Windows 10 has several things to brag about, but the success of your app store is not exactly one of them. Nearly a year and a half after its launch, Microsoft’s new star operating system is found on more than 400 million devices and with nearly 700,000 applications available for phones, tablets and computers, the Windows Store seems to have a promising future even if it continues without Be as attractive as the Apple and Google stores.
In the case of the desktop it is even more difficult to get good applications designed specifically for Windows 10, which are also a better alternative than the win32 app (those installed with the classic “next, next”). However, there are a handful of tools that take full advantage of the unique style and functions of this version of Windows and that you should consider testing on your PC. Today we recommend a few.
Todoist is one of the best applications for managing to- do lists today. It is one of my favorite personal and has an application designed to take advantage of Windows 10 to the maximum. Recently upgraded with smart features , so it’s a pretty unique app right now.
Todoist is a universal application , that is to say that works in all type of devices, also integrates with the activity center and has an interactive tile that you can anchor to the beginning menu to take the trail to your pending tasks.
If you are one of those who think that PowerPoint is already old and outdated for most basic needs when it comes to creating a presentation, you are not the only one. Microsoft itself has created its own alternative, not as a replacement for the Office tool, but as a simpler and more modern option to create beautiful presentations without investing too much time and energy.
Sway is available for the desktop and is completely free . However, having an Office 365 subscription lets you use passwords to keep your sways private.
Plumbago is an application of Microsoft Research. It is designed for devices with touch screens, because it is a digital drawing notebook to write by hand realistically.
If you have ever used Paper by 53 on an iPad, Plumbago is the closest thing to this on a Windows 10 device. Try to imitate the ink and paper and it offers you elegant color palettes for your drawings.
The favorite media player of all has its universal application for Windows 10. This version of VLC works with mobile devices, desktop and even on Xbox One and Hololens.
Although it does not include all the features of classic VLC, it has its own functions and unique design. VLC for Windows 10 is a great choice for playing music and organizing your library of songs visually attractive.
Hyper is one of the best applications available to watch YouTube videos in a much more pleasant interface than the one offered by the website. Its full-screen mode reminds you of YouTube apps we can use on devices like the Chromecast, Apple TV or video game consoles where the video is the protagonist.
Best of all, Hyper is not only for watching videos but for downloading them , whether it’s just audio as MP3 or video as MP4.
If you are looking for a minimalist and distraction-free text editor that lets you concentrate on writing and nothing else, WritePlus is one of the best alternatives available in Windows 10.
It is extremely simple and beautiful, has support for Markdown , you can export your files in PDF or Word formats, and you can also change their appearance between a light and dark theme. Full screen mode eliminates any hassle in the surroundings and lets you completely immerse yourself in the editor.
Few applications have counted from the beginning with an excellent version for Windows 10, but Flipboard has been fond of their modern app even since the days of Windows 8 and 8.1. It is one of the best ways to read content and find out everything that happens on the web.
Reading your own news sources, Flipboard recommendations, or browsing through the hundreds of magazines available is truly enjoyable from this application.
The popular task list application created by 6 Wunderkinder was purchased by Microsoft not too long ago. Although the possibility exists that it disappears and becomes an integral part of other tools of the company, for now is one of the best apps that you can download in Windows 10.
Wunderlist is simple, nice, easy to use and lets you share to-do lists with friends or colleagues. It is also a universal application and you can use it on your mobile phone, tablet or computer.
If you are looking for an application that allows you to send content via AirPlay to devices like the Chromecast, TubeCast is the best you will find in the Windows Store.
TubeCast lets you broadcast YouTube videos to your Smart TV, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, DLNA, Xbox One and 360, PS4 and PS3, etc. It’s a universal app and works on both mobile and PC.
In short, the best Instagram client for Windows 10 . This application is the best way to view photos of the social network from your PC, it is nice, easy to use and offers something that many believe impossible: the possibility to upload photos to Instagram from the computer.
The only annoyance included are ads in the photo feed, but you can pay a small premium fee to get rid of them.
Drawboard PDF is a marking app that lets you make drawings and annotations on all types of PDF documents. It is the only payment application on the list, but we have included it not only for how good it is but for how innovative it is. It is one of the first apps in the store that support the Surface Dial .
Socialize Up is a messaging and social networking client available for Windows 10 on both mobile and PC. It’s an all-in-one application from which you can use Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, Reddit, Google+ and Hangouts in one place.
Available in mobile, PC, Xbox One and even Hololens, Baconit is one of the best Reddit clients available for Windows 10. It has a dynamic interface that adapts to any device, is extremely fast and has a very nice design.
Boards by Todoist
This application is still a project in progress, but outlines as the perfect complement to Todoist’s todo list app. Boards is a very Trello-style tool for managing projects using boards and applying the Getting Things Done method . If you use Todoist or Trello and it catches your attention, you must try it.
A year ago it would have been absurd to include the Twitter application for Windows in a list of the best of the moment, but surprisingly the social network became serious and recently launched one of the largest and most complete updates to its app for Windows 10.
Twitter is already universal application and have even added support for Windows Holographic. The app despite how simple it is, has all the necessary functions to enjoy the social network from Windows 10. It also looked very nice.