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Best Free Disk, File, Desktop and System Utilities for Windows 8 or RT

Best Free File Manager for Windows 8 or RT

File Brick (1.93 MB), browse and manage folders and files in your local drives as well as the cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and SkyDrive easily, quick access to Music, Video and Photo folders, or add a shortcut of your own. Ads supported and some advanced features are locked in the free version.


Metro Commander (6.65 MB), a sleek, dual-pane Modern UI file explorer allows you to browse and work with your local files side by side with your files on the SkyDrive too. Most common file operations are supported, such as create, open, view, rename, copy, move, delete or search files and folders.


Best Free Online Backup for Windows 8 or RT

Dropbox (112 KB), an official Dropbox app designed for Windows 8 allows you to browse and preview all your files, pictures and watch videos on your cloud storage account, open, edit and save files from other Windows 8 apps, and easily find or share files via the Charm Bar.


Best Free Wallpaper for Windows 8 or RT

Backgrounds Wallpapers HD (2.17 MB), search and save wallpapers from more than 30 categories, preview and set as your lockscreen wallpaper or account picture, schedule tasks for lockscreen and even create a slide show of your selected wallpapers with an optional filter.

Best Free Games for Windows 8 or RT

Best Free Action Game for Windows 8 or RT

Pirates Love Daisies (14.3 MB), place strategically your crew members with their own strengths on a map and prevent waves of creeps from stealing away the precious daisies in your possessions. Multiple maps and game modes are available, easy to play and yet addictive.


SoulCraft (93.5 MB), play as an angel and fight against evil demons for victory in this action role playing game (RPG) supporting touch devices, gamepad controls, keyboard and mouse. Ads supported while some features require in-app purchases.


SushiChop (22.8 MB), swipe the screen with your finger or mouse to slice the fresh fish, fill the tray and earn scores before the timer runs out in this fast action game. This app comes with multiple game modes, supported with ads and a fast track via in-app purchases.


Best Free Backgammon for Windows 8 or RT

Backgammon Pro (21.9 MB), compete to get all your 15 pieces off the board before your opponent does. Features include four difficulty levels, 1 or 2 player mode, multiple graphic options, animated speed, game rating and auto save. Ad-supported in the free version.


Best Free Card Game for Windows 8 or RT

Solitaire HD (22.1 MB), play the classic patience game of Solitaire, or Klondike, with superb graphics, animations and sounds. Features include multiple board and card designs, three scoring modes, drawing mode, solvable or random games, hints and undo moves, save and restore games in progress.


Hearts Deluxe (2.54 MB), embrace the Queen and shoot the moon by winning all 13 Hearts and the Queen of Spades in this well-designed Hearts game with sound and animation effects, two difficulty levels, plus Omnibus and Hooligans variants besides the standard mode.


Best Free Chess for Windows 8 or RT

Chess4All (3.6 MB), play chess against a computer in multiple levels, face to face with your friend, or play online via FICS or ICC servers. You can also learn chess with interactive tutorials, observe games, solve puzzles, save played games or download PGN files for review.


Best Free Chinese Chess for Windows 8 or RT

Chinese Chess Online (5.5 MB), play Chinese Chess against a strong machine AI engine in multiple levels of difficulty with an option for an editable board, play online with players all over the world using Elo rating system or observe their games. Endgames are also available for you to solve puzzles and hone your skills.


Best Free Jigsaw Puzzle and Creator for Windows 8 or RT

PuzzleTouch (8.03 MB), solve jigsaw puzzles with four levels of difficulty from static 12 pieces to rotational 35 pieces cut in unique shapes. This app comes with a timer, supports for multi-touch and mouse, allows for creating and saving your own puzzles right away from your photo album or camera.


Best Free Mahjong for Windows 8 or RT

Microsoft Mahjong (119 MB), enjoy this classic Mahjong solitaire by matching identical pairs that are exposed and free to move left or right. Features include four different themes with relaxing sounds, four difficulty settings, reshuffle, hint, undo, daily challenges and Xbox integration.


Best Free Match-2 Puzzle for Windows 8 or RT

Flow Free (801 KB), connect two dots in the same color with a pipe to form a flow, and complete a level by filling up the entire board with pipes without crossing or overlapping. Simple yet addictive, with different board sizes and multiple levels available in a free-play mode.


Best Free Match-3 Puzzle for Windows 8 or RT

Bubble Star (12.6 MB), match three bubbles of the same color to pop them, and win by removing all bubbles from fixed and rotational boards. Have hours of fun playing through all level packs using powerful bonus bubbles, easy to play, addictive and great for all ages.


Best Free Physics and Chemistry Game for Windows 8 or RT

Cut The Rope (51.6 MB), cut the ropes by swiping across them and feed candy to the creature Om Nom. It's not always simple as you might have to think outside the box in this game which combines realistic physics with precise controls and challenging levels.


Where's My Water? 2 (87.5 MB), dig trenches through the dirt and guide water through the pipes to the bathtub for Swampy to get squeaky clean in this popular physics-based Disney game that's fun, strong and engaging with multi levels in various chapters, suitable for all ages.


Shuriken Ninja (13.4 MB), ricochet ninja stars off the walls to hit targets in this physics based game like Angry Birds and Cut The Rope, complete with multiple game modes, hundreds of levels and even a level creator for free. Easy to play and yet addictive.


Best Free Pinball for Windows 8 or RT

Pinball FX2 (126 MB), beat your high scores by manipulating metal balls on a pinball table designed with a new state-of-the-art physics model, 3D graphic, music and sound effects, a local multiplayer mode, custom settings and more. The Mars table is free but others are chargeable.


Best Free Racing Game for Windows 8 or RT

3D Boat Race (10.8 MB), enjoy this boat racing game in three game modes including training, amateur and expert, with realistic 3D physics and smooth rendering, optional color painting, and input control methods for keyboard, mouse, touch and device tilting. Ad-supported.


Best Free Reversi for Windows 8 or RT

reVersi Free (1.52 MB), play reversi against the computer or your friend in a clean and user friendly interface with a brand new graphics design, sound and animation effects. Hints and undo moves are supported, but no difficulty levels could be set when tested.


Best Free Running Game for Windows 8 or RT

Jetpack Joyride (39.1 MB), guide Barry to run around a secret lab as far as possible and to avoid obstacles such as lasers, electrified zappers and incoming missiles, while get him to pick up vehicles to drive along the path faster and collect coins to upgrade. One-touch controls, easy to play and yet equally challenging.


Best Free Simulation Game for Windows 8 or RT

My Country (75.8 MB), build your own city to increase population, develop industries and transportation infrastructure, hire employees, eliminate ecological threats and control energy use with your own creativity. An addictive city-building simulation game to engage you for days and months.


Best Free Sliding Puzzle for Windows 8 or RT

Blocked In (3.41 MB), clear the way by sliding vertical blocks up and down or horizontal blocks left and right, and move the red block out of the board from the opening on the right. A highly addictive game challenges your skill and patience, with many levels of puzzles to solve.


Best Free Sudoku for Windows 8 or RT

Sudoku Free (4.8 MB), keep your brain sharp or pass your free time by playing this remarkable Sudoku puzzles randomly generated and designed in an intuitive Metro-style interface, with four difficulty levels, undo/redo, pencil notes, validations, hints, solver, timer, statistics, auto save and resume games.


Best Free Word Game for Windows 8 or RT

Wordfeud (869 KB), play up to 30 separate word games simultaneously with your friends or against random opponents at your own pace using English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish dictionaries, with shuffle, swap, scoring tiles, chats and other features. Ads supported.


4 Pics 1 Word (83.2 MB), find a common word that is applicable to the four pictures shown in this easy-to-play addictive puzzle game, with more than 350 words to solve. Earn extra coins to get a hint as you play but a fast track requires in-app purchases.


Word Twist (4.3 MB), find all the words between 3 and 6 letters that can be made from the 6 letters given in each round of this game, offering three difficulty levels in four game modes and showing high scores and achievements. Don't know a word in the answer list? Tap it to get a definition.

Best Free Home and Office for Windows 8 or RT

Best Free Calculator for Windows 8 or RT

Calculator X8 (345 KB), an excellent and easy-to-use basic and scientific calculator switching between the two modes by rotating the screen, supporting multiple themes, a snapped window, touch and keyboard inputs, radian and degree calculations.


Best Free Comic Book Reader for Windows 8 or RT

Comix (1.21 MB), read comic books archived in CBZ, CBR, ZIP and RAR formats in your library or directly from the ComixPub collection which includes the Digital Comic Museum with over 10,000 books copyright free. Supported features include various viewing modes, pinch and zoom, and share individual pages using the Share Charm.


Best Free Cooking Tools for Windows 8 or RT

Allrecipes (9.09 MB), get fresh recipe ideas from a collection of over 40,000 recipes with details including photos, ingredients, directions, nutrition info, reviews and rating. You can also adjust servings, filter your search results by ingredients and dietary preference, save and share recipes easily.


Epicurious (3.97 MB), search more than 30,000 delicious recipes from Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Self, renowned chefs and cookbooks, save or email your favorite recipes, and get access to authoritative recipe reviews from Epicurious members. A must-have tool for kitchen lovers.


Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus for Windows 8 or RT

Advanced English Dictionary (7.65 MB), a comprehensive English dictionary comes with more than 200,000 entries with definition data stored locally for offline access but US and UK audio pronunciations are available online only. Most entries include sample sentences, hypernym, hyponym, synonym and/or antonym in a clean layout.


Best Free E-Book Reader for Windows 8 or RT

Freda (2.99 MB), a remarkable app for reading ebooks in DRM-free ePub, FB2, HTML and txt formats, with bookmarks, annotations, customizable text, layout and controls. You can also access to online book catalogs including Feedbooks, Smashwords, Gutenberg, Manybooks, Ebooksgratuits, Flibusta and more.


Best Free Encyclopedia for Windows 8 or RT

Wikipedia (723 KB), search for useful information from millions of articles written collaboratively by volunteers around the world with this official app optimized for Windows 8, with featured pictures and articles, and events on this day. You can pinch and stretch to zoom in and out of indexes, and share articles via the Charm bar.


Best Free Notepad or Notebook for Windows 8 or RT

Evernote (7.18 MB), take notes and ideas with your Windows 8 device, and sync them instantly to your smartphone or the Web. Evernote clearly shows your notes as tiles in a full-screen interface and indexes all your text and tags so that you can easily search and share a note. Note authoring and editing are limited to simple text at this moment.


OneNote (15.6 MB), keep notes easily into notebooks, sections, pages or subpages with search and share features, insert or edit text and images everywhere on a page using a radial menu, and sync your notes automatically to the cloud for access via OneNote Web App. Some advanced features such as screen clipping, inserting audio and videos were unavailable when reviewed.


Best Free PDF Reader for Windows 8 or RT

Adobe Reader Touch (3.41 MB), a good alternative to the default Reader app for viewing and interacting PDF documents across platforms and devices using this official Adobe Reader app specially designed for the touch user interface in Windows 8, with bookmarks highlighted in the content plus other standard features.


Best Free Reminder / To-do List for Windows 8 or RT

To-Do Prime (1.04 MB), keep track of everything you need to do with this handy app that alerts you on set reminders, with other useful features such as organize todo's into categories, assign actions, repeat tasks, prioritize, add notes and tags for searching, backup and restore from SkyDrive.


Best Free Timer and Alarm Clock for Windows 8 or RT

Jujuba Software Clock (10.9 MB), a handy clock app with a timer and a stopwatch that keep ticking even when the app is moved to the background. It also comes with an alarm clock configurable with color codes and sounds, working only when your device is not set to sleep or shut down.


Best Free Unit and Currency Converter for Windows 8 or RT

Basho Unit Converter (2.08 MB), converts a wide range of units for common measurements such as length, area, volume, weight, temperature, pressure, speed, angle and more, with last used conversions history and useful snapped mode in a clean user interface. No support for currency conversions.


XE Currency (425 KB), easily convert every world currency with live rates updated every minute, calculate prices, monitor up to 10 favorite currencies, pin your favorite currency to a live tile, and store the last updated rates for use when offline.

Best Free Image Tools for Windows 8 or RT

Best Free Digital Image Editor for Windows 8 or RT

Fhotoroom (5.44 MB), A Community Award-winning photo app allows you to do basic edits such as rotate, crop, resize, auto fit, fine-tune colors, adjust saturation, exposure and softness, apply light leaks and styles with adjustable strength, and add frames to your photos. Some advanced features are limited to the Pro version.


Adobe Photoshop Express (8.38 MB), Edit your photos easily with cropping, rotation, flipping and straightening, one-tap corrections to adjust contrast, exposure and white balance via easy-to-use sliders, complete with other tools including red eye removal, auto fix, saving and sharing, but some advanced features, such as Noise Reduction Pack, require a purchase.


Ashampoo ImageFX (1.08 MB), Load a file or take a picture from your device camera for editing, quick and easy. With this app, you can do basic edits such as flip, crop, adjust brightness and contrast, apply special filters and color effects to a certain degree, then save and share your results with friends and relatives.


PhotoFunia (777 KB), Enjoy your fun-filled experience by adding cool effects to your photos easily—select a scene from more than 300 choices such as billboards, galleries, frames, magazines, posters or vintage from the app, then pick a picture from your camera roll to merge with the effect, save the result to your device or share it via the Share charm.


Best Free Digital Image Viewer for Windows 8 or RT

Photo Fast Viewer (84 KB), Browse photos in a folder or any storage device such as SD card without the need to import into picture library. Other features include thumbnail view, flip view, photo sidebar and photo zoom, but no slideshow is supported.


Best Free Paint Program for Windows 8 or RT

Fresh Paint (67.9 MB), Experience realistic oil paint on various types of canvas and paper with a range of tools such as brushes, crayons, a blender, a pencil and an eraser provided in this app. You can also easily turn your photos into paintings, save your masterpiece in png format and share it with your friends and family.


Best Free Photo Collage for Windows 8 or RT

Fotor (40.8 MB), A powerful app allows you to collage photos easily—pick a few photos, resize, rotate, select a template and background, and save and share your masterpiece. This app also comes with useful photo editing tools such as basic edits, 1-tap enhancement, adding text, effects and borders, plus tilt-shift.

Best Free Internet, Email and Networking for Windows 8 or RT

Best Free Feeds Aggregator or News Reader for Windows 8 or RT

News Bento (1.82 MB), slide to view tiles of news feeds that you've subscribed to, in a fluid user interface similar to your Start Screen. It's easy to configure, search and add the RSS feeds you like, as well as reading items from the integrated Google Reader.


Best Free Instant Messaging for Windows 8 or RT

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 8 or RT

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 8 or RT

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 8 or RT

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 8 or RT

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 8 or RT

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 8 or RT

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.

Best Free Multimedia for Windows 8 or RT

Best Free Audio-Video Conversion App for Windows 8 or RT

Format Converter X (705 KB), convert your audio and video files from one format to another easily in a few steps with this app designed with a clean user interface. Currently supported output formats include MP4, MP3, WMV, WMA and AAC, and various source formats such as MP4, MP3, WMV, WMA, AAC, AVI, MPG, MPEG, MOV, WAV, M4V, M4A, AC3 and PCM.


Best Free Computer Piano for Windows 8 or RT

Piano8 (10.5 MB), an acoustic piano app with a full-sized keyboard split into three octaves, with a metronome settable in beats per minute and optional display notation, European notation and keyboard support, good for learning and play, but lacking other features such as record and playback.


Best Free Lyrics Player for Windows 8 or RT

musiXmatch Lyrics (914 KB), browse the top viewed lyrics by country, find lyrics of your music while you play it from within the app, or identify music through the microphone with the Music ID from a rich database of over 6 million lyrics in 18 languages.


Best Free Media Player for Windows 8 or RT

Multimedia 8 (134 KB), easy to browse and play media from your libraries and media servers; create, manage and shuffle playlists, with added features such as convert and trim your videos and music files, play to your DLNA TV or from compatible devices.


PressPlay Video (666 KB), a good alternative to the default Video app for playing your local videos including MKV and FLV files, with advanced touch, mouse and keyboard controls, and an integrated explorer to browse media files in your libraries, external storage and media servers.


Best Free Music Creation App for Windows 8 or RT

Music Maker Jam (84.4 MB), create your own music by combining the song parts and instruments, adjust the key and the tempo, add some spectacular effects in real-time, then save and share your project, or even record your mixes in MP3 format for playback. Pre-made Dubstep, Tech House, Jazz and Rock loops are available for free.


Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Windows 8 or RT

MediaMonkey (10.2 MB), navigate and manage large music collections by artist, album, genre and playlist with this popular app supporting common file formats such as mp3, m4a, ogg, flac and wma. Other features include built-in equalizer, tag editor, access via UPnP/DLNA but Wi-Fi syncing with the desktop version requires an in-app purchase.


Best Free Music Recognition App for Windows 8 or RT

Shazam (1.75 MB), what's that song? Tap the Shazam button and hold your device up to the music or TV to identify a track, read its album reviews and artist biographies, watch music videos or concerts from YouTube, or share tags with your friends. It's pretty fast and intuitive.


Piano Time (4.0 MB), a multi-touch piano comprised of 36 visible keys and 4 selectable octaves, supports touch, keyboard and mouse inputs, a configurable metronome, record and playback unlimited songs, but sharing recordings as MP3s requires an in-app purchase.


Best Free Radio Broadcasting for Windows 8 or RT

TuneIn Radio (5.59 MB), listen to local or worldwide ratio station streams on the web, find an extensive selection of local radio, music, sports, news and podcasts from over 60,000 stations, and set your favorite channels at ease.


Best Free Video Downloader for Windows 8 or RT

YouTube Downloader - TubeSave (611 KB), search and download your favorite videos from YouTube and save them for playback on your device using Video app. You can also choose to download and convert YouTube videos into MP3 and edit track title, artist and album tags for playback in Music app.


Best Free Video Sharing for Windows 8 or RT

PrimeTube (2.3 MB), a handy app to search and watch YouTube videos with an in-app video player configurable for LQ, HQ or HD videos, manage subscriptions, favorites and playlists, record and upload videos to YouTube, and save videos for offline viewing.

Best Free Personal Development for Windows 8 or RT

Best Free Articles and Answers for Windows 8 or RT

HowStuffWorks (46.2 MB), instant access to more than 40,000 articles, with video and illustrations to clearly explain how things work. You can select Most Popular, Channels, Stuff and Shows, or type your own question to search and share the answers which are made simple and easy to understand.


Best Free Talks and Lectures for Windows 8 or RT

Khan Academy (1.15 MB), watch, practice and learn almost anything from over 3,800 videos covering a massive number of topics such as math, science, finance and economics, humanities and more. You can download videos to watch offline at your own pace and play them on your TV using a PlayTo enabled device on a local network.


Stanford University (3.88 MB), watch cutting-edge webinars, seminars and lectures at your fingertips using this free app with featured talks and selected topics including computer science and security, innovation, project management, engineering and technology, leadership and risk management.

Best Free Security and Privacy for Windows 8 or RT

Best Free Antivirus Software for Windows 8 or RT

Norton Satellite (2.31 MB), add another layer of protection to your Windows 8 as you can scan your Facebook and Twitter feed for malicious links and identify unsafe files stored in your Dropbox account. You can also scan files and folders on your PC and external storage using this app except for Windows RT.


Best Free Password Manager for Windows 8 or RT

LastPass (1.84 MB), store your login usernames and passwords securely in a searchable vault, launch sites from your vault to autofill them without the need to retype in a built-in browser, and sync your data to the cloud for access on other devices.


MetroPass Free (571 KB), store and keep track of your usernames and passwords in a safe and encrypted database. This app works with your existing KeePass 2.x database file and lets you auto lock database after inactivity and clear clipboard after copying.