5 Cool Microsoft Apps You Probably Didn’t Know About

Mihir Patkar 01-10-2016

Say what you will about the giant from Redmond, Microsoft can be pretty awesome Stop Bashing Microsoft: 5 Ways In Which They're Awesome Microsoft doesn't always get fair treatment. When it comes down to it, they're a pretty awesome company. There's been enough Microsoft bashing, now it's time for some love. Read More . It’s a technology giant that employs thousands of the world’s smartest engineers, and ends up building some really cool things.


Not everything that comes out of Microsoft gets a lot of attention. Not everything deserves it either. But there are some Microsoft apps and services that deserve to be known 5 Free Microsoft Online Services & Apps You Didn't Know Existed When you think of Microsoft, what's the first thing that comes to mind? It might take you a little longer to think of something positive. We're here to help with that. Read More . Some are useful, some are entertaining, and some are genius — and you should know about them all.

1. How Old (Web): Upload a Photo to See How Old You Look

There is now a robot that can look at a photo of you and try to guess your age. More importantly for the ego factor, it’s a reality check about how old the average person thinks you look!

Microsoft Apps How Old

How Old is a cool Microsoft project that relies on the big data and personal data economy You Are The Product, Not The Client: The Personal Data Economy Explained As Andrew Lewis once said "If you're not paying for something, you're not the customer; you're the product being sold". Think about the implications of that quote for a moment – how many free services... Read More to make smart connections. By crunching the numbers from different data points, the robot has gathered signs that mark age on a human face. It then takes your photo and looks for those points on your face. Depending on the correlation and patterns, it will guess your age.

Microsoft says that all these calculations are made with the assumption that the robot is “thinking” like a human. So while its guess might not be accurate to your real age, it’s a good estimate of how old you look.


2. What Dog (Web, iOS): Which Breed Is Your Dog… Or You?

What Dog is another smart robot to look at photos and figure something out. This time, it’ll look at a picture of your dog and smartly answer which breed it is.

Microsoft Apps What Dog Fetch

It can be a cool tool if you have a mixed breed, or to see which of the genetic breeds your dog leans towards. And if you have rescued a stray, you might be able to figure out its roots too.

But what’s more fun is to upload a photograph of yourself or your friends, and then let the artificial intelligence tell you which dog breed your human face most closely resembles! Try it the next time you go to the bar with your buddies.


DownloadFetch for iPhone and iPad (Free)

3. Celebs Like Me (Web): Find Your Celebrity Twin

After figuring out how old you are and which dog breed you look like, the last of Microsoft’s three face-matching tools is perhaps the most flattering. Let’s find out which famous celebrity you look like!

Microsoft Apps Celebs Like Me

If you always thought that you bear a resemblance to Ryan Gosling or Anne Hathaway, now is the time to find out. Again, the mechanism is simple. Upload a profile picture of yours with the face clearly visible, and Microsoft’s artificial intelligence will figure out who’s your celebrity twin.


You’ll get a percentage match of the one you look like the most, as well as three runners-up. It’s always going to be fascinating to say you look like Adam Savage of Mythbusters, eh?

4. Telepathwords (Web): Password Strength Checker

Microsoft’s Research wing keeps making some cool things that don’t get much attention. One of those is Telepathwords, a tool to make secure passwords that can’t be easily cracked.

Microsoft Apps Telepath Words

Telepathwords tries to predict the next character in your password by using a combination of common phrases, passwords, and password-selection behavior. So type in your password and see how many tick marks and crosses you get. The red crosses indicate guessable characters, so you might want to replace them to make memorable but unbreakable passwords 6 Tips For Creating An Unbreakable Password That You Can Remember If your passwords are not unique and unbreakable, you might as well open the front door and invite the robbers in for lunch. Read More .


It’s a simple tool that will quickly give you an idea of your password’s strength and how hard it is to crack. Try to make something with all green tick marks so you’re assured that it’s difficult for hackers to break through 13 Ways to Make Up Passwords That Are Secure and Memorable Want to know how to make up a secure password? These creative password ideas will help you create strong, memorable passwords. Read More .

5. Word Flow (iOS): The Great Windows Phone Keyboard, Now on iPhone

Microsoft may have made a few errors with Windows Phone, but it got one thing right: the brilliant keyboard. Its patented Word Flow technology is perfection, and made even better since the company bought popular third-party iOS keyboard The 10 Best iPhone Keyboard Apps: Fancy Fonts, Themes, GIFs, and More Tired of the default iPhone keyboard? These alternative iPhone keyboard apps offer GIFs, themes, search, and more. Read More Swiftkey.

Word Flow is now available as a free download for iPhones. And it has some cool features to boot. Its one-handed “arc mode” pins the keyboard to the bottom-right corner, making it easier to type with one hand on the larger iPhone Plus handsets.

Microsoft has also packaged its search engine into the keyboard. Much like Google’s fantastic Gboard keyboard Did Google Make the Best iPhone Keyboard Yet? Meet Gboard Google recently launched a new keyboard for iPhones called Gboard, and it's exclusively available on iOS right now. It's also probably the best mobile keyboard you have ever used. Read More , you can search from within the app, add GIFs and emojis, share contacts, and much more. It’s as good as a keyboard can get.

Download — Word Flow for iPhone (Free)

What’s Your Favorite Microsoft App?

So here’s a simple question. Which Microsoft software have you liked the most? I know most people are going to go with the big two — Windows or Office — but if you exclude those from consideration, what’s your favorite lesser-known Microsoft gem?

Image Credits:Microsoft by K?rlis Dambr?ns via Flickr

Related topics: Artificial Intelligence, Keyboard, Microsoft.

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  1. Marty Monroe
    October 7, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Notepad, about the only app from M$ that is relatively bug free and does a good job of allowing you to open any file to see that it is. Handy for quick notes too!

  2. Gux
    October 3, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    MS Research's Image Composite Editor.

  3. Diego Egido
    October 2, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    I love mimicker alarm!!!

  4. Anduril
    October 1, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Microsoft Office Lens is a great little app, it's on Android and iOS, and Windows Mobile. It's basically a scanner, it will take a picture, detect a document, automatically adjust the image so it is flat (it will calculate the angles of the edges and make it flat), and then allow you to crop, giving you a perfect PDF scan. It's also got an OCR built in so you can search the words in the image. Then you can share, email or send to your Google Drive. Pretty handy! And free!

    Winodws Store:

  5. Anton Hill
    October 1, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    My favorite apps are: Next Lock Screen and Arrow Launcher (both for Android). Both are under continuous improvement/development and, albeit they are still "unaware" of each other (weird to me, being both from Microsoft), both apps work perfect.

  6. Bobzilla
    October 1, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    Movie Maker, great for simple editing. Like compiling Go-Pro footage from my bike rides and adding music or voice over. Microsoft has dropped this in 10 and that is yet another reason I am sticking with Windows 7

  7. Paul
    October 1, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    ICE is amazing photo software for stitching together images to form a panorama. Getting difficult to find, but free.

  8. Paul
    October 1, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    ICE is an amazing, easy to use photo software for stitching together images to form panoramas. Getting a bit difficult to find, but free!

  9. David
    October 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Photosynth. It does a fantastic job of creating panoramas, even 360 degree and full spherical panos. The only thing is that you need to try and keep the camera in the same location or it may not stitch perfectly.