The best free Windows 8
The best free Windows 8.1 apps
Windows ten may well be on the horizon but there are still a sizeable number of users that either won’t bother or reminisce to upgrade from the current incarnation that wields a sizeable chunk of the active users.
The come back of the embark menu isn’t the foot reason to get hold of a copy of Windows 8.1 and the lineup of apps available makes it a more than viable proposition for anyone looking to budge up from Windows seven before the arrival of Window Ten. That in mind we’ve devised of list of eight must-have apps that should be at the top of the download list of anyone with a fresh Windows 8.1 PC or even an existing system.
Social networking is made lighter by the Windows 8.1 interface and even however there are slew of beneficiaries of this budge, Facebook is top of the pile. The entire practice mimics what you’d expect to find on a mobile device except on a larger screen. Everything from the toolbar on the left that brings up all options including groups, events, pages, photos and friends to the talk bar down the right and icons along the top are all present and correct. It all means you can Facebook-stalk your friends (or foes) to your heart’s content!
Two. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
Solitaire has been part of the fabric of the Windows OS ever since the early days and the next level of that popular game is this extensive reproduction. There are in fact five different card games that make up the Microsoft Solitaire Collection including Klondike (the traditional Solitaire you’re used to), Spider, FreeCell, Pyramid and TriPeaks with every one taxing in its own right. Achievements can be automatically added to your Microsoft gamertag meaning that by playing Solitaire whilst at your work-desk you can then demonstrate off to your friends on the Xbox three hundred sixty or Xbox One when you log on to your console.
Whilst it may suggest otherwise, TVCatchup is much more than a place to catch-up on TV shows and offers entirely live TV free of charge to UK citizens. You can see any of the five terrestrial channels as well as a handful digital-only offerings such as Al-Jazeera, Big black cock Alba and Viva with the exact same service you’d expect from a Freeview TV or set-top box, except that you don’t need to leave Windows 8.1. It’ll mean the next time you’re ending off that chunk of work and don’t want to miss the next scene of EastEnders then you can just take a quick break without leaving your PC.
It remains one of the best free voice and movie talk utilities out there and now that it’s under the Microsoft umbrella there’s no need to even go to the effort to download Skype as it’ll be there for you from the off. Skype in Windows 8.1 differs to what you would see on a Mac or even a mobile device with a clean and very effortless to use interface that gives you a list of latest contacts voiced in nice big icons. This is in addition to the even fatter icons for any latest talks you have been involved in. Initiating a talk or call with a contact can be done by picking out a name from your friends and then typing in words or clicking the phone icon. All things told, the Skype app for Windows 8.1 makes it lighter than ever to call and talk to friends at any time of the day.
Observed the third series of House of Cards yet? Good news because one of the richest app practices on Windows 8.1 is the only place you can observe Francis Underwood strut his stuff: Netflix. The app presents each title in the form of a DVD-box sized icon with the titles going from left to right instead of down the screen like they do in the browser, on other mobile devices and games consoles. Basically nyone that has used Netflix in the past knows the drill and the practice inwards the app is so similar that you’ll never be visiting the site from within a browser ever again.
6. Danger Road
Solitaire has the capability to get rather boring after a while and gratefully the Xbox link means there are slew of games to get your teeth stuck in to. One such title is Danger Road’s attempts to bring the retro activity from Frogger onto Windows 8.1 and the developers do so in some style. At its nude bones the object of the game is to guide a puny animal from the bottom of the screen to the top and dodge cars, trains, water and anything else that gets in your way. Even the very first level is fiendishly hard and will have you posing the questions: why did I download this in the very first place and why does it keep drawing me in for more?
Having to come in a browser every time you want to use YouTube is a thing of the past in Windows 8.1 thanks to the unimaginatively titled uTube. You can use uTube to witness any movies from the Google-owned movie service and even sign into your account to see the same level of personalisation present when you usually sign in to YouTube via a web browser. There are also some added extras such as the capability to download and save any movies you like the look of, a real plus for anyone sick of the browser plug-ins that seem to be perennially slow at downloading the content. You can even choose the quality that it should be downloaded in and once uTube is on your PC, there’s no way you’ll ever bother with the web version again.
Much as Windows is a byword for PC operating systems, Kindle is the go-to brand for eBooks and its app for Windows 8.1 means you now don’t need a separate device to love a good read. It’s exactly the same as any of the mobile apps that have come to define the eBook genre and can be setup to sync with other devices so that you’re always beginning off from the point you finished at. The app butt-plugs in to the Kindle Store so that you can make fresh purchases straight from Windows and avid readers will be heated by its presence in the Windows Store.