Top downloads and more

This week, we take a look back at the top 10 Windows downloads of 2010, reevaluate some great video conversion software, and get a closer look at Opera 11. served up more than a billion software downloads in 2010--a huge feat, to be sure. And it may be tough to believe, but just 10 products made a huge contribution to that number. To recognize the programs that have dominated the Most Popular list for this year, we ranked the top 10 in 2010 among Windows downloads for your viewing pleasure.

Also, it may not have made our top 10 list, but Freemake Video Convertert certainly has its fair share of loyal fans. Since the software recently revved to version 2.0, we checked it out yet again for the update. It remains an excellent program for transcoding almost every video type, promising to be to Windows users what Handbrake is to Mac users.

In browser news, Opera enjoyed an update as well, bringing it up to version 11. The most requested of the new features is the lightweight extension API framework, which brings to Opera a long-missing capability to directly add to and customize the browser. Having launched while the browser was in beta, there are already several popular extensions available.