The Windows Store apparently offers countless Windows apps, with titles that promise to entertain you, make you more productive, and help you learn more about the world. But not all apps keep their promises. And some apps offer better value for money than others.
Let’s take a closer look at the best Windows apps currently available in the Windows Store. From apps that will help you edit photos to ones that will let you explore the universe, the following programs represent some of the best options available for your Windows device. Check them:
If you’ve ever wanted to explore the solar system and visit planets to learn more about what’s there, Orrery can help. The $2.49 app lets you search the solar system visually and includes background music to help you relax and see what’s going on.
AIDA64 is a free hardware and software utility that shows you all kinds of critical diagnostic information about your computer and applications. You’ll get an idea of the components running on your device, information about sensors, an overview of your battery and much more.
If you don’t mind spending $10 to save money, Money Tracker Pro might be a good option. The app gives you full control over your cash flow and expense tracking. It integrates with Quicken, MS Money and other personal finance apps. You can also track your stock portfolios through the app.
It may seem obvious, but you should download the official Netflix app instead of using the browser to watch your favorite shows. After logging in through the app, you’ll have full access to the streaming service’s entire content library, plus you can change your resolution settings, enable subtitles and more. It is a complete streaming application.
TouchRetouch has earned its place as one of the most respected photo editors on Windows. While the $1.49 app won’t give you all the bells and whistles you’d expect to find in Photoshop, it will let you edit photos, apply filters, boost color, and more. Moreover. It’s also easy to use and makes photo editing a breeze.
If you’re not so keen on paying for a photo editor, consider PicsArt. It’s not as powerful as TouchRetouch, but the free app will let you beautify your photos before sharing them with friends and family. You can create collages through the app, draw on your photos and more.
On iOS, Android, and PC, Gaiam has built an entire app empire, and Yoga Studio is one of the best. The $3.99 app provides access to educational content on how to perform every latest yoga maneuver. It’s designed for everyone, so even if you’re a beginner, Yoga Studio can work for you.
Video Editor Master is a video maker and editor app that lets you quickly create slideshows set to music. You can also create different effects to improve the appearance of the final version. Video Editor Master is a simple app, so it doesn’t match Adobe Premier, but the free plan offers a quick way to create personal videos.
Star Walk 2 is another app you can use to learn more about stars. The $2.99 app helps you find the exact location of over 200,000 stars, planets, constellations and satellites in the night sky; it will even tell you where the International Space Station is.
Sometimes coloring can be a good way to relieve some stress. Consider downloading the Abstract Coloring Book, a program that allows you to color a variety of images with any hue you choose. The app has both fancy images for adults and simpler options for kids, so the whole family can try it out.
YouTube works well in the browser, but if you’re a serious fan of the streaming video service and want something a little nicer, consider myTube, which gives you access to YouTube in a polished interface that makes finding content a bit easier. You can also read comments, view channels, and do just about anything you’d do while surfing YouTube on your browser.
If you have a bunch of images and want to create a collage for yourself or someone else, Pic Collage is up to the task. The app collects all your photos and lets you arrange them on the background of your choice. You can then share your collages on social media or print them to put on your wall. App developer Cardinal Blue Software also recently added seasonal stickers, so you can relive memories around different holidays.
Recipe Keeper Pro is one of the handiest apps you’ll come across in the Windows Store, especially if you’re a cooking fanatic. Although it’s a recipe organizer that keeps all your favorite meal secrets in one place, the app also has a shopping list feature and a meal planner to help you figure out what you want for dinner each night. Even better, you can download Recipe Keeper Pro for $4.99 on your devices and sync all your content.
TeamViewer has long been one of the most popular remote control apps, largely due to its exceptional design. With TeamViewer you can remotely access and control any computer for which you have a username and password. You can also share files between your local machine and a remote machine, chat and much more.
RSS readers have been lost in recent years, but you can still find good ones if you look hard enough. Try Nextgen Reader, an application that allows you to choose the publications you want and access the selected content at your leisure. The $2.99 app also comes with a nice design that makes it a bit easier to read the content.
In a world where it is becoming more and more difficult to remain anonymous, Telegram Desktop tries to provide a little more security. The app is a complete messaging tool, allowing you to send text, photos, videos, and files to other people. But here’s the kicker: anything shared through Telegram Desktop is secured with a combination of 256-bit AES and 2048-bit RSA encryption, as well as Diffie-Hellman secure key exchange.
StaffPad isn’t one of the most popular apps included in this roundup, but it’s outstanding nonetheless. The app is a music notation program that lets you write music digitally on the screen. It then takes those notations and converts them into a composite score that you can edit, play, and share with others. It’s a bit pricey, at $70, but if you’re looking for a way to create a really great musical score, StaffPad will help you do it.
Weather apps are in spades, but MyRadar still stands out from the crowd. The app removes all auxiliary information, simply giving you an overview of where the bad weather is and when it comes. The app automatically finds your location and gives you up-to-date radar so you can see what’s brewing around you. Plus, MyRadar simply looks good while putting the information you care about front and center.
Whether you are a novice or professional photographer, KVADPhoto+ Pro is worth a look. The $4.99 app provides simple and sophisticated image processing tools and lets you apply a host of filters, effects, frames, and other features to your photos. You can also edit the images to make them look a bit better before publishing.
Wunderlist is easily one of the best to-do and to-do list apps out there, and it delivers a great experience on Windows. The app lets you create tasks for home and work and share them with your friends and family. You can even collaborate on tasks in real time, and all your to-do lists can be synced across your devices.
Anyone looking for a digital place to store their deepest thoughts will be happy to stumble upon Diarium. The app is a personal diary or daily diary that lets you share your thoughts. Diarium also includes rich multimedia support, so you can attach images and audio to your memories; it will also notify you when you haven’t written anything lately.
It may be a Microsoft application, but Windows Defender Hub is still a very useful security tool. The app offers access to Windows Defender, of course, but it also gives you handy security tips and the latest security headlines, so you can see if you’re at risk of getting a nasty bug. Knowledge is key to protecting yourself, and Windows Defender Hub can help you do that.
WolframAlpha is one of the best ways to learn about the world and get sophisticated queries answered. Type complex math equations into the service, for example, and it will spit out an answer. WolframAlpha will also give you physics and weather information, and provide more context to the information than you would find in a service like Google. Even better, he learns new things all the time.
Slack has quickly become one of the most popular office productivity tools. The service gives teams the ability to collaborate around different topics organized into channels. Slack includes support for sharing files, photos, and videos, and offers direct messaging for private conversations. All this information is synchronized between applications.
If you need a little help organizing and renaming all your entertainment content, you can turn to FileBot. The $19.99 app contains all of your movies, TV shows, anime, and music, and compares them to TheMovieDB and TheTVDB to assign names. From here, you can edit those titles, organize them, and more. It is also a nice complementary utility for media players like Plex or Kodi.