25 Best Windows 8 Apps

Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptop Mag and Tom's Guide, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
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  1. James Says:

    Why is it titled “Top 20 Windows 8 Apps” when there are actually 25 apps listed?

    Proofread, much?

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  3. Henric Says:

    And then why is the link to the article http://blog.laptopmag.com/top-10-windows-8-apps ;)

  4. james is an idiot Says:

    james is an idiot

  5. Phil T Says:

    There are a lot missing (Flixer, Weather, CNN, Metrotube, etc) but it did introduce me to the Wikipedia app that I didn’t know existed.

  6. Roger Delat Says:

    Windows 8 = Epic Fail

  7. Bill Gates Says:

    I didn’t know we had that may apps for the surface already…..WOW!

  8. Flybear Says:

    Thanks for sharing. Personally, as a movie fan, I will introduce my enolsoft video converter for Windows 8, which helps me a lot on video converting between various video formats.

  9. davindersangha Says:

    Hardly any of the main ones such as News Rep and Vimeo seem to be available in the UK RT store.

  10. Jazz Says:

    the Ball STrike app is not on the US store?? I couldn’t find it anywhere!

  11. Joseph Says:

    >There is nothing worse than having 10 different chat windows from all your different chat accounts open — what is
    >this, 1999?

    That’s not functionally different from having your chat in one giant full-screen unalterable window – what is this, 1985 (Windows 1.0)?

  12. Peter Says:

    Some apps worth trying –
    XE Currency
    TuneIn Radio
    Bing Finance

  13. david Says:

    Some apps worth trying –

    checkers 2d

    soccer 2d

  14. YanFlex Says:

    These are all great app. Please also consider adding our Craigslist app to it.

    Craigslist+ on Windows 8

  15. Saurabh Says:

    Really Awesome List.. Thanks For Sharing :-)

  16. Lavneet Sharma Says:

    The popularity of Windows 8 comes from the factor of app building techniques.
    By the way, great compiled list of all Windows 8 apps. Thanks for the information. :)

  17. Sean Says:

    How much were you paid to write the first sentence?

  18. Anders Says:

    Every time I pressed a picture for the apps I got a popup asking me to join a subscription list.

    It was interesting to see and read you list, but there are other good sites on the internet with equally good articles without that annoying popup… I will most likely read on those sites instead of this site.

    Perhaps another google search in the future will take me to this site and hopefully I will forgot about this and hopefully I can read the actual article without frustration, and by doing so I might be more interested in this site.

    Just my 2c.

  19. MikadoWu Says:

    Dropbox, REALLY???? Everyone Person I know uses the SkyDrive App. More Features and better integration then Dropbox.

    Ok, now seriousness….Over all the years I have read Tech blog, This is probably the best list I have seen. I have 16 of these on my machine….. NO ANGRY BIRDS THOUGH…. NEVER….

  20. sid Says:

    I use most of them except Drop box. I’m using skydrive instead. Lemme install this and feel the change.

  21. TS Says:

    Best app for Windows 8. Ubuntu.

  22. xcrui8te Says:

    Didlr…didlr…it’s the awesomest!

  23. Kit Says:

    Are some of these region-locked for some bizarre reason? I’m in Australia and I can’t find quite a few of them in the Windows Store, including Slacker Radio and LivingSocial. Clicking on their links from apps.microsoft.com just redirects to the main Store page.

  24. Toni Says:

    Is there an app that I can use on Windows 8 which is a calendar for firefighters who use the red (A), blue (B), green (C) shift schedule. This would be terrific. Most departments use the same shift calendar so it would be used nationwide.

  25. tom Says:

    Best cloud app is Rainbow Drive. It integrates both Dropbox and Skydrive apps in one app, and with more options.

  26. Fernando Says:

    If you want to travel, MyTrip can help you planning your trip.


  27. Mujtaba93 Says:

    I am using almost all of them, except IM, will try out this also :)

  28. Zanthra Says:

    It might be a really simple App, but the Remote Desktop Metro app is actually really cool. Since it acts pretty much exactly like the standard desktop, when working with multiple machines, just click the upper left of the screen to switch between the Desktop of your main machine, and the Desktop of your Remote Machine.

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  32. William Hughes Says:

    I found this app virtually unusable and not very helpful. Sometimes its because there is no good replacement app on windows 8, other times its recommends older apps or unrelated apps.

  33. Theresa Protenic Says:

    Question: I just purchased Windows 8.1 and I am trying to locate two items, Windows Word and Windows Spreadsheets. How do I find these or do I have to download or purchase these programs? Please Advise

  34. ravellar Says:

    magic Zlate 11 from intel’s N3530 is just launched

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  36. Dino Says:

    How about an app that introduces the author Mark Spoonauer to that concept of a LIST FORMAT. @Mark Spoonauer you think I’m goino click through these ONE AT A TIME? Fool.

  37. Rahul Says:

    Hey Mark !

    Seems a great list. I personally have checked few of them. Let me check them all.

    Thanks for sharing man !

  38. Ankit Says:

    How to download “Start8″ app

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