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This list of Best Free Windows Apps now includes 91 apps in various categories. To help you get the best of free Windows apps from the Windows Store, we have selected some gems in each category and added them to the list with clear and brief descriptions of each app.

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

 

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Photo Fast Viewer isn't free.

Thanks for your feedback deya. It's now replaced with "123 Image Viewer HD".

I've been using 123 Image Viewer for a while now. It's good but I find it a bit buggy, although I notice it's getting updated so I'll stick with it. I've also been using Penteract Picture Viewer which is also quite good but the same applies, it's a bit buggy and could do with an update. But out of those two I prefer Penteract for my needs.

My requirements for an image viewer on one Windows 10 device are simple. I just need to view images stored locally on my 2 in 1 laptop, preferably by using touch, pinch zoom etc. Nothing fancy as regards editing and so on. I can use the Windows Photo app for that.

So I've looked around the Store, read the reviews, tried a few. The one app that I've found, so far, that suits my needs best is Photo Moto. It's a simple image viewer for your locally stored images, no more. But it works the best with touch out of the three I've mentioned. It's very responsive, navigation, zoom etc.

I just needed an image viewer (free) that allows me to quickly load images and zoom in to see them in more detail - mainly for work. Photo Moto is proving to be excellent for that.

Just a bit of an update from my previous post ....... and thanks for the apps lists :-)

Penteract Picture Viewer has been updated since. For touch, use the bottom of the screen - swipe to navigate, and pinch to exit fullscreen.

Noticed Penteract got updated. It's a good image viewer - and also, the zoom function is better than Photo Moto.

123 Image Viewer's zoom function works in a kind of mirror image way, ie, you have to move your finger in the opposite direction on the screen to where you want the image to go. Odd.

Format Converter X is not free.

Thanks for input Richie D. It has now been delisted.

It looks like the app Metro Commander is not available. There is another version with in app purchases at the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/metro-commander/9wzdncrdsgkh

You're on the spot boygnius. The original version is now marked "old" in the store and the new version added to the list.

Garbage. Most folks who use PCs are professionals who use them to do real work via spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation tools. That's just for starters. Then there are the heavy-duty applications for photo, audio, and video editing. Don't forget engineering design, modeling, analysis and simulation. Oh, wait, we omitted publishing, accounting/tax-preparation, and project planning. There are other vertical-market applications too numerous to list: a single such example involves the medical field: diagnostic tools, equipment-control, record-keeping, insurance case analysis, and many others. We don't have the space to get into software-development tools. I could go on and on and on.

Get the idea? These garbage "apps" from the Windows "store" are useless, and Microsoft's arrogant and stubborn focus on them dilutes the operating system that the Windows environment once promised professional people. They have no place on workstations, desktop systems and professional-grade laptops.

Really, what the hell *is* Microsoft's strategy nowadays? Why can't they make a real operating system anymore?

Appreciate your hard work Jojo. Looking through these selections will keep me busy for awhile. I'll be checking for the Android versions for some of them to use on my phone and using the Windows version on my Desktop.

Can anyone tell me if there's a app available for missed call reminders for the windows 8 Nokia 520 phone. Not the written reminder that comes up on screen... a real audible reminder that beeps every 5 minutes or so until acknowledged.

I've been looking for weeks now with no success.... and no, my phone isn't rooted and I don't care to go that way whilst its only 6 months into the 2 year warranty.

As far as I know this app is not available for Windows Phone. Forums I have checked all bemoan its absence. if anybody does know of a fix I am seriously interested@

Thanks for this valuable information. I will check it out

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.

Adobe Photoshop Express Free is now available at the Microsoft store.
Thanks Vic. It's now added to the list.

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.

@gzmhanu, Whale Trail is developed by ustwo and available for Android and iOS, but not for Windows yet.
Stanford University has an app that allows you to watch video lectures. Go to the Windows store and look for Stanford University
Thanks Vic for the suggestion. Will check it out. Update: Stanford University added to the list.