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.
Best Free Navigation for Windows 8 or RT
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 Outlook.com 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.
Best Free Web Search for Windows 8 or RT
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.