10 Must-have Windows 8 Apps for your PC or Tablet
If you have a Windows 8 computer, there’s much more to the operating system than just its refreshed user interface and new features. Windows 8 supports apps in the Windows Store, which enhance your PC with lots of tools for customization, productivity, multimedia, etc.
Several games are also there for your entertainment. Choosing the best apps can be a difficult task as there are loads of them in the Windows Store. So, here’s our guide to the 10 must-have Windows 8 apps for your computer.
1. Skype App
An app for the popular Internet calling software and service Skype can be downloaded for free from the Windows Store. The interface of Skype for Windows 8 has been customized for the new design of the operating system. You can configure Skype to run in the background as you work on other programs so that you won’t miss any calls. There’s also an option to pin contacts to the Start screen. Just tap their pic and start a call.
2. Netflix App
Want to watch on-demand movies and television programs on your PC? The Netflix app for Windows 8 is just right for you. Browse through the Netflix catalog and take your pick from thousands of films and TV shows. The video playback quality is great and you would surely enjoy watching the latest blockbusters. The app is free to download from the Windows Store but subscription charges are applicable for on-demand movies/TV programs.
3. Angry Birds Star Wars App
Download the Angry Birds Star Wars game on your Windows 8 device and have some fun. The bird slinging gameplay of Angry Birds Star Wars is set in the outer space. There are more than 130 levels to play. The game is quite addictive and it will keep you hooked for hours on end. Get Angry Birds Star Wars from Windows Store for $4.99.
4. MetroTwit App
For those of you who are a regular on Twitter, there's no official app available for the micro-blogging platform on Windows Store yet. But there is an excellent alternative in the form of MetroTwit. The app gives you all the functionality of Twitter in a Windows 8-style user interface. The columns displayed by the app give you a quick view of the timeline, mentions, messages, etc. So go ahead, get MetroTwit for your Windows 8 PC or tablet.
5. Kindle App
The free Kindle app for Windows 8 gives you access to over a million books in the Kindle Store. Just create an Amazon account and browse the latest releases, best-selling titles, and lots more on the app. You can pin the e-book that you are reading on the Start screen for easy access. So, if you are an avid reader, download this app and read books by your favorite authors.
6. Slacker Radio App
Catch the latest songs on the Slacker Radio app for Windows 8. The app gives you a high quality experience with more than 200 expert-programmed music stations to choose from. You can create customized radio stations by selecting the artists or tracks that you like the most. Just pin your favorite music station to the Windows 8 Start screen and listen songs with a few clicks of the mouse. The app is free to download from Windows Store.
7. Evernote App
This note-taking app is available for different platforms such as Windows 8, Android, and iOS. With Evernote, you can easily create to-do lists, save important points to remember, capture pictures, etc. It keeps you organized and enhances your efficiency. You can access your notes on any device that has Evernote installed. Download and use this free app on your Windows 8-based desktop, laptop, or tablet.
8. Wikipedia App
Access the most comprehensive repository of reference articles with this official Wikipedia app for Windows 8. The app lets you take advantage of Windows 8 search integration so that you can check out Wikipedia articles without opening a web browser. You get options to change an article’s language, pin articles for reference, etc. Wikipedia app is available for free in the Windows Store.
9. CookBook App
CookBook app for Windows 8 gives you access to more than 300,000 recipes that are categorized as appetizers, bread, breakfast, main dish, desserts, etc. The recipes have been taken from different source such as BigOven, Marmiton, and AuFeminin. You can search for recipes for specific dishes and save them for later use. CookBook, which has been published by Slow Sense, is a free app in the Windows Store.
10. Clock App
Want to check the time on your Windows 8 computer without displaying the Charms bar? What you need is the Clock app from Jujuba Software, which is free to download from the Windows Store. There are different settings that allow you to use the app as a live tile showing the current time, a stopwatch, a calendar clock with a background that changes every month, an alarm clock, and a timer. So use it according to your requirements and stay in touch with the time.