The 33 best Windows 8.1 (and Windows 10) apps of 2015

Best Windows 8 and Windows 10 apps of 2015

Avoid the rubbish, and load up your Windows 8.1 (or Windows 10) PC with the best apps of 2015

A great way to get more out of Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, is to utilise the Windows Store and install some apps. But what are the best apps?

That's where we come in. We've trawled a store that isn't the best at surfacing good content, and rounded up a selection of apps that you should download.

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Best Windows 8.1 and 10 apps: News and information

ESPN FC

Best Windows 8.1 and 10 apps - ESPN FC

With no sign of a Sky Sports app on Windows 8 devices, it's up to rival ESPN to bring us our football news and scores, and this quickly improving app does a fantastic job. You can select favourite teams for quick updates, view the latest results and tables from pretty much every major league of interest around the world, as well as European competitions, and it also has some nice feature articles from the ESPN writers. (Free)

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News Republic

Best Windows 10 apps - News Republic

Apps that aggregate news are ten a penny these days. Some are good, some are average, and some are terrible. I’m pleased to say this one is a gooden. Why? Because it sticks to the golden rule “content is king”. It brings in news from the major publishers and learns what sort of new you like and also which services are your favourites. E.g. BBC, PC Pro, The Guardian, or the Daily Mail (if your soul is full of hate). So if you have a habit of clicking on stories that are tagged with Sports and Cricket, News Republic is going to put future articles with these tags in plain sight. (Free)

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Encyclopaedia Britannica

Best Windows 8.1 and 10 apps - Britannica

There have been Britannica apps on iOS for a while, but it’s the new Windows 8 app that stood out from a relatively meagre crowd in the Windows Store before launch. It’s well designed, making full use of a large monitor to bring you detailed information, loads of images and other interactive elements, and a search for one topic quickly leads to several more. The bad news? Beyond the top 100 articles, you’ll need to subscribe to view more, so don’t go expecting the app to be a free way into this wealth of knowledge. (Free, then £10.99 to subscribe)

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Wikipedia

Best Windows 8.1 and 10 apps - wikipedia

The Wikipedia app provides a more convenient way to browse the people’s encyclopedia, particularly on tablet devices. The app’s homescreen highlights featured images and articles of the day, which provide a fun way to dip into a completely random topic. However, to search for articles, you’ll need to use the Search charm – activated by swiping a finger from the right of the screen on tablets. You’ll also need a live net connection to perform searches. (Free)

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Redditting

Best Windows 8.1 and 10 apps - readditing

Navigating the morass of news, memes and endless discussion threads that comprise Reddit is no mean feat, but the Redditting client does a brilliant job of boiling it down. It effectively turns Reddit into an RSS reader, allowing you to browse your favourite subreddits, filter out sources or contributors you’d rather not hear from, and read the source article alongside the comments in split-screen. Once you’ve logged in or filled out the simple in-app registration, you can also vote posts up or down, add comments or submit links of your own. A setting that allows you to filter adult content could also make Reddit palatable at your place of work. (Free)

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Best Windows 8.1 and 10 apps: Work and communications

Trello


Best Windows 8.1 and 10 apps - Trello

Trello is a digital kanban board that’s been developed, and improved, by a hoody-wearing genius (probably). It has tons of additional features such as collaboration with other users, integration with online tools, as well as several viewing modes and tags to make organising multiple pieces of work manageable. It’s cross platform too, so no matter what devices your team are working on, they’ll be able to access it from anywhere. (Free).

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Sim Trader

Ever thought you could make a killing on the stock market, but haven’t had the cash or the nerve to prove it? Sim Trader is an inexpensive way to see if you have the magic touch. You're handed an imaginary $10,000, with which you can buy and sell shares with financial impunity, monitoring the progress of your portfolio and that of other players all from the single screen. The app is about as visually appealing as an Excel spreadsheet, and clicking on a news item throws you out of the app and back into the browser, which is a bit jarring. But it’s a fun five-minute diversion each day. (Free)

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Skype

It's no surprise that some of the best-designed apps to hit the Windows Store have come from within Microsoft. The Skype app was built from the ground up to be ideal for use on a tablet such as the Surface, able to run silently in the background at all times, ready to burst into action when a call or instant message comes in. It's also one of the few apps we've seen that remains genuinely useful when snapped side-by-side with other apps. (Free)

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Wunderlist

Best Windows 8.1 and 10 apps - Wunderlist

If you’re working on several projects at once, and have a ton of things to remember to do on each one, then Wunderlist is a great To Do List app that’s worth incorporating into your Windows 8.1 life.

Wunderlist works across all your Windows 8.1 devices - as well being available on Android and iOS - and is a very slick to do list, allowing you to create multiple categories/projects and then share them with friends/colleagues.

Apart from being very stylish – which is an achievement for a To Do List – it’s very easy to use. This is partly due to its slick interface, but also because all of your tasks are synced to the Wunderlist server which allows for good continuity across all devices that you access the app from.(Free)

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