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11-13-2012, 09:45 PM


The Netflix app for Windows 8 is free to download and easy to use, with an attractive tile-based interface that's intuitive to navigate on a touchscreen. Streaming movies through the app also seems smoother than streaming them through your browser, which is reason enough to launch Netflix right from your Start screen.



Everyone needs a good instant messaging client, and although the Windows 8 Messaging app is functional enough, as of publication it supports only the Windows Messenger and Facebook Chat services. That may change in the future, but if you want to chat with all your friends right now across disparate networks (including AIM, Facebook, GChat, ICQ, and Jabber) Shape's IM+ app has you covered. It’s free, it supports a wide variety of chat networks, and it lets you enable push notifications so that you can stay on top of your social life no matter what app you’re using.

TuneIn Radio


Over 14,000 radio stations exist in the United States, and TuneIn Radio will let you listen to almost all of them, plus a bunch more from across the world, for free. While you could always stream your favorite radio station from your browser, TuneIn does a fantastic job of presenting a huge assortment of AM/FM radio streams and podcasts in one slick app that’s simple to navigate. The sound quality is great, playback rarely stutters, and the TuneIn live tile displays information on what’s currently playing. You can choose from over 70,000 talk shows, sports broadcasts, news programs, local radio broadcasts, and podcasts.



The eBay app is beautiful, free and easy to use, but most importantly it takes advantage of the Windows 8 Start screen in ways that make it more useful to savvy shoppers than the standard eBay website. You can use the app to quickly and efficiently sort through your tracked auctions and saved eBay searches, and you can pin the Daily Deals tracker to your Start screen to stay abreast of savings opportunities at a glance.

Microsoft Minesweeper


Windows 8 is the only version of Windows in recent memory that doesn't come with Minesweeper preinstalled, but you can download it for free if you’re feeling nostalgic. At its core the classic guessing gameplay of Minesweeper is the same as it ever was, but Microsoft has updated the Windows 8 version with a fresh coat of paint and some new features, including an Adventure mode with traps and treasure, online leaderboards, and the ability to log in with your Xbox Live account and see when your friends are online or earn Minesweeper Achievements.



Jujuba Software's app does what it says on the tin, placing a live tile on your Start screen that shows the time. You might be wondering why you'd need an app to do such a simple thing; surprisingly, in Windows 8, Microsoft actually failed to include an option for users to see what time it is without pulling up the Charms bar to display the system clock. The Clock app is a free, simple alternative for anyone who wants the convenience of being able to check the time at a glance without pulling up a menu, and you can also use it to set a timer, run a stopwatch, or set alarms for yourself.



Microsoft's SmartGlass functions as a second screen for your Xbox 360, keeping track of what you’re watching or playing and offering complementary information such as Achievement charts and additional video content. You can also use your PC as a remote control for your Xbox 360, launching videos or games on your HDTV from within SmartGlass. In addition, the app allows you to track real-time stats while watching sports, queue up songs in a dance game, or check your in-game GPS while racing against your friends in a motocross title. SmartGlass has been available in the Store for some time now, but Microsoft is updating the app with a bevy of new features to accompany the Windows 8 launch.



Whether you’re an avid Stumbler or a first-time user, consider adding the StumbleUpon app to your new Start screen. StumbleUpon is a fantastic way to discover new and interesting things online, and the Windows 8 app makes it even easier to stumble upon your next favorite video or article by updating the live tile with websites tailored to match your tastes. Installing the Windows 8 StumbleUpon app will also allow you to share websites, audio, and video with StumbleUpon via the Share Charm. It's a great tool for injecting a little serendipity into your online existence, and it's completely free to use.



The HowStuffWorks Windows 8 app basically bundles all the excellent articles, videos and podcasts from the HowStuffWorks website into a package and plops it down on your Start screen with a live tile that updates you whenever there's something new to check out. The app itself has a few peccadilloes (the tiles look cramped together and the podcasts don't keep playing when you switch to another app) that suggest it was rushed out to hit the Windows 8 launch date, but HowStuffWorks is still a fantastic free app that deserves a permanent spot on your Start screen.



Zühlke Engineering's MovieGuide app, a handy tool for movie nuts, combines the film trivia of IMDb, the variety of trailers on YouTube, and the list-making feature of Flixster into a single app. Some of the information on films and actors (especially the more obscure ones) is sourced from Wikipedia and can be a little anemic, but the beautiful design and easy discovery paths more than make up for that. Seasoned cinemagoers can probably skip this app, but it's perfect for budding film buffs.

Article Source: PcWorld

11-20-2012, 08:45 PM
A powerful and professional IM is really necessary for us to download. And I think these kinds of apps are necessary for nearly every Windows 8 computer users. For other kinds of apps, they are needed depends on what you like and what you need.

11-20-2012, 08:57 PM
A whether app is necessary. However, I don't like use Metro on my desktop PC.

12-06-2012, 04:46 PM
I would like to recommed my app to your, let say top 50 list, if you prepare it one day :P
You can try it in the Windows app store: Games -> Strategy -> Roman Empire

12-06-2012, 10:52 PM
Don't forget this one, Windows Live Messenger is soon going to be gone, but don't worry. Skype to Skype calls are free. So you can keep your Messenger contacts & speak with them either webcam/mic, or just a headset if on a desktop w/o a mic, or older notebook w/o one.

However, most modern notebooks has webcams, as do AIO (all-in-one) PC's.

Skype app for Windows in the Windows Store (http://apps.microsoft.com/webpdp/en-US/app/skype/5e19cc61-8994-4797-bdc7-c21263f6282b)

It's in the MS store, 1st category, "Top Free".

Be sure to read the details. Calls to cell & landlines are NOT free.


01-18-2013, 07:29 PM
in real,,many best app for you can try,,

windows 8 can make your simple your life.

Allen Smith
02-12-2013, 07:26 PM
I really like the tune-in radio app.. I've always wanted to listen to the radio at my computer and now I can.

Allen Smith
02-12-2013, 07:27 PM
Is their an app for viewing multiple time zones?

Ian Ho
04-08-2013, 06:54 PM
I like Techcrunch for my daily tech news fix as well as Tube Downloader Lite which allows me to download and watch all my Youtube videos offline

04-08-2013, 08:47 PM
very helpful, thanks a lot

04-08-2013, 10:04 PM
If you have touch screen, you can try Gesture2Launch which can launch apps or system commands by drawing gestures on screen.

04-17-2013, 12:44 PM
Defiantly, this apps are more then needed

04-21-2013, 05:50 PM
This coming weekend, I'm going to get my Windows8 laptop. These are great suggestions on what apps to have, IM+ Chat is necessary app for me because of the nature of my work.

05-06-2013, 05:44 AM
As I read through this thread, I do see a lot of entertainment or feel-good apps, but not too many apps of a utilitarian nature. That is, to either make W8 run better or make it easier for someone to use.

I have to set up new computers for my Computer Customers, so I try to made the PC in question as user friendly as possible. Some things, like registry tweaks and stopping un-needed services can be done by just running a script or batch file, however, there are several important things to optimize performance that can only be done manually.

One of the first things I do on every setup, is to do the following tweaks:

Shorten the Boot Time in XP, Vista & Windows 7 & 8

Go to the start button, choose run, then type msconfig and press Ok.
On the system configuration window, choose the "Boot.INI" tab.

Check “No Gui Boot”, then lower the timeout to a more manageable time.
I choose 3 seconds in stead of 30. (windows won’t accept a lower number than 3)

Next choose advanced options.
This is where you can choose how many processors you have.
Most modern PC's are duo core (2 processors) with some quad core (4 processors)
then choose OK. The Windows default is only 1 core.

Now choose apply and OK, reboot and you should see a marked decrease in boot time,
And Run-Time efficiency.

However, if you can't figure out how to run "msconfig" without a Run box, installing "Classic Shell" first might be the best thing to do.

Then another 'must have' utility that I use on every PC (with either Win-7 or Win-8) is "Grant Admin Full Control".
That very useful utility can be downloaded here:

After running it, you have the ability, in the right click drop down menu, to take control (become the owner) of any file or folder in the PC, except for the root directory itself. But you can still take ownership of single files in the root dir. You'll love that when you want to either delete or rename a file.

As I alluded to earlier, installing the "Classic Shell" gives you the ability to make your Desktop look and act a lot like either XP or Win-7. That's a big help for older users who find Win-8 just too 'Alien'.

A good friend, who works in a Home Depot store, says that about 10% of the new computers sold there, come back because people have no idea how to work them, with Windows 8 installed.

So, the apps that I find most valuable are the ones that make W8 more user friendly.

Cheers mates!
TM :cool:

05-15-2013, 11:51 PM
Thanks alot ..

08-14-2013, 07:34 PM
You should also consider my new game for the Windows Store! Search for "marblie"! Let me know what you think!

08-15-2013, 03:56 AM
Hi! Feel free to also try my 3 free game apps for the Windows 8:
Add them down
Deep Tunnel Explorer
CoMath Blaster