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11 Windows 10 Apps For Your Upgraded PC

The new Windows Store is a highlight of Windows 10. What are the best apps it has to offer?
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Ever since it first unveiled Windows 10 earlier this year, Microsoft has emphasized the new Windows Store and Universal Apps platform as core components of its new OS.

Apps give life to our smartphones, tablets, and PCs. We use apps to talk, text, email, work, stay organized, play games, and listen to music. Windows 10 may run well on your PC, but it won't reach its full potential without apps.

The universal apps approach is designed to simplify things for developers and customers. Developers can use mostly the same code base for smartphone and tablet apps. Consumers only have to download an app once to have it on all their devices.

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Microsoft's Windows Store lags far behind Apple's App Store and Android's Google Play in terms of user base. Redmond is hoping the universal app strategy will drive the popularity of Windows apps among consumers and boost developer activity for the Windows platform.

While the majority of smartphone users own Apple or Android devices, most of us are running Windows machines at home and in the workplace. We know iOS and Google Play apps can help us be healthy and productive, but what of apps for our Windows devices?

Let's take a look at some of the more interesting apps available in the Windows Store and how they'll affect your everyday use of Windows 10. Once you've reviewed our list, tell us if we missed any of your favorites. Share your experiences with the new Windows Store and universal apps in the comments section below.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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MarkN590
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MarkN590,
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4/26/2016 | 2:16:39 AM
Meh...
I got through the first four or five clicks and then realised that actually, NONE of these fluffy bunny apps were either useful or important. 
googleclone
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googleclone,
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12/23/2015 | 7:47:27 AM
Re: Wunderlist, WolfRamAlpha
Dropbox

Free, subscription for more storage.

 

Fresh Paint

Free, with in-app purchases.
 
yalanand
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yalanand,
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8/31/2015 | 11:41:39 PM
Re: Wunderlist, WolfRamAlpha
@sachinEE. Think about writing about your activities on wunderlist and at the press of a button, the information transfers from your PC to your mobile phone without you having to type it again in your mobile once you go out.
yalanand
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yalanand,
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8/31/2015 | 11:39:39 PM
Re: Addictive
@kelly22: I don't think I would switch to WolfRamAlpha because it is directed for students and I am plenty happy with Quora. I did get Flipboard though. The feed could have had some tweaks.
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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8/31/2015 | 12:28:18 PM
Re: Addictive
@mak63 I found the same thing. The apps have been downloading and launching quickly on my Surface Pro, so it has been fun exploring the Windows Store. Hopefully things continue to run smoothly!
mak63
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mak63,
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8/30/2015 | 10:59:27 PM
Addictive
Going to the Windows Store is like going to Redbox. It's kind of addictive. Well, if you like movies that is.

In any case, I downloaded a few apps that the article mentions. Love it!
Kelly22
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Kelly22,
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8/28/2015 | 12:25:54 PM
Re: Wunderlist, WolfRamAlpha
I debated including WolframAlpha in this roundup because it is geared towards students, but it's really a cool information hub. If you're not using it for work, it's a handy tool for doing research or simply learning more about different subjects.
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SachinEE,
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8/28/2015 | 10:16:22 AM
Wunderlist, WolfRamAlpha
These two W's are hardcore apps for people like me. Although WRA is for students, I would love to check out this app for the naughty kids in my home. Wunderlist would be productive if Windows Connect is available.
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8/28/2015 | 10:13:11 AM
FlipBoard
Fianlly a good workplace app. Often I get bored at work and since we don't have that much time searching out from the internet, I would love to have this app to browse the topics I love to read about.
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shamika,
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8/27/2015 | 1:59:07 AM
iHeartRadio
I Love this app. It will help in reducing the stress at work. It also better that it gives you the opportunity to create your own.
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