3 of 13Image
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
Windows 8 tablets are great tools for working with PDF documents. PDF Touch takes that a step further with a touch-optimized interface that supports pinch/zoom which comes in handy. It is a PDF viewer and editor that allows marking up documents with a finger tip.
PDF Touch really shines when used on a tablet with pen support. Marking documents is outstanding with a pen and signing documents is natural with pen in hand.
$2.99 on the Microsoft Store