MPLAB IDE is described as 'The current version of MPLAB IDE is version 8. It is a 32-bit application on Microsoft Windows and includes several free software components for application development, hardware emulation and debugging' and is an app in the Development category. There are five alternatives to MPLAB IDE for Windows, Linux and Mac. The best alternative is Embitz, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MPLAB IDE are MPLAB X IDE (Paid), CCS PCW Compiler (Paid), mikroC (Paid) and PicBasicPro Compiler (Paid).
Embitz is a free C/C++ IDE built to meet the most demanding needs of its users working in the field of embedded software development Finally, an IDE with all the features you need and operation across different targets (ARM, MSP430, PIC, ...).
Intelligent and highly optimized CCS C compilers contain Standard C operators and Built-in Function libraries that are specific to PIC registers, providing developers with a powerful tool for accessing device hardware features from the C language level.
PBP is the industry standard BASIC programming language for Microchip's PIC microcontrollers. No other BASIC compiler for PIC MCUs boasts the 15-year success in both commercial and non-commercial environments.