9 Official Windows Store Apps to Replace Popular Desktop Apps
Windows 10 might soon ask you to install the Store app, rather than its desktop version. If you’ve been wanting to try Windows Store apps , now is the time.
The Windows Store offers a large variety of official apps that can replace their desktop counterpart. So if you want to stick with an official application, but explore what Windows Store apps have to offer, explore these great options.
With the Dropbox app for Windows, you have access to all of your files as well as your notifications. You can watch saved videos, view photos, and check out your documents. If you would like to edit your files, just select the More (three-dot) icon from the top right, pick Open with, and choose the application.
You also have several options for managing items such as uploading a new file, saving to your device, making them available offline, and sharing with others. The app includes a Settings section so that you can adjust your sync, cache, security, and account options.
If you are a Box user, the Windows app offers about the same type of access as the Dropbox app. You will see your folders and documents, recent items, updated files, and transfers. You can also search for a particular file, which is handy.
You can send documents or copy them to your clipboard, add comments to items, as well as upload, download, or delete with a few clicks. The app does have a Settings section, although limited. You can log out, enable file-saving, and set a passcode. But if these are settings you seldom use, the Box app is still convenient for fast access.
If you have ever been aggravated with the Skype application, take the Skype Windows app for a spin. It just dropped its Preview label and is ready to serve the mainstream. Just like the desktop app, you can communicate with chat, video, and audio calls. And, you can send files, photos, video messages, and emoticons. The latest version also lets you search chats, switch input and output devices like microphone or camera during your call, and send text messages.
The Skype Preview app is responsive and lets you add in bots for travel, games, parcel delivery, and health. The Settings area is all-inclusive with audio, video, notification, logging, and playback options. Plus, you can choose between the light and dark modes for something different.
While you may see some unofficial downloads for Facebook’s popular Messenger app, you’re safest with the official one from the Windows Store. Plus, if you use the Facebook Windows app and click the Messenger icon, you will be directed to download the Messenger app anyway.
The app looks quite similar to that on your mobile device as far as color, icons, and people. You can adjust settings for your notifications and photo, video, and emoji options. So if you are on your computer daily and find this more convenient, it is a great way to go.
If Wunderlist is your go-to application for managing tasks, then check out the Windows app. You will see your lists, to-dos, and background photo are exactly the same as on the web, desktop application, and mobile app.
Once you install the Wunderlist Windows app, you can take advantage of its integration with Cortana . View your lists, add tasks, and open specific lists within the Cortana window to mark to-dos as completed. You can also manage your notification, account, background, and Smart List settings easily.
For Todoist fans, the Windows app is a nice, clean option. You will see your inbox and upcoming items along with projects and filters on the left side. You can take advantage of the features you are familiar with for Todoist like easy adding of projects and tasks. You can quickly include and edit the due date and priority for each to-do.
As with Wunderlist, Todoist has a section to manage your account, personalization, and notification settings. So, you can adjust these items as well as view the Karma feature and check out keyboard shortcuts. And you can review your recent sync log, report issues, or sync manually if needed.
With the recent device limitations implemented by Evernote, you might still be picking and choosing where to use it. However, if you work on a computer daily and are an avid Evernote user, then having the Windows app puts it in the handiest spot.
You can access all notebooks, notes, and tags, create new ones, sync, organize, and do pretty much everything you love about Evernote. The reminder, sharing, text editor, and file attachment options are each available. So, instead of finding the download on the Evernote site and going through the installation process, just pop open the Windows Store and grab the app quickly.
If you read your favorite magazines using Zinio, then having the app is a terrific way to check out the newest issues. You will see those in your queue, more to explore, a handy shop, and your bookmarks when you pop it open.
Select a magazine to read and you will see navigation along the top and bottom if you would like to skip around. When you begin to read, the navigation disappears giving you a full view of the pages. Then, just click the arrows on the right and left of the screen to move forward or back in the magazine.
Take a break from your day and find a spot to have dinner with the OpenTable app. You just enter your location, desired date and time, and the size of your party. Click Find a Table and you will see your options plotted on a map and can select one from the right to receive more details.
Information varies depending on location, but can include reviews, a menu, a description, and photos in addition to the basics. You can receive the details without an account, but if you sign up or log in, you can make and manage reservations too.
Which Windows Apps Do You Like the Best?
Aside from the popular or standard apps like Facebook, Netflix, or The Weather Channel, have you found a hidden gem on the Windows Store ?
New apps are popping up all the time, so if you have a favorite that you would like to share, let us know in the comments below!
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