20 Windows apps you must have

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New windows 10 comes up with the new improvised Windows store.  With millions of desktop application together with windows store apps makes windows 10 an operating system with the highest number of apps and programs. Though we cannot find every application you want on windows store, you can still download the desktop application in your windows 10 OS.

20 windows best applications for your windows desktop/laptop

  1.  Skype: Skype is a Microsoft owned application that provides free video chat and voice calls over the internet. It was introduced in 2003 and its headquarter is located in Luxemburg. It is widely loved communication apps in every OS platform including mobiles, Xbox and Alexa. You can also share digital media such as images, videos, voice messages, and so on. You can share stories with friends, learn new things and discuss academic problems with your teacher.
    Skype also offers conference video calling for some skype credit. With Skype, you will also be able to call a landline or mobile phone number by using skype credit. Though Skype is still not available as windows store apps you can install the desktop version of Skype and enjoy quality voice and video chatting. You can try skype out today adding your friends and family.
  2. OneDrive: OneDrive is another important application in windows 10. OneDrive is a cloud storage system or file hosting service that allows users to back up their important files, media, etc. and can access these files anytime from the installed application.
    Use of OneDrive helps you keep your important documents safely and even saves your device memory. You can get 5 GB of storage space for free in OneDrive. Older users got 10 GB to 25 GB of free storage. You can get up to 10 GB of free storage by recommending it to your friends. There are various ways to add free storage of your OneDrive space.
  3. Microsoft Office Package: Microsoft office package is the most popular feature-packed suite of application introduced by Microsoft in 1990.  Microsoft office includes office-related applications like Spreadsheet(Excel), Text editor(Word), Presentation(PowerPoint), DBMS(Access) and Email(Outlook) application. The new Office 365 2016 subscription enhanced your experience in using these applications. It is compatible with both Macintosh and windows.
    Now you can instantly save your project to OneDrive or any other cloud and share it with your coworkers, colleagues, and so on. You can also download mobile words, mobile PowerPoint from windows store if you have office 365 subscription.
  4. Picasa: Windows 10 already has a new photo app but it’s still in the early days and you might have to tackle with different bugs in it. So, Picasa might be better apps for you to organize your photos and pictures.
    Picasa scans all most all pictures from all corners of your computer and organizes it in single apps. You can also edit the picture and add filters to the pictures. You can use it as an integrated photo-sharing site. Picasa is a Google owned application. Picasa which was introduced in 2002 was named as life scape in the beginning. Later on in July 2004, it was named as Picasa.
  5. VLC media player: Windows media player, Movies and TV player are available in windows 10 but these media players are not able to read many video and audio formats. VLC media player read videos which Windows media player, Movies and Tv players do not read. So, you can use VLC media player for this purpose. The VLC media player is available in Apple, Microsoft store and Google play store.
    VLC media player support a larger amount of media formats, especially video.
  6. Chrome web browser: Windows 10 comes up with new web browser called Microsoft Edge and it is somehow better than old Internet Explorer but still not that enhanced web browser. It is simply known as Chrome and it was introduced in 2008 for Microsoft windows. Now you can use this browser in Linux, macOS, iOS, and Android.
    So, using a chrome web browser might be a good idea at the start. It is one of the fastest web browsers in the market. Other browsers like Safari and Mozilla Firefox also can be a good choice.
  7. Flipboard: You might have already seen Flipboard in your smartphones. Flipboard is an unlimited news streamer or personal digital magazine. You can use Flipboard to aggregate contents from social media and other various news and photos sharing sites. It was introduced in July 2010.
    Flipboard automatically shows you personalized or tailored stuff as your liking. Flipboard apps are available in windows store in free.
  8. Spotify: If you are music lover than Spotify is the must-have app in the windows 10. Spotify app stream music in your PC or any other windows 10 device. You can search for your favorite music, create playlist and even save the song for offline playing.
    Spotify is available free in the windows store but if you want your favorite music to play without adds you can buy the premium version of Spotify. You can also use Spotify in different devices like a phone, tablet, PC, TVs, and cars. You can transfer from one to another device using Spotify connect. If you are a music artist, you can use Spotify for Artists.
  9. Wunderlist: Wunderlist is the productivity app recently owned by Microsoft. It was introduced by Berlin-based startup in 2013 and was acquired by Microsoft in July 2015. The app is a cloud supported task management application. It allows you to easily manage your list of task from your PC, smartphones and in a tablet.
    It enables you to share your task and collaborate with each other. Your Wunderlist project can be accessed from any of your windows 10 devices.
  10. Fresh Paint: Fresh Paint is the painting apps released by Microsoft with the launch of windows 8 in October 2012. It is very different than other photo apps or painting apps. Oil painting and sketching of pictures look very realistic and eye-catching. Paint your creation and share easily with your friends and family.
  11. Twitter: Windows 10 store comes up with highly improvised social networking apps, Twitter. Apps look similar to that we use in mobile phones and tablets but with many new exciting features for easy sharing your opinion, pictures, videos to your friends families and other people. You can share posts and send messages as called as “tweets”. You can follow the celebrity, friends and follow their activity and also share yours. The improved notification system in windows 10 enhances your experience using this app. Tweets were limited to 140 characters, but now it is increased to 280 except for Chinese, Japanese and Korean language.
  12. Facebook/Facebook messenger: With the addition of messenger apps in windows 10 using Facebook apps in windows 10 has been much easier and exciting. Facebook was founded by Mark Zukerberg and his friends in February 2004. Now no more needed to log in Facebook in a web browser just download Facebook and messenger apps and enjoy one of the best social networking platforms right on your desktop. Messenger apps also support video and voice chatting with enhanced text messaging with hundreds of exciting stickers. Facebook app is used for sharing messages, photos, videos, and other important information.
  13. Netflix: Netflix is one of the most popular apps in the entertainment category. It is the world’s leading subscription apps service for watching movies, TV shows. Netflix offers you unlimited access to TV episodes and movies for a very cheap cost. Netflix has more than 148 million paid members. If you have the same accounts in multiple devices then you can resume watching in one device from where you left in another one.
  14. Network Speed Test: Network Speed Test app is the network’s tool designed by Microsoft Research Team. This app checks your network speed and also calculates the download and upload speed of your internet. You can also compare your internet speed with different internet servers in the world.
  15. Fitbit: Fitbit which was introduced in 2007 is the world’s leading health apps. It is a very effective app for tracking your all-day activity, workouts, sleep, and many more daily activities. The app calculates your steps, the distance you walk, calories burned, sleep time, weight, etc. Fitbit can be very useful apps to sportsperson and people you want to stay fit and healthy.
  16. Kindle: Kindle is a collection of books from around the world. You can even get access to the textbook in this apps. Amazon kindle device is a popular device in digital reading and now amazon comes up with windows 10 apps to give similar services to PCs, smartphones and tablet users. You can buy a book of different writers and get access to it wherever and whenever you want it. Some of the books are also accessible free of cost. Useful apps for reading lovers and students.
  17. Audiobooks from Audible: Audiobooks is similar apps like Kindle but with audio features. It is also the creation of Amazon and contains more than 200 thousand audiobooks available for downloads with very low cost. It might be useful for books lover who doesn’t have enough time to read the book and can listen to the audiobooks anytime, anywhere on the go. You can explore various newly released books through this app.
  18. Khan Academy: Khan Academy which was founded in 2007 is one the most downloaded educational apps in windows 10. This apps consists of a large volume of learning tools and exercise for most of the age group students. The organization release chapters of various subjects in the form of videos to make it more interactive. For students from beginner grade to that of master level, khan academy is a useful app for learning hundreds of courses related to Science, technology, IT, Mathematics with interactive videos and exercise.
  19. TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor is the world’s leading Travel apps. It is a very useful app for traveling lovers. TripAdvisor was introduced in 2000 in the United States. You can check for the lowest airfare, best hotels and restaurants and all the fun things you can experience in the place where you are planning to travel. You can also book flights, hotels, and restaurants with just a few taps. It also contains interactive travel deals. It also provides reviews and photos from millions of travelers.
  20. TuneIn Radio: With over 1 million real radios streaming, Tunein radio is the world’s largest collection of the radio station from all around the world. It was founded in January 2002. TuneIn radio contains all of the best sports, music, news radio, and other many more top podcasts. If you want to listen to a radio station of any other region, using the Tunein radio app is a wise step. You can also record your favorite radio shows for listening in coming time and listen to it when needed.

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