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You’re probably familiar with the infamous Windows notification balloon. While the majority of these notifications are often important, the Windows notification system is constantly ridiculed for lack of configuration. A solid notification system should consist of a configurable interface and support for a variety of applications. If you feel as though the default notification system does not suit your needs, you may want to have a look at Growl for Windows.

Based off of the popular Mac application, Growl for Windows is an excellent solution for those who multitask and wish to make their lives a little easier. Growl allows you to receive information on what is taking place in other applications via a simple notification in the corner of your screen. This eliminates the need for constantly switching windows which can negatively impact productivity. Growl has the ability to provide you with information such as the name of a song that is playing in iTunes, when a download is finished in Firefox, or when you receive a new IM in Pidgin.

Is Growl right for you? Continue reading to find out!

Back in December there was a brief flurry of excitement when a pre-release version of Facebook Messenger for Windows was leaked. Sadly the appearance of the software was short-lived and it wasn’t long before it disappeared again.

Three short months later, the app has been officially unveiled, and for anyone who just can’t get enough of the world’s most popular social network, it’s a seriously useful addition to the desktop.