CNET Download.com served up more than a billion software downloads in 2010, and the 10 products listed below made a huge contribution to that delivery load. To recognize those software programs that have dominated the Most Popular list for this year, we’ve compiled the total download counts for the products in the Download.com catalog in the year 2010, and we’ve ranked the top-10 biggest, for both Windows and Mac.
One notable program not on the list deserves mention. The popular file-sharing program LimeWire has been a staple of the Most Popular list for several years, but the controversial software met its end in 2010. Amid legal pressures and a court injunction, the LimeWire service shut down October 26, apparently for good. Although LimeWire saw enough downloads to be considered a Top 10 Download of 2010, we have removed it from the list based on its end-of-life status.
Software publishers who receive the Top 10 Download of 2010 distinction will have the privilege of displaying their accomplishments to the world with a special badge designed to commemorate the achievement. Look for this badge around the Web.
From free security tools to innovative screen-sharing apps and Web video software, this year-end list of the most popular Windows software on our site packs a mighty collective punch. Learn more about the top-10 biggest downloads of the year and download them yourself, and find out at the bottom which honorable mentions barely missed the cut.