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Desktop apps are now available in the Windows Store, but it doesn’t mean the oft-maligned Universal apps Are You Confused by the Windows App Terminology? Are You Confused by the Windows App Terminology? Did you ever wonder what's the difference between an application, program, or software? Or whether that Windows app is metro, modern, universal, or plain straight? You're not alone. Let us clear things up! Read More  are dead.

In fact, they are better than ever. Their design and usability is unrecognizable from a couple of years ago, Microsoft has largely got the problem of fake and imposter apps Don't Be Fooled! 5 Tips To Avoid Fake Apps In The Windows Store Don't Be Fooled! 5 Tips To Avoid Fake Apps In The Windows Store The Windows Store has been spoiled by useless junkware and scams. Microsoft recently purged many fake apps, but the store still features questionable apps. We show you how not to get scammed. Read More under control, and the selection of apps is the most diverse it’s ever been.

Yes, some universal apps in the Windows Store are still poor imitations of their desktop cousins. Desktop vs. Windows Store Apps: Which Should You Download? Desktop vs. Windows Store Apps: Which Should You Download? On Windows 10 and 8.1, you can either download and install a Desktop applications from the web, or you can get an app from the Windows Store. We explore the differences between Desktop and Store... Read More  However, it doesn’t mean that you can’t find some really useful, high-quality apps – you just need to know where to look.

Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best Windows 10 apps. Make sure you let us know what we missed!

In this article: Cloud Storage | News and SportFood and Drink | Games | Image and Photo Editors | Music Players | Productivity | Reading | Shopping | Social Networking and Communication | Utilities | Video Players & Companion Apps

Last updated: June 2017

Cloud Storage

Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive all naturally have apps for Windows 10, enabling you to access your cloud-stored data using the Modern interface.

Box

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Offering 5 GB of free storage, Box is a popular cloud storage solution among home and business consumers alike.

Dropbox

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There is room for improvement in the Dropbox Windows app, but it is functional and allows you to open, edit save, and share your data with contacts. Although it doesn’t use the Dropbox folder on your PC (for instance if you are also using the desktop version), it does make your files available quickly.

OneDrive

OneDrive is Microsoft’s flagship cloud storage service. For people who don’t want to deal with the somewhat fiddly desktop folder, the app is a great alternative.

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News and Sport

With so much going on in the world, it’s vital to stay abreast of current events. And if the daily news ever becomes too much to handle, at least you check the latest happenings at your favorite sports team!

News 360

News 360 is a news aggregator The Best Alternatives to Google News That Help You Stay Current The Best Alternatives to Google News That Help You Stay Current While Google News is convenient and easy to use, there are other ways to get your mainstream, niche, or even personalized news, delivered to you on your desktop or on the go. Read More . It pulls stories from multiple sources to give you a live feed of things you’re interested in.

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The more you use the app, the better it gets. It will learn which subjects and topics you like the most and tailor your feed accordingly. If you give it permission, it can even use data from your Facebook and Twitter account to help it improve.

Google News Viewer

Google News Viewer is not an official Google product, but don’t let that put you off. It looks beautiful and makes reading your news a breeze.

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Let’s be honest, the Google News website looks like it’s still stuck in the 2000s, so this app is a significant step up.

Newsstand

Newsstand is the third news aggregator on the list but it offers a couple of features that warrant its inclusion.

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Firstly, you can add any site into the app using the Additions form. Secondly, you can create a Favorites list of your preferred sources, and finally, it has a built-in list of the most popular sites for easy navigation.

Newsflow

Newsflow is an RSS reader which is designed with the news in mind. Its key features are breaking news notifications, pinnable live titles for specific topics or sources, and searchable keywords.

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It can also play YouTube videos and GIFs in-app, thus making it a one-stop shop for all your news needs.

MSN Sports

MSN Sports is the default Microsoft sports app. It comes pre-installed on your system, but if you deleted it years ago then forgot all about it, you should give it a second chance.

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You can add teams and leagues, read the latest stories across hundreds of sports from countless services, and even enable notifications for live scores and breaking news. If you’re especially interested in sports from a certain country, you can change the region within the app.

Eurosport

Eurosport publishes more than 150 articles a day on a wide variety of sports. Whether you want news or long-form featured content, you will find it in this app.

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There’s also a huge amount of video content, so if you prefer to watch rather than read, this is a must-have.

Food and Drink

Cooking isn’t for everyone, but if you have an interest in getting to grips with one of life’s most vital skills, having a computer on hand is particularly useful. Touchscreen devices like Windows tablets are of considerable use in the kitchen, along with these apps.

Allrecipes

With more than 30 million users, Allrecipes is the best community-source collections of recipes anywhere on the web.

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The app prompts you to find ideas in several ways. For example, you can search based on what’s in your fridge, what time of year it is, and which recipes have been saved and used most frequently.

Recipe+ Nutrition Profiler ($7.99)

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Designed to display nutrition information for existing recipes or ones you create. It works offline and features a database of over 12,000 food types. It is a great way to find out just what foods in your diet are healthy and where you can make improvements.

You may also be interested in Go Veggie ($6.99), Cook with YumvY.

Games

The Windows Store is packed full of games. Some of them are great fun and keep you engaged for hours, some of them will quickly have you searching for the delete button.

Either way, very few of these are available as standalone desktop apps – the only way to play them is to download the universal app version.

Halo: Spartan Assault ($2.99)

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An awesome top-down spin-off of the popular Xbox 360 game, this is an unusually strong title for touch devices and unmissable if you own a Windows 10 device. An excellent companion to the main Halo series, we absolutely loved this game, and you can read more about it in our Halo: Spartan Assault review Windows 8 Gaming Hits Second Gear With Halo: Spartan Assault Windows 8 Gaming Hits Second Gear With Halo: Spartan Assault One of the greatest video game franchises, Halo has been shy of Windows PC since Halo 2 was released in 2004. Halo: Spartan Assault for Windows 8 changes all of that – but is it... Read More .

Medieval Apocalypse

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This hack’n’slash RPG takes you into an apocalyptic medieval world where you play a knight completing quests to defeat zombies and collect gold. Yes, that’s right – a zombie/knight hack’n’slash with fast, frantic gameplay. Oh, and it’s free too, which really seals the deal.

Fairway Solitaire

Two of the most relaxing pastimes meet each other in this game as you play a hand of solitaire, while simultaneously making your way around a golf course. You need to try and achieve a score of par or less to advance to the next levels (aka, holes).

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Image and Photo Editors

Whether you’re editing photos or creating a work of digital art from scratch, Windows 10 has on offer several great tools, free and paid, to help you achieve your finished piece.

Fotor

Fotor is an all-in-one photo editor. It’s a worthy replacement if you don’t like Adobe Photoshop.

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Alongside basic editing tools, it also offers visual effects, quick enhance, RAW file RAW Files: Why You Should Be Using Them for Your Photos RAW Files: Why You Should Be Using Them for Your Photos Almost every article featuring advice for people just learning photography stresses one thing: shoot RAW images. Here's why that's good advice. Read More conversion, and even a collage creator. Furthermore, it’s recently been upgraded has now has improved support for EXIF data.

Adobe Photoshop Express

Not everyone needs the expensive full-featured version of Photoshop What Can You Actually Do With Adobe Photoshop? What Can You Actually Do With Adobe Photoshop? Photoshop can now do a lot more than just edit photos; some of the tools from programs like Illustrator have made their way into the software and vice versa. Read More , but there are lots of times you’ll need something more powerful than MS Paint.

A great option is Adobe Photoshop Express. It’s designed to be an on-the-go photo editor. Features include basic alternations like crop, straighten, rotate, and flip, one-touch adjustments for brightness, exposure, and shadows, and slider controls for exposure, contrast, clarity, and vibrance.

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If you have an Adobe ID, you can download additional plugins.

Fhotoroom

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Excellent photo app migrated from Windows Phone, with a collection of basic editing tools and over 70 styles, frames, filters, and light leaks.

Fresh Paint

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Fresh Paint is an easy to use painting/art Windows 10 app with an easy learning curve. As such it’s ideal for kids and adults, all you need is a desire to paint! If you’re using a tablet with a stylus, such as the Surface Pro slates, this app suddenly becomes all the more powerful.

Gallery HD

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Find photos and videos on your computer, network, or external storage and enjoy them in stunning slideshows with fade and zoom effects. This is a great way to unify your images and view and edit them in a single app in Windows 10’s touchscreen interface.

Music Players

Rock out with your Windows 10 computer thanks to this collection of MP3 players and audio streaming apps.

TuneIn Radio

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Does it get better than free internet radio? The popular mobile radio streaming app is available as a Windows app. You can listen to almost any channel in the world, saving you the hassle of finding the right stream in your browser.

Universal Radio

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If TuneIn Radio doesn’t suit your usage needs, check out Universal Radio. The user-driven app offers 5,550 radio stations, and more are coming online every day.

The app is also available for Android and it supports Google Chromecast.

VEVO

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This app provides access to the amazing free VEVO service, where videos, live concerts, and new artists await! You might need to pay for some popular live events.

Musixmatch

First and foremost, Musixmatch is a song identifier 5 Android Music Recognition Apps Compared: Which Got the Most Songs Right? 5 Android Music Recognition Apps Compared: Which Got the Most Songs Right? We tested five music identification apps so that you don't have to. Which came out on top? Read More . Like Soundhound and Shaazam, you let the app listen to a snippet of a track on the TV or radio and it will search its huge database for a match.

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It also doubles as a music player; import your library and Musixmatch can add lyrics, album artwork, and other important metadata.

Productivity

Like any computer platform, Windows 10 is designed for productivity The 5 Best Productivity Features in the Creators Update The 5 Best Productivity Features in the Creators Update The Windows 10 Creators Update comes packed with new features and apps. We show you which new Windows 10 features can make you more productive. Read More as well as entertainment. It’s not all about cooking, either, with tools for note-taking, remote desktop and more.

Copy Space

Copying and pasting are incredibly useful and simple. If you have to move a lot of content, however, constantly bouncing back and forth between apps can quickly become frustrating.

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Try using Copy Space instead. It’s a universal clipboard that can store several items at once. All your copies are sorted into categories, and it can sync between all your devices.

Drawboard PDF ($8)

One of the PDF’s biggest annoyances is the lack of editing options. Although Drawboard PDF doesn’t let you edit text, you can draw all over PDF files to annotate them. The aim is to reduce the number of times you will need to print a sheet to make notes on it.

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It also includes some other useful tools, including the ability to merge and reorder documents, measure lengths and angles, and overlay grids and other templates.

Xodo PDF Reader and Editor

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The free Xodo PDF Reader and Editor is an impressively full-featured PDF app. You can write on documents, annotate in real-time with other users, and make notes on blank documents so you can print them later. There is even a night mode so you can work at night without straining your eyes 7 Ways to Reduce Screen Time and Rest Your Eyes 7 Ways to Reduce Screen Time and Rest Your Eyes Staying healthy includes caring for the eyes. Vision related health problems are a real lifestyle ailment and our digital habits are promoting. The cure lies in thoughtful use of the screen. Read More .

Oh, and best of all? There are no ads.

Translator

Yes, Google Translate is still the market leader in the world of translation apps 3 Best Translation Tools Based on Google Translate 3 Best Translation Tools Based on Google Translate Read More . Sadly, it doesn’t have a Windows Store app.

If you interact a lot with other languages – perhaps because of your news interests, cultural interests, or work requirements – it can quickly become frustrating to keep jumping between the documents you’re working on and the Google Translate website.

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The translation quality of Bing Translator is just as good as Google Translate, it works offline, and it’ll sit happily in your taskbar for easy access.

OneNote

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Make notes, plan outlines, clip resources, and sync your digital scrapbook to the cloud with this fast, impressive app and its unique finger-friendly dial menu. It features OneDrive syncing, enabling you to instantly see your notes on other devices. Note that EverNote Touch is also available if you prefer that notebook syncing service.

Money Lover – Money Manager

There are lots of family budgeting desktop apps QuickBooks Online: Reputable and Easy Cloud Accounting so You Can Focus on Your Business QuickBooks Online: Reputable and Easy Cloud Accounting so You Can Focus on Your Business QuickBooks has an established reputation for being the primary, all-inclusive accounting and finance management service for businesses of all sizes. Read More trying to grab your attention, and even more web apps. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try making your own budgeting spreadsheet in Excel 7 More Useful Excel Sheets to Instantly Improve Your Family's Budget 7 More Useful Excel Sheets to Instantly Improve Your Family's Budget Here are 7 more great Excel sheets that will help you improve your family's budget, whether you're single or have a spouse and multiple kids. Read More .

Or, you could consider Money Lover – Money Manager.

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You can track your money across long time periods, it comes with a financial calendar that’ll send you alerts and notifications, it includes lots of useful (and free) graphs and charts, and it works in multiple currencies.

Code Writer

Are you looking for a fast and easy-to-use code editor app The 6 Best Windows Notepad Alternatives The 6 Best Windows Notepad Alternatives Windows Notepad is too simple, but Microsoft Office is overkill? If you're looking for a Notepad replacement, here are the leading alternatives. One will be perfect for you. Read More ? Code Writer has you covered.

It’s been around since the early days of Windows 8 and has built a loyal following of fans. It comes with active syntax highlighting, supports more than 20 file types, and has a live tile that displays both the names and save states of your open documents.

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Interestingly, it also supports several cloud storage services Check Out These 4 Discounted Cloud Storage and Backup Services Check Out These 4 Discounted Cloud Storage and Backup Services Make sure you never lose your files to a devastating PC implosion again. Today, we're featuring 4 deals on Cloud storage and backup solutions that'll keep your files safe and secure! Read More , so you can take your project with you wherever you go.

TeamViewer Touch

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TeamViewer lets you set up a connection to another computer in seconds, regardless of operating system. Connections are secure and no configuration is required for firewalls and proxies. If you regularly have to access other computers for support or collaboration, TeamViewer Touch should be your number one choice.

Reading

Whether you’re using a tablet computer, a desktop, laptop, or hybrid, reading apps are vital to digesting information from the latest bestsellers to reports in PDF format.

Overdrive

Overdrive has a global network of more than 34,000 libraries which you can use to borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and videos.

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Anything you borrow will automatically sync across all your devices and the library is open 24/7. The app also doubles as an eReader, so you can do your borrowing and reading through the same interface.

Best of all titles are automatically returned at the end of their loan period – you’ll never have to pay a late fee again!

(Note: You need to be a member of your local library to access the app)

Zinio

While Overdrive mainly focuses on books, Zinio is geared towards magazines.

You will find some of the world’s most well-known titles, including The Economist, New Scientist, Rolling Stone, GQ, and Vogue. Titles are split into nine main categories: News, Sports, Tech, Lifestyle, Women, Men, Science, International, and Arts.

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Like Overdrive, if you’re a member of a library, you can rent the titles for free.

Book Bazar Reader

Why do you need to pay for eBooks when apps like Book Bazar Reader are out there? It scrapes lots of sources of free publications (including Guttenberg, Flibusta, FeedBooks, FreeBooks, and ManyBooks), then presents all the results to you in one easy-to-use interface.

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The app supports EPUB, MOBI, FB2, PDF, and TXT formats, and has cool additional features like annotating and highlighting.

Freda

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If you don’t like the interface of Bazar Book Reader, check out Freda. The principle of the app is the same; it gives you 50,000 free titles you can download and read. It supports EPUB, FB2, HTML, and TXT files and you can even import your own DRM-free books to use in the eReader.

Kindle

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This app gives you access to over 1 million books on the Kindle Store. All the titles can sync across all your devices. What are you waiting for? Get reading!

Audible

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Who’s got time to read books these days? Between commuting to work, updating Facebook statuses, and feeding the dog, most of us don’t have a spare minute in our days.

That’s why audiobooks have grown in popularity This Site Has Thousands of Free Public Domain Audiobooks This Site Has Thousands of Free Public Domain Audiobooks Audiobooks can be expensive. Why not relieve some of the pressure on your wallet by listening to these free public domain audiobooks instead? Read More over the last few years. They let you drive, update Facebook, and feed the dog at the same time, all while still managing to give your brain a fix of quality literature.

The Audible app has all the features you’d expect. They also recently added streaming, so you don’t need to download a book to listen to it.

News Live Tiles

The Microsoft News app is a nice idea. The app itself is constantly being improved and it’s now a good option to consider when you’re assessing the best way to consume your news The Best 5 Amazing News Apps For the iPad The Best 5 Amazing News Apps For the iPad One thing I'm sure I don't have to tell you is that news is changing. Everything from the way information is reported down to the way it's consumed has undergone a change in recent years,... Read More .

Unfortunately, the live tile isn’t so useful; it cannot display all the information you care about. The reality is, it’s impossible for the app to display all those headlines in such a small box.

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The solution is to download News Live Tiles. It’s a glorified RSS reader that allows you to create feeds for any site you want. The headlines from those sites are then displayed in the live titles. You can have as many tiles as you want.

Nextgen Reader ($1.99)

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Originally designed as a Google Reader Windows 10 app, this tool now offers support for many other RSS feed reading services and has grown beyond its initial purpose into an extremely usable reader, complete with sharing options.

Shopping

Your Windows 10 computer is a hub for the online marketplace. You can connect to the likes of Amazon or eBay and make your purchases, directly from within a dedicated app. Who needs a browser?

Newegg

Are you looking for cheap deals and bargain prices on electronics and tech? You need Newegg. The online-only retailer has 10.5 million products and will deliver to your door. Unfortunately, the app is full-screen only.

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eBay

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Easily search, bid, buy, and list your own items for sale or auction with the official eBay app for Windows 10. It is very similar to the eBay apps for other platforms and just as easy to use.

Amazon

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Using this Amazon Windows 10 app is faster than using the website. Search is fast and processing purchases is efficient – try it!

CPlus for Craigslist

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Whether you’re looking for something for sale, somewhere to live, or even somewhere to work, this remarkable Windows 10 app lets you win at using Craigslist. Previously known as Craigslist+.

Social Networking and Communication

Do you chat online? Enjoy Facebook and Twitter? Perhaps you socialize on Reddit? Check out these awesome options.

Facebook

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This app offers a superior Facebook experience that arguably exceeds the web version of the popular social networking site.

Messenger

Ever since Microsoft made changes to universal apps and allowed them to be operated from the taskbar, they’ve become a lot more useful. Even then, however, some apps just don’t work very well as universal apps. One exception is Facebook Messenger.

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If you’re the type of person who’s always using the service to chat with friends, having a dedicated taskbar icon can be really handy. Unlike the universal Skype app, which is shockingly stripped of features, the Messenger app retains the functionality you’re used to from its website counterpart.

Baconit

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Baconit is the highest rated Reddit app in the store. It offers everything you’d expect from a Reddit app, including comment flairs, support for multiple user accounts, and extensive search parameters.

The app has also recently been given a design overhaul and now looks better than ever.

Twitter

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Limited compared to some of the alternatives, Twitter nevertheless offers everything you would expect as well as the Discover tool to find trends and follow suggestions.

Tweeten

Twitter power users will be well aware of TweetDeck. It’s the only reliable web app for managing multiple Twitter accounts Tweetdeck Teams: How to Manage or Share a Twitter Account Tweetdeck Teams: How to Manage or Share a Twitter Account If you share a Twitter account with others, perhaps managing a brand or just running a cool creative handle, then Tweetdeck just got a whole lot better. Say hello to the new Tweetdeck Teams. Read More from one place.

In terms of functionality, Tweeten is almost identical – but it’s designed specifically for Windows 10. It supports lists, notifications, direct messages, and the Activity Feed. There’s even a way to search for and save GIFs React to Anything: 5 Ways to Find Perfect Reaction GIFs & Videos React to Anything: 5 Ways to Find Perfect Reaction GIFs & Videos React to just about anything with the perfect quote, GIF or video. We show you where to find a well-timed video, or a quote from a show, along with some GIF tools of course. Read More .

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Other social apps you might be interested in are StumbleUponIM+ (an all-in-one messenger for reaching chat contacts across several networks), and the VK app for the popular V Kontakte social network.

Utilities

Windows 10 is a virtual toolbox. It can be your search tool, your calculator, and even your digital nightstand.

Network Speed Test

We’ve all lived in a place with a dodgy internet connection at some point in our lives. Perhaps the speed fluctuates wildly or your connection is prone to dropping out. Sadly, internet service providers rarely have much inclination to do anything about it – they’re getting your money and they’re happy.

It’s frustrating to try and build up a body of evidence to present to them. Speed test websites are full of adverts and they don’t log your historical results.

Network Speed Test rectifies the problem. It’s got a clean interface, it’s lightning fast, and it logs past network performance history in easy-to-understand charts.

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Speed Test by Ookla

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If you’re looking for a simpler version of Network Speed Test, check out Speed Test by Ookla. The company’s website is one of the best ways to find out the speed of your internet connection, and the web app is no different.

The app will test your ping, upload, and download speeds, and display all the data in beautifully presented real-time graphs. It’ll even keep a log of previous tests so you can track how your speed varies over time.

Advanced Password Generator

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By now, everyone should know about the importance of using strong passwords How to Generate Strong Passwords That Match Your Personality How to Generate Strong Passwords That Match Your Personality Without a strong password you could quickly find yourself on the receiving end of a cyber-crime. One way to create a memorable password could be to match it to your personality. Read More . As password hacks become more common, failure to do so have genuinely catastrophic real-world consequences.

But making strong passwords isn’t always easy; there are so many facets of password creation you need to remember. Instead, why not let the Advanced Password Generator do it for you?

It can use a combination of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and punctuation to make your password as secure as possible.

Video Players & Companion Apps

Do you like watching TV and movies? How about streaming content from popular subscription services? Do you like casting your own collection of videos? You need these apps.

Plex

Plex and Kodi are the two biggest names in the home theater world. Kodi doesn’t have a Windows Store app, but Plex does.

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It will let you access any videos, photos, and music that you have on your server via your Windows PC. To supercharge your experience, you should install some of the best unofficial Plex channels 20 Unofficial Plex Channels You Should Install Right Now 20 Unofficial Plex Channels You Should Install Right Now One of the best features of Plex are Plex Channels. And one of the best parts of Plex Channels is the Unsupported App Store. Here are 20 unofficial Plex Channels you should install right now. Read More .

Netflix

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Enjoy TV episodes, movies, and original content from the world’s leading streaming subscription service. This Netflix app is comparable with the browser interface Netflix Showdown: Windows 8 Modern App Vs. Desktop Version Netflix Showdown: Windows 8 Modern App Vs. Desktop Version Netflix is a fantastic service, but users on Windows 8 have multiple options for enjoying it. Should you go with the modern-styled Windows 8 app, or the desktop version accessible in the browser? Read More , and in some ways better. You can watch in 4K if you have a suitable monitor.

Hulu/Hulu Plus

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What could be better than unlimited streaming of top TV shows and fantastic movies? Hulu Plus offers more than the standard Hulu service, and for many users is worth the upgrade.

VLC

The Swiss army knife of media players has been a long-time favorite of users. Unfortunately, it can be a bit aggressive on your battery life.

The Windows Store app is lighter and less resource-heavy. It supports video, audio, MKV, and FLAC playback, and lets you manage your media library.

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Xbox One SmartGlass

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If you own an Xbox One and a Windows 10 device, this is the ultimate companion app, a second screen to interact with your console and TV. An Xbox 360 version of SmartGlass is also available.

Tubecast for YouTube

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As more and more people cut the cord Everyone Else Is Cutting the Cord, So Why Aren't You? Everyone Else Is Cutting the Cord, So Why Aren't You? I cut the cord back in 2013 and more and more people are following suit, completely ditching their cable service. But not everyone is cutting the cord, and we decided to find out why... Read More , YouTube has emerged as a popular way for users to get their entertainment fix.

Sadly, you won’t find an official YouTube app in the Windows Store, but Tubecast is the next best thing. It acts as a YouTube client and can stream content to smart TVs, Chromecasts, Amazon Fire sticks, Rokus, PlayStations, Xboxes, and any DLNA-enabled gadget.

Now It’s Your Turn…

I hope I’ve shown you that you shouldn’t dismiss the Windows Store out of hand. It’s an increasingly important part of Microsoft’s Windows strategy and the quality of the apps within it is only getting better.

Have you found an app that you’d like to recommend to your fellow readers? Have I missed your favorite app off the list? Or do all the offerings still leave you unconvinced?

Let us know your thoughts, opinions, and recommendations in the comments below.

Originally written by Christian Cawley.

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  1. ramanan
    December 29, 2017 at 2:48 am

    nice work bro keep on going

  2. John
    December 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    eBay is no longer available in the Microsoft Store