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.