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Great Apps for Windows 8.1

A list of great apps for Windows 8.1 devices. Some are obvious, some are lesser known.

outcoldplayer app for Windows in the Windows Store

Google Play Music allows you to keep up to 20,000 of your favorite songs in the cloud. outcoldplayer (former gMusicW) is an unofficial Windows 8 client for Google Play Music. Main features are: playing music in background, playlists management, 5 starts rating system for songs, Scrobbling (enable it in application settings, "accounts" page), offline listening.

Tweetium app for Windows in the Windows Store

Tweetium is a phenomenal Twitter client, built beautifully as a universal app for both Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone. It uses a card-style, modern design and even has built-in themes for your viewing pleasure.

UC BrowserHD app for Windows in the Windows Store

If you're like me and got to dabble with Firefox's Windows 8 app mode when it was in beta, you were probably bummed when they ditched those efforts. They had made a great experience for Windows 8, but unfortunately didn't push it through the proper channels (Windows Store) and it got little use in a beta channel and they discontinued it.

However, I am pleased to say that UC Browser HD, which is in the Windows Store, is a great alternative browser. It has an address bar at the bottom, like IE, but also sports opened tabs across the top of the screen. It also has a Home tab with a customizable Speed Dial.

Highly recommend it, if you want to try an alternative to IE. And don't get me wrong, I like IE.

Wunderlist app for Windows in the Windows Store

Wunderlist has done a sexy, yes sexy, job with developing their Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone apps. They're beautiful and functional. Highly recommend if you currently use Wunderlist or are in the market for a productivity app.

writr app for Windows in the Windows Store

If you like keeping a journal, or are thinking of trying, you might wanna check out Writr. It's a journal app with a sleek design and great feature set. Such as bookmaking entries, tagging entries, and filtering your entries in a calendar view.

Side note of advice, I have often found keeping a business journal is incredibly helpful for reference, especially if you have a lot of open discussions with different clients.

Mail, Calendar, and People app for Windows in the Windows Store

The People app is insanely underrated. It is one of Microsoft's built-in apps when you first install Windows 8/8.1. It's part of their trinity of productivity apps: Mail, Calendar and People. All three apps are actually very good, but you seldom hear anyone mention the People app. So, let me give you a few reasons to look at People... the app, don't stare at strangers.


  • sync contacts from multiple email providers, social media and so on
  • link duplicate contact info together (ex: link Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype, and email accounts of same person to one contact)
  • launch an email message, Skype call, Tweet or post Facebook post directly to a contact
  • read and comment on Tweets and Facebook posts
  • favorite certain contacts so they appear at the start of the app
  • pin contacts to Start screen and receive live tile notifications of their social media posts
  • and more...

I think I've made my point. It's a powerful app.

ArcSoft ShowBiz app for Windows in the Windows Store

I've been a video editor since 2004, and in 2005 I came to the conclusion that I wanted to edit digital video on a touch screen. It is now 2014 and I can edit digital video on my phone. We've come a long way.

On Windows 8.1, the ArcSoft Showbiz app is a pretty solid video editor. It's not Adobe Première Pro, but it good for cutting some HD videos. Highly recommend you take it for a test spin, if you want an editor for your Windows 8.1 device.

Fair warning, in-app purchase for certain things (like HD export, as I recall). After test driving it, I coughed up my money like poison was gagging me. Haven't regretted the purchase.