Ninite: nice, simple, installer: just select apps and let the installer do it all for you.
AllMyApps: all the apps, no crapware (at least for now).
chocolatey: a command-line package manager for Windows
Ninite is clean and great for managing deployment on multiple machines, although it offers a limited number of curated apps (but they tend to be very common).
AllMyApps has tons of apps and the most user-friendly. I could give that to my mum. Only had some minor issues sometimes when it fails to recognise versions to update. It will even recognise and update apps that were not installed through its manager.
Chocolatey has lots of packages and you can create your setup to make it easy to deploy across machines. It's getting more secure and the authors are putting a review process in place to guarantee quality.
I've used all three and they all offer something useful. All allow you to manage your own deployment across machines.
As a bonus, all the apps run from a single directory each, making it easy as pie to uninstall and remove all the apps settings at the same time (as opposed to bits left behind in AppData, Local AppData, the Registry, your Profile directory, etc). And they're portable, so you can run them from a cloud drive (DropBox, Google Drive, etc) that's backed up and synced between machines or from a USB drive.
It's really way too visually cluttered. Somehow my brain has been trained to think "be careful" when I see clutter like this on a web page.
I still can't shake the feeling that it's only a matter of time before Moloch gets to them and they'll start serving crapware like any others. I'd love to be wrong on that.
Our pro-version SAAS business model works great.
Plus we started Ninite because junkware enraged us so much. It's just punching down at non-technical users. I'd kill the company before doing that.
Anyway, we'll be around and junkware free until the world moves to platforms where everything's signed and sandboxed.
I really hope their business model (selling an update tool to private users and a side-wide deploy tool to businesses) works out until there is a usable windows store / package manager around.
Each time I have to help someone setup a new windows laptop I get reminded why I'm using Linux as my main OS ;)
Chocolatey used to mostly be OSS stuff, but it looks like they've expanded with some nerd-favorite proprietary stuff now too. The list is also moderated, so that's a good sign.