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11 top apps for Windows 8.x
This collection of 11 Windows 8 apps covers the spectrum, from leisure to productivity apps. There are apps to keep you informed and others to keep you up-to-date with your friends on social networks.
All of these apps have been tested on touch tablets to ensure each can be used handily by touch as well as on laptops and desktops.
There is a bonus slide that shows the author's favorite way to use snap view as that has been greatly improved in Windows 8.1.
These are not the only good apps on Windows 8 but are the top apps the author uses heavily. If your favorite app(s) is (are not) listed please share them in the comments below.
Note that all apps can be found in the Windows 8 app store, simply search for the app name in the Store app.
Move over Android, Windows 8 now has widgets, sort of, thanks to the HD Widgets app. This app has a full screen with a selectable wallpaper and an assortment of common widgets to put on it.
The widgets include a clock app that looks a lot like that on Android widgets, a weather app, news reader, and a calculator, among others.
The developer has committed to keep adding more widgets and wallpaper for those who purchase the Pro edition.
Note that this app doesn't handle screen rotation well. It works better to set it up in the orientation you use mose frequently and not use it in the others.
Free ($2.49 to go Pro) in the Microsoft Store
This app defies description as it is a utility that allows building a screen with panels that can include a number of usefult functions. There is a good scientific calculator, a calendar that allows date calculations, and a programmer's calculator to name a few.
The panels can be arranged in any order and a panel's function can be changed with a simple tap on the screen.
Free in the Microsoft Store