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Top Windows 10 Apps To Boost Your Productivity

Whether you're working on a Surface Pro 4, a Surface Book, or an upgraded Windows 10 laptop, here are 10 apps to take your productivity to the next level.
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After Microsoft debuted the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book at its Windows 10 hardware launch last week, you might be toying with the idea of purchasing a new Windows device.

Even if you're not, there's a good chance you have downloaded Windows 10 since its release earlier this summer. As Windows leader Terry Myerson announced on Oct. 6, more than 100 million PCs have been upgraded.

Eight million of those upgrades have been accomplished on business devices, which indicates an uptick in the popularity of Windows 10 within the enterprise. In early September, one month after its public rollout, Windows 10 was running on 1.5 million business PCs.

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Since Microsoft officially announced Windows 10 back in January, it has highlighted several ways in which it accommodates mobile professionals. Cortana integration, universal apps, and improved security measures are a few reasons business users might want to download Windows 10.

Windows 10 is designed to support productivity. New Microsoft apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are optimized for the new OS. In addition to Microsoft-developed applications, there's a broad range of apps on the Windows Store designed to improve productivity inside and outside the office.

Here's a closer look at some handy apps for Windows 10 designed to boost productivity. Have you used any of these? Did we forget any? Feel free to share comments and recommendations below.

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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jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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11/25/2015 | 8:08:43 AM
Re: OneNote is better than Evernote
Can't say for sure about all of them, but I know several note taking apps want an account so they can use the cloud to sync notes between multiple devices. I find that helpful. At least with OneNote, the account is one I already use, my Microsoft account.
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PedroGonzales,
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11/24/2015 | 5:05:43 PM
Re: OneNote is better than Evernote
I have OneNote. I really like it.  All the features are great.  I haven't tried other notetaking apps.  I get annoyed that most of them require you to open an account.  I will be losing track of the many accounts i have for the various apps I have.   
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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10/24/2015 | 12:02:20 PM
Re: OneNote is better than Evernote
I prefer OneNote, but we have a lot of staff who don't want the binder - tab - page structure. For those used to working in a less structured tool , like iOS Notes, Evernote is an improvement but still works in a similar free flowing way. The tools available with the Evernote business version are pretty robust. Our executive team uses it prolifically.
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10/22/2015 | 3:43:03 PM
TeamViewer
Infinite thumbs up for TeamViewer! I have used it many times to support my parents across the country. I can even reboot their system and have it come up again in TViewer. It's much easier than Remote Assistance especially since many of their problems involve email so they could not email me an RA invite.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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10/21/2015 | 3:52:58 PM
Re: The name of the game is "Productivity"
Thanks, I'm also finding Windows 10 useful for keeping my life organized. It's nice having my schedule/news/weather readily available when I boot up!
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Kelly22,
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10/21/2015 | 3:47:41 PM
Re: OneNote is better than Evernote
Great point - OneNote is handy and I find it useful for my everyday work. I aimed to think outside the Office suite for this roundup (why it isn't included), but OneNote is also a strong productivity tool.
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mejiac,
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10/21/2015 | 12:39:38 PM
The name of the game is "Productivity"
As always...excellent article,

I was actually looking for an app like Splashtop Business to be able to wake up my PC remotely...so thanks!

I've said it before...I love windows 10! and this list helps that statement. When combining the full window experience with the combination of apps, things just run better. What I really like about the windows apps is that they provide the "what I need" experience when using the app. If a user needs to have more features they can switch to the desktop version, but for many the app version provides just the right level of features and functionality to get things done.

I love how on my home PC my mail, calendar, social and news app are able to talk to each other seamlessly. I really like that just by pressing the "Start" menu key and seeing the live tiles pop up, in a matter of seconds I get the updates that I'm looking for (Meetings, Traffic, Weather, people's birthdays, world news).... it's just awesome.

I'm really eager to use Windows 10 for more business purposes (still waiting to upgrade on my work laptop).... love the virtual desktop feature, since it allows me to have different threads of working going without missing a beat.
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jdguest,
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10/21/2015 | 12:38:31 PM
Re: OneNote is better than Evernote
OneNote is part of Microsoft office, but it is also available seperately and FREE. Check out the OneNote website on www "dot" onenote "dot" com 
mejiac
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mejiac,
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10/21/2015 | 12:34:33 PM
Re: OneNote is better than Evernote
@jdguest,

I do agree that Onenote is more robust, but because OneNote is part of the Office ecosystem, for users that don't need the full blown office experience, Evernote is by far the next best thing
jdguest
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jdguest,
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10/20/2015 | 3:06:18 PM
OneNote is better than Evernote
Great list of applications but OneNote is much more useful than Evernote. Especially when coupled with Windows 10, OneDrive and/or Office 365.
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