The internet is providing a lot of ways to pass the time. Some of them were here along time before we even thought about the net. Free backgammon was obvious then like every other game but today with the many choices it is becoming hard to tell which of the free backgammonsoftwares - that became so common at the net lately - is really good. There are a few things we should consider but it seems that the first thing on the backgammon program is the looks. If you want to get the feeling of a real game, the backgammon software interface should be 3d (three dimensions) and should use the best technology.
As can be seen on the picture above the three dimensional board gives the backgammon software a very realistic feeling, but that is not enough. The game itself must have a very friendly interface and an easy way of playing. Some of the free backgammon programs are very friendly but they lack the realistic part (as in the picture bellow). A chat system will help you get the feeling of the real thing and of course, a program that can be downloaded in to your own computer is better: it work faster and you don't have to surf through any site when you want to play .
When you play free backgammon on the internet you will try to find a big site with variant players, so that you can choose someone on your skill level. You will need a good ranking ability of the backgammon software that will help you to choose your opponent - you don't want to find yourself playing against someone much better than you...
No one wants to pay for a game, surely not when playing on a free backgammon software... but some of us don't enjoy winning unless there is some prize. Good backgammon software should give you the option of playing on money if you want - like in the real life- it makes the game much more interesting and if you are good...
When you want to find a site that will let you play on money you have to be sure that your money is protected and that you are playing on a reliable site that uses the best technology that will secure your winnings (for ex. The gammon empire software uses the SSL security protocol)
A friendly software, a good ranking system, many players, option to play on money, fast program and a very realistic interface are the things that make the difference