Microsoft Store is the place in Windows where you can find apps for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1. Many of these apps are designed to work both on touchscreen devices and traditional PC’s, with a mouse and keyboard. The Microsoft Store evolved a lot, and the number of apps available in is slowly increasing. It does not have as many apps as Google’s Play Store or Apple’s App Store, but it does have plenty of useful apps, well built and of good quality. Many of these apps are free for anyone to download and use. If you have not yet tried the Microsoft Store, check this list with the best free apps for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1:
Facebook’s official universal app looks and works great. It offers all the options you need from the social network, meaning that you can post messages, photos, videos, check into places, view your News Feed and so on. Of course, you can also Like and Share things, like our Digital Citizen Facebook page. 🙂
There are plenty of media players available for Windows and VLC has been available as a desktop app for a long time. It is also one of those few media players that have built a reputation of being able to play any media, be it video or audio, regardless of how unusual the format is. VLC is the universal app version of the traditional VLC desktop app, and it works great. It also has support for subtitles, which is a great feature to have in a touch-based media player.
3. TeamViewer: Remote Control
TeamViewer is one of the best remote desktop services in the world. It lets you connect and control remotely other computers over the Internet, and it offers apps for all the major operating systems. Some may argue that Microsoft’s own remote desktop tools are better. However, if you want a simple to use remote desktop service that works, no matter whether the computer you connect to runs on Windows, Linux or Mac OS, then TeamViewer is one of the best alternatives. The TeamViewer: Remote Control app from the Microsoft Store works great and is optimized for touch screens. You can use it just as comfortable on a Windows tablet or smartphone as you would on a desktop PC.
Download: TeamViewer: Remote Control
4. Spotify Music
Spotify is an online streaming service that delivers music. You can play your favorite songs on almost any device, including on your Windows 10 PC, laptop or tablet. The app lets you play any music you like, it helps you find music for your tastes using charts, categories, and personalized playlists, and it does all that for free.
The downside is that you must listen to advertisements from time to time. If you want to avoid them, download your favorite music and also get better sound quality, you must buy a subscription.
Download: Spotify Music
5. TuneIn Radio
If you like listening to the radio, then you should try TuneIn Radio. The app lets you listen to live radio, as well as podcasts. It offers lists with over 100,000 AM & FM radio stations from all around the world, and it includes radios focused and categorized on anything that you are interested in: music, news, sports, and so on. From all the radio apps that we have tried over the last few years, TuneIn always proved to be the best.
Download: TuneIn Radio
Microsoft’s OneNote is one of the best note-taking tools on the market. Also, it is available on all major computing platforms: Windows, Android, Mac and iOS devices. It is everywhere, it is free, and it offers a whole bunch of features. You can take notes that include text, images, charts, maps, drawings, and the list goes on and on.
Everybody knows Facebook, and many of the people using it are also using its chat service. The company developed a universal app that gives you access to the chat, which is called, plain and simple, Messenger. The app has all the features from the web-based version, including group conversations, GIF animations, and others. If you install it, you also get desktop notifications, which are nice to have if you rely on Facebook to communicate with your friends.
Does Netflix need any introduction? It is the best online streaming service for TV shows and movies. Although you can access it from a web browser anytime you want, its official app from the Microsoft Store is easier to use, and it lets you watch your favorite TV series and movies in 4K Ultra HD, as well as offline. The app works well, and it is regularly updated.
9. WhatsApp Desktop
WhatsApp is one of the most used messaging apps for smartphones, worldwide. If you own an Android or an iOS smartphone, you are likely to use it on your smartphone already. That is all fine and dandy, but if you spend your workday on a computer, you might prefer to access WhatsApp to connect with your friends using your Windows PC. In that case, you either have the alternative to use its browser version, or download and install the universal app WhatsApp Desktop from the Microsoft Store. The app offers all the features you get on the smartphone, and supports desktop notifications which are quite useful. Scan the QR code using your smartphone and you are connected. For as long as we have used this app, we have not stumbled upon any issues regarding the internet connection, nor did it crash on our Windows 10 computers.
Download: WhatsApp Desktop
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