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The ESPN app is an example of how to build a good Windows 8 app. It is chock-full of sports video and the top sports news of the day.
The information the app presents can be personlized to include your favorite teams and sports. Real-time scores are pushed to the live tile to keep users informed of current games/matches.
Free in the Microsoft Store.
This app is a great way to read books purchased from Amazon. It's not as fast as the Kindle apps on other platforms but it is full-featured and provides a reasonable reading experience on Windows 8 tablets.
The Kindle app is particularly useful to read large PDFs for work by simply emailing them to the Windows device using the email address that Amazon provides for that purpose. Visit the Amazon 'Manage Your Kindle' section on its web site if you do not know your email address.
Free in the Microsoft Store
This app was only recently released around the time Windows 8.1 was made available. Its interface is immediately familiar to Facebook users and is a great way to work with the social network.
Viewing shared photos on a Windows tablet is particularly enjoyable.
The app runs fast and fluidly on touch screens. Toast (pop-up) notifications and live tile updates are both supported to help keep users informed of friends' updates.
Free on the Microsoft Store