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9 Windows 10 Apps For A Productivity Edge

Microsoft has made productivity a core focus in Windows 10 and Office, but the Windows Store has more tools you can use to get things done.
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Since it was founded in 1975, Microsoft has traditionally focused on helping people get things done. It officially adopted "reinventing personal productivity" as one of its core ambitions in 2015.

Over the last year, we have seen the evolution of Microsoft's Office suite. Well known apps like Word and Excel have been upgraded with new collaboration technologies and productivity features, and the Office 365 suite has more users than ever.

It made sense for the Windows team to make productivity a priority in designing Windows 10. Several features, from built-in OneDrive to the ability to mark up pages in Microsoft Edge, were created to give users more options to write, save, and share content.

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Despite the range of productivity tools in the newest versions of Windows and Office, most people have additional apps to help them cross off more items on their professional and personal to-do lists.

Most have found their go-to apps on alternate platforms. Redmond has long struggled with its app store, and its offerings are sparse compared to their iOS and Android counterparts, which has proven an additional challenge.

Since Windows 10 launched, Microsoft has been trying to increase the number and range of apps in the Windows Store. Here, we dive into some of the productivity tools you can try on your Windows 10 PC. All of these are free; some come with paid in-app features.

Do you use any of these apps? Have any recommendations? Feel free to share them in the comments.

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Kelly is an associate editor for InformationWeek. She most recently reported on financial tech for Insurance & Technology, before which she was a staff writer for InformationWeek and InformationWeek Education. When she's not catching up on the latest in tech, Kelly enjoys ... View Full Bio

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User Rank: Ninja
2/24/2016 | 12:55:55 PM
Re: Keepers
Thanks for the great list. I'm going to try Network Speet Test and Action Note on my new Surface Pro 4. Always looking for the best tools to help my productivity.
User Rank: Ninja
2/22/2016 | 11:50:11 PM
Network Speed Test, Keeper and Action Note look pretty nice. I wish Action Note would also have voice recognition, so we can dictate to it, but I'm gonna give'em all a try anyway. Thanks for the list
User Rank: Ninja
2/22/2016 | 1:33:53 PM
just upgraded
Just upgraded to Windows 10 due to a moterboard meltdown on my old laptop, so I'm still working thorugh the main features of win 10. I had been ignoring the photoshop express package it shipped with but will have to give it a look now. I like the idea of todoist, but scrawls on post-its are my current organization system, which can get interesting when one of them disappears. Gret article, I'll have to look into a few of these apps. For those win 10 users out there, are there any productivity apps you particularly like that weren't on this list?
User Rank: Ninja
2/22/2016 | 12:37:47 PM
How to integrate with Office Environment
Great list Kelly,

Currently I haven't been able to utilize Windows 10 from a productivity aspect more mainly because my office environments (both at client site and parent company) are on Windows 7, where MS Office suite is the main tool utilized.

I really do like Windows 10 notification the fact that it's a one stop shop on what's going on.

Windows 10 adoption rate is definitly a lot better than windows 8, so hopefully it should roll out in the very near future.

Has the community had success with the listed apps in your current office environment? Please share :)
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