notre-dame-cathedralA free Windows program called “360desktop” puts panoramas of Paris on your desktop and gives you 7000 free games. The “360” part of the name refers to the fact that the Paris photos are 360 degrees.

The program puts a small launch pad at the top of your screen. As you move a slider bar, the picture on your desktop or laptop background, acts as so-called “wallpaper” and pans to complete a 360 degree view of the area around the Louvre or Notre Dame Cathedral. You can substitute other 360-degree panoramas supplied by the 360 user community, by clicking on the gallery button.  We added a Moscow Park and WaterWorlds, a panorama of the Iguaçu Falls in South America.

For the games part of 360desktop, we found a cute “Winnie the Pooh” puzzle, kids’ jokes, and lots of action, adventure, and casino games. The free games have ads, but you can skip them. You can also add buttons to get world news, Twitter, and other services. The program is available for downloading at

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