Best Free Windows Store Apps

Introduction

Best Free Windows 8 AppsWindows 8 is a watershed that brings great changes to Windows apps.

Prior to Windows 8, the programs ran in a window frame with control buttons such as minimize, maximize and close, but now the apps run in full screen with no window frame at all. The former are called desktop or legacy software and the latter are Windows Store apps, sometimes also known as Metro, Modern UI or full-screen apps.

Before this development, you obtained your desktop software from developers. Now however, you can download and install Windows Store apps directly from the Windows Store, just like the way you do with iOS and Android apps from Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store respectively.

The Windows Store was made available to users much later than the stores for iOS and Android apps. It's relatively new but a bevy of Windows Store apps have been trickling in. We have spent days and months sifting through the Windows Store and hand-selected the best free apps for your Windows 8 or RT devices in one convenient list.

Are there still some gems not included? Why not tell us what you've discovered in the Comments section below. Remember we are only interested in free apps.

Quick Access to the Windows Store: Tap or click the app titles on this list in a compatible browser for Windows 8 or RT, then tap or click "View in Windows Store" to install the apps.

This list covers Windows Store apps available from the Windows Store. If you're looking for desktop or legacy programs, check out Best Free Windows Desktop Software.

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Summary

This list of best free Windows Store apps now includes 80 applications in 59 categories. To read brief descriptions of the applications, click a page number from the Page Index or check out the new and recently updated apps below.

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Comments

by fluttrz on 16. March 2014 - 0:08  (115043)

NETWORK SPEED TEST from the Best Free Windows Apps sheet that it worked.
BUT when i first clicked it's "start" button to test my network speed i got an error msgs, I tried again and got the same thing so i uninstalled it BUT since I wanted to be completely sure before posting this review I re-installed it and when i clicked the "start" button this time it worked flawlessly.
Not only was it quick, but it told me what my upload, download speed was it also told me the network delay. On the the test wheel it's self it provided me with addition information of 0 - 3 had increments: email...stream music...voice calls...up to for me anyway stream high quality video.
I will be keeping this little handy app! (I think for those who play games like WoW and the like it might come in handy)
Hope this review is helpful.

by v.laurie on 15. November 2013 - 19:23  (112250)

If you happen to have a 3-D printer, Windows 8.1 now has an app for that:
http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/3d-builder/75f3f766-13b3-45e...

by mangocheesecake on 25. August 2013 - 0:38  (110310)

You might want to check out this FlashQuiz app in Windows Store.
http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/flashquiz/a2b4e693-9282-475b...

by v.laurie on 24. July 2013 - 16:06  (109567)

Take a look at Microsoft Research Video Library app: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/microsoft-research-video-lib...

by v.laurie on 3. June 2013 - 12:58  (108238)

Adobe Photoshop Express Free is now available at the Microsoft store.

by Jojo Yee on 3. June 2013 - 14:21  (108239)

Thanks Vic. It's now added to the list.

by gzmhanu on 12. May 2013 - 2:41  (107682)

I recently found an app on the Apple App Store that my friend has on his iPhone.
Its an addicting game called "Whale Trail", and I couldn't find it in the Windows Marketplace. I'm not sure its possible, but if it were, then I would love to see this app on the Marketplace.

Please check it out.

by Jojo Yee on 12. May 2013 - 4:31  (107684)

@gzmhanu, Whale Trail is developed by ustwo and available for Android and iOS, but not for Windows yet.

by v.laurie on 23. January 2013 - 20:14  (104758)

Stanford University has an app that allows you to watch video lectures. Go to the Windows store and look for Stanford University

by Jojo Yee on 24. January 2013 - 1:48  (104762)

Thanks Vic for the suggestion. Will check it out.

Update: Stanford University added to the list.

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