search top-rated or other delicious recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Self, renowned chefs and cookbooks, print a combined shopping list for selected recipes, or share your recipes with friends and family. A resourceful tool for all kitchen lovers.

Best Free Online Database

Soda db , use a template to add and edit up to 10,000 records in a database for free, with a grid-like interface and inline editing. You can import and export, upload files to attach to your records, share your database with a secret URL, or grant access to your database by adding sub-users.

Best Free Online Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Translator

Wikipedia allows users to type a word or phrase to search for useful information from millions of articles written collaboratively online by volunteers around the world. It’s a good and handy encyclopedic reference and a frequently updated news resource for you.

LDOCE , an online version of the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, provides a quick search for a word or phrase, with widgets available for adding to your browser search bar, blog or personal website.

Wordnik , “you don’t get just a definition when you look up a word. You get example sentences, related words, charts, images from Flickr, pronunciations, etymologies, tags, Twitter segments and more.” (Review)

Thesaurus.com , a popular site to search for word definitions, synonyms and antonyms with filtering by parts of speech or word classes and suggestions for nearby words.

Google Translate , enter text, a webpage address, or upload a document for translation from one language into another with auto detection of the source language. The translated result from an uploaded document is presented without preserving the layout or embeded images though.

Bing Translator , translate texts or entire web pages from one language into another, with auto detecting the source language and other features such as synchronized highlights and bilingual viewing layouts for a webpage translation.

Best Free Online DIY Project

Instructables , a huge site with a rich collection of more than 100,000 do-it-yourself projects shared by DIY enthusiasts providing step-by-step guides on how to build, cook, invent or do almost anything with some great ideals or creativity.

Best Free Online Document Viewer and Sharing

Scribd , a great tool to upload and view documents of various formats in full screen, mark them private and accessible by a specific URL, share them with millions of readers, or embed the viewer into a website or blog. See also Wattpad.

SlideShare , search and download Powerpoint presentations from the web, or upload and share your slides, word or pdf documents publicly or privately. You can also view slides in full screen, or read transcripts and outlines.

ShareText.org , share your text with anyone in three simple steps: 1. type or paste your text, 2. click the Post Text! button, 3. copy and share the URL link to your text. Simple and clean user interface, easy to use, no signing in or out of accounts is ever needed.

Best Free Online E-commerce Business

PayPal offers a secure and convenient way to pay when you shop online, send money to friends and family, or receive online payments from your clients. It’s free to open an account but fees are chargeable on certain conditions for sending or receiving money.

Best Free Online Genealogy / Family Tree Applications

WeRelate , a highly recommended site for anyone whose focus is web publishing or collaborative research, with people, places, sources, families, etc., created as wiki articles. Note formatting, strong image and document support. You can also upload and download GEDCOM files. (Review)

Best Free Online Grammar and Spell-Checker

SpellCheckPlus , paste text up to 2,000 charaters into the box, click Check Text for any grammar and spelling errors which are then highlighted with explanations for you. When tested and compared with others, this tool was quite impressive and the clear winner for detecting grammatical problems. (Review)

PaperRater checks your document for grammar and spelling errors. On top of that, it helps you to improve the document’s readability, word choice and style by an in-depth analysis. (Review)

After the Deadline , check your writing in a text box and get feedback on spelling errors, grammar and style suggestions. You can also drag the bookmarklet Add Proofreader to your browser’s bookmark bar so that you can use it on any webpage with a text box. (Review)

Best Free Online Meeting Scheduler

Doodle , a brilliant way to organize a meeting that suits everyone to get together to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or new job with a group of close friends and family, or to get together with a few colleagues. (Review)

Needtomeet , use a simple calendar and schedule a meeting time that works for everyone in three simple steps, no more emailing back and forth or wasting time to call everyone couple of times in a day.

Best Free Online Mind Mapping

Mind42 (Mind For Two), a neat and useful collaborative mind mapping tool for brainstorming and managing ideas in a tree-like diagram with node attributes, easy for publishing and distribution.

Best Free Online Multiple Timezone World Clock

Time.is , find out the exact time at any locations around the world, check the accuracy of your clock, and compare time at different locations. Find also calendar, sunrise and sunset times, time zone offset, daylight saving time, latitude, longitude and other info of your chosen location. Mobile browser friendly.

TimeAndDate.com “is the most versatile I have found from the many sites available. It allows you to see the time and date of virtually any city in every country and set for a custom clock with all the time zones you care about.” (Review)

Time Zone Genius displays up-to-date time zone information for cities in the world. You can check current times for cities you choose, or find out offset from GMT, daylight savings time adjustments, sunrise and sunset times of a city.

Best Free Online Notepad / Notebook / Notes Organizer

Zoho Notebook does an amazing amount of things—you can save text, image, audio and video objects, aggregate them in one place, keep track of changes and share a whole book, page or just an object on a page by granting read/write permissions.

Evernote “is an outstanding product that provides you with an excellent solution to manage notes and snippets of information. You can create notes or cut-and-paste them with text and images.” Desktop software is for syncing notes across computers if needed. (Review)