Best Free Windows Apps

 Best Free Internet, Email and Networking for Windows

Best Free Feeds Aggregator or News Reader for Windows

Flipboard (1.5 MB), flip through news and stories around the world, or read and share updates and photos on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, et., all in a magazine layout that's easy and fun to read. You can also build your personal magazine with any topic you like.


Best Free Instant Messaging for Windows

IM+ (1.4 MB), a capable IM app supports for most popular instant messaging services including Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Skype chat, Google Talk, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Jabber and more, with other useful features such as photo sending and group chats.


gMaps (7.14 MB), a useful client app for Google Maps to get directions and find your location on the map with support for turn-by-turn navigation, street and satellite views, local search, voice search, compass and geo location, night mode with auto detect, print route directions and more.


Best Free Network Speed Test for Windows

Network Speed Test (0.1 MB), use this handy app to measure your network delay, download speed and upload speed of your Internet connections, check the information about your current network and past network performance history as well.


Best Free Network Traffic Counter for Windows

Data Usage (436 KB), a convenient tool to keep track of your data usage for the networks you connect, with upload and download statisctics graphs and reports, the data limit and billing period set for each network profile, and a live tile showing the current network connected to and its data usage. Ad-supported but not intrusive.


Best Free Remote Access App for Windows

TeamViewer Touch (9.1 MB), an excellent remote control product that allows you to connect to a PC over the internet and drive it as if you were sitting in front of it. You can also switch to other apps or to your desktop while the remote control session remains open in the background. (Review)


Best Free Social Networking for Windows

Facebook (11.1 MB), share your personal profile, get notified on new posts and comments, upload and share photos, send messages and chat with your friends on Facebook using this official app.


Twitter (2.60 MB), a native Twitter app featuring the Home, Connect, Discover and Me tabs allows you to post a tweet on the go, share and discover real-time stories, pictures, videos, conversations and ideas all around the world. It supports a search function and a snapped view in Windows 8 and Windows RT.


MetroTwit (1.13 MB), post a tweet or discover what's happening right now anywhere in the world using this alternative Twitter client with a clean user interface. You can pin columns and manage views but multiple accounts are limited to the paid-for version.


Foursquare (1.4 MB), find the trending and best places easily around you, save places to your to-do lists, like or dislike places with a tap or click and leave tips for friends or get their comments, insider tips and more about the places. This app even learns your tastes the more you check in.


Best Free Voice Over Internet Protocol for Windows

Skype (10.3 MB), make free Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls, and exchange instant messages with your Skype, Messenger and contacts over the network. With its cleaner user interface, this app even looks better than the desktop version of Skype.


LINE (5.0 MB), a light and popular messenger supports free text messaging, voice and video calls. Features include automatically identify your friends using LINE, send photos, unique stickers and emoticons, create or join group chat rooms.


Best Free Weather Monitoring for Windows

WeatherBug (36.5 MB), monitor the current and forecast weather at your chosen locations around the world, with live tiles providing at-a-glance weather updates, dynamic weather backgrounds, interactive weather maps, pinpoint forecasts, custom notifications, alerts and international language support.


Google Search (2.53 MB), search the Web with this official Google Search app, and get results and suggestions instantly as you type or speak to the microphone with Voice Search. You can also get an instant preview of web pages or access your favorite Google products from within the app.


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"Most folks who use PCs are professionals" Rubbish. I totally agree with the comments of VelvetElvis and speaking personally whilst I used Windows extensively during my business life I probably use it even more now I am retired, certainly in more diverse areas of my interests.
Have used all versions right up to my current Windows 10 Anniversary Update and the current version is light years ahead of those earlier ones. I have never felt the need to go to the Windows Store for anything and have never been prompted by Microsoft to do so.
For many years I purchased commercial versions of necessary extras like security etc but since finding Gizmos years ago all my apps are freeware and meet my needs perfectly for which I an very grateful.
Modern versions do collect more information about us than previously but I use O&O StartUp 10 to simply turn off those inbuilt collection apps and the social media platforms have never interested me.
I am amazed when users stubbornly stick to older, less safe and less efficient versions of Windows for non-economic reasons in denial of the indisputable technological advances.

Send Anywhere doesn't work in Windows 7. Any alternative suggestions?

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:

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?

"Most folks who use PCs are professionals"
Nonsense. That might've been the case 20 years ago, but not today. Now PCs are just another appliance. We no longer have to type archaic codes into a terminal program to get our 300 baud modems to connect. Now grandma can fire up her laptop and talk to her grandkids on the other side of the planet, in real time, all with the very basic of training.
While these apps might not be yours nor my cup of tea, lots of people enjoy them, and can be up and running with them with minimal fuss. They're not intended to be used by business, and thinking otherwise is silly.
"Why can't they make a real operating system anymore?"
"Anymore?" LOL. I used to be a Microsoft hater years ago, and I started with DOS 3.3. The first versions of Windows were a joke, and serious business users were installing OS/2. Today's Windows is for the most part, solid and stable, and ubiquitous, and gets better with each iteration. The Linux revolution simply didn't materialize, and while it's a superb OS, it's never going to overtake Windows overall. I see no "arrogant and stubborn focus" on the Windows Store by MS. It's simply another revenue stream, and it's trivially easy to not see any evidence of it on your desktop. It's certainly not "diluting" my environment.
I don't go to the Windows Store for my development tools - no professional does - but I don't begrudge anyone who finds it useful . Enjoy your PC for what you need it for, but to belittle it is pedantically elitist.

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: 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.