Softonic introduces the best apps for Windows 8
Windows 8 is about to be launched and Softonic’s team has already tested some of the thousands of applications available for the new Operating System.
From games to social networks utilities, as well as photography applications, the list includes the best apps to get the most out of all devices with Windows 8.
With a different layout, Tweetro is the most solid Twitter app for Windows 8 as it takes full advantage of its wide scrolling. The default screen shows the timeline as well as an area to send tweets and browse pictures, and it offers the possibility to include any other column the user chooses to add. The app is well known for its ability to load the links in its own ”card” within the app.
Netflix is a great movie and TV streaming service which has now been updated for Windows 8. Its interface has been completely redesigned to be touch-friendly and it offers tons of information by sliding from left to right. Through a quick, dedicated search feature, the app shows thumbnails and descriptions for TV episodes and movies. With a smooth interface, it is the perfect application to be used in a tablet.
Since Microsoft doesn’t have an ebook store, Amazon has fill in this niche with its Kindle app for Windows 8. While there’s no access to the Kindle Store within the Kindle app, it opens the Amazon webpage so users can purchase books from there. It allows users to download books from their Kindle library as well as highlight, annotate, look up definitions and change the reading settings within the book.
Evernote allows users to syncronize their notes and documents between devices, quickly search through them and create new ones. In order to help users distinguish among notes, they are presented as little cards with title and a few lines visible. It also offers the opportunity to sort content by notebook or tags. If a camera is available, Evernote lets users to upload pictures to their notes.
Cut the Rope: http://cut-the-
For the purpose of feeding a cute little monster, Cut the Rope is a casual game which has already been successful with its versions for smartphones. With dozens of stages, funny graphics and different levels of difficulty, Cut the Rope is a good choice of entertainment. This app is, clearly, one of the star games for Windows 8, especially for tablets and touch screen enabled PCs.
Designed to make the most of the computers and tablets’ camera, YouCam allows to take pictures and record videos. Offering a bunch of filters, the application lets users to add effects as well as change brightness, focus, etc.
Tablets and touch screen computers make great kitchen companions and AllRecipes is the perfect app for those looking for recipes ideas. While the text may be heavy, this app still offers tons of pictures to guide users. It also allows to browse comments and reviews of specific recipes in order to help users choose the next dish.
Movie Guide: http://movie-
As a solid replacement for the official IMDB app for Windows 8, Movie Guide’s interface is well designed with large movie art serving as thumbnails. Users can tap on movies and get information about their cast, plot and ratings. Although they can’t be played full screen, the application also offers trailers. Despite it didn’t include integration with Rotten Tomatoes, it’s a solid app to look up quick information about movies.
eBay’s Windows 8 application is great for those who like to shop online. With a complete and minimalistic design, it gives the most important information up front. In this sense, it includes watch list, sales and purchases available from the main screen. The only downside to eBay for Windows 8 is that many features take users out of the application to the eBay website.
Softonic’s experts have also created a guide on Windows 8 that can be downloaded at: https://edelman.box.com/