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Windows RT: the essential apps

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Windows RT: the essential apps
If you haven’t heard it by now, let us make it extra clear - Windows RT is not the full Windows 8. No, it won’t run Photoshop, Dreamweaver, or whatever traditional Windows program you throw at it. Except for Microsoft’s Office package that comes pre-loaded.

Knowing this alone will save you plenty of confusion. But still this won’t answer the burning question: what apps does Windows RT have then, and which ones should I install right after getting it?

There is no universal recipe, but we’ve narrowed down 10 apps that should come handy for pretty much everyone out there. You might still feel like you are in a ghost town in the Windows Store after you download them, but at least one thing is clear - this time around, unlike with Windows Phone, developers will just have to start cranking up apps soon. We just see no way all those tablets, laptops and desktops would be left without their attention. So just give it some time.

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posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:37 2

1. valapsp (Posts: 442; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


You forgot Netflix I think :)

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:42 2

2. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


What's that on number 8???
You blind???

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:53 2

5. valapsp (Posts: 442; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


You're right. I'm sorry I was blind for 1 second.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 12:59

24. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


I HOPE WINDOWS gets more of the android, ios, and even amazon store apps on their game store

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:42 2

3. Hammerfest (Posts: 348; Member since: 12 May 2012)


You forgot Windows 7...

No seriously... Metro sucks (even if its no longer called metro)..

Before people rush to say if you dont like it stay on Win7, Windows 8 IS NOT JUST THE UI, there are SO MANY other features and preformance upgrades in Windows 8 that makes it worth while!

The above being said, there are tools that restore explorer to its more useful glory and kill off metro like Windows 7 on Widnows 8 and StartIsBack...

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:38 3

14. sorcio46 (Posts: 392; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


At least for tablets & smartphones this UI is decent, but for PC... i won't buy that OS with that tablet UI.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 21:30 1

28. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


It have a Windows 7 desktop and it work with all Win7 software

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 07:10

31. giri555 (Posts: 95; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


ah..'buy'..you are not going to 'buy'...it eitherway...you are going to download it from torrent...

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:48 2

4. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Now this UI is superior to the android tablet UI but equals ios.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:56 2

6. rassouli5 (Posts: 48; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Microsoft Surface, must be nickname iPad destroyer. Apple & Android (Google) both SUCKS....

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 09:59 5

7. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Now you are a hard core Sur-fan!! Me likes both Android and Windows... And i've got mixed feelings with iOS!!

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:09 5

8. rassouli5 (Posts: 48; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


My opinion is that, because I know Microsoft is great and also because I'm a Megafan of it, but I respect your opinion of liking Android. Everyone's opinions are respectful for themselves.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:19 1

10. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


And ipad should be called surface murderer. Ipad was the best, is the best and will always be the best.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:24 1

11. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


And the bat killls the joker!!

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:47 1

16. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


No ios is the batman and windows RT is the joker, a freak... Lololol

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 11:00

18. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2964; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


I'm sorry Mr sDark! But i didn't imply anything of that sort...but yes, i meant that you were the Joker.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 11:20

20. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I am the dark knight

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 11:35

22. willard12 (Posts: 549; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


The best at what, exactly?

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 11:54 1

23. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


The best at having the worst OS, I think!

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 22:07

29. The.Dark.Knight.Rises (banned) (Posts: 72; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The worst OS think twice before you make random claims.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:43 1

15. nofear (Posts: 147; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)


On the first statement that I agreed, window has done that in the past with Macintosh. Because window as second times to join in mobile industry and late what if Window keep on perfect its device or still in the play, which is Apple can never see the daylight or earn credible of today mobile. however, Android is stronger candidate to utilize for mobile market and it rules.

MS made perfect choice to incorporate full version MS office in its device. No other third party can not come close to it. This one win for my vote.

Apps for window and just give it sometime. I hope MS play must have good quality apps in its arsenal, not crappy or junks apps.

Therefore, MS and Android are only key player, iOS is weaker candidate because Apple OS is the same boring craps -- I don't understand and why iFans are being blind and seeing Android had to offer.

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 00:37

32. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Say that to my big, fat wife and we'll see if u'll still be alive

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:16

9. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


how come cut the rope is essential?

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:32

13. DerryAhmad (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 May 2012)


It's probably the only game that matter (decent enough).

On another note. I'm liking the UI alot. And those apps interfaces looks great.
I'll probably wait until some of the other essential apps such as Twitter and Facebook are available.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:28

12. husfus (Posts: 62; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


I think there will be lot of apps including essensial ones by near future. . People are adopting win 8, thats enough for developers. Soon win 8 store will be competitive

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 10:48 2

17. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


I love this Metro UI. It's beautiful, specially if you have a big monitor like me. I like how one can access all of the programs and apps by just scrolling left or right. I preordered mine on amazon for 69.99.

This is something new to windows users, so it's gonna take a little time to get used to it. In my case I got used to it in a couple of minutes and I don't wanna go back to the old way.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 13:09

26. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I too love the Metro ("Modern") UI. On my traditional laptop, it actually works just fine. However, there is a certain Sony VAIO hybrid that I'm eyeing. I like the idea of having a laptop/tablet rolled into one.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 11:06 1

19. 7thspaceman (Posts: 900; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


since apps developers can make apps that run on the Windows 8 Tablet computers
and the Windows RT computers I predict that the Windows RT apps will quickly grow
folks Microsoft has committed itself to make tablet computers because they know tablets computers will be a normal thing in home and Businesses just like the television is today. Metro tile haters or should I say Modern UI tiles haters get a life! Although I predict Windows 9 will be more Desktop friendly than Windows 8 even it will have the tiles because Microsoft's Future operating systems will be written to operate on standard non touch screen and touch screen computer setups. therefore the Tiles start screen and Modern UI apps store will remain a part of Windows operating Systems. another thing a statement on a web site states that Microsoft and Apple have an agreement among themselves not to copy each others operating system therefore Microsoft had to come up with something new and different ERGO the TILes

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 11:29

21. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)


Amen to that.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 13:07

25. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Since I've been using Windows 8 Pro a lot, since I got to upgrade early, I have to warn people about two of the apps on this list. First of all, Evernote on Windows 8 is EXTREMELY basic and lacks many of the advanced editing options on iOS and Android. Hopefully the developers include these features in future updates. Also, for those who want an alternative to TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio is a great alternative as it's essentially Pandora and TuneIn Radio rolled into one package.

posted on 26 Oct 2012, 16:06

27. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2614; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I thought alternative browsers weren't allowed on RT, that would mean Firefox shouldn't be on the list.

posted on 27 Oct 2012, 02:55

30. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


That's interesting, because I know Google made a Chrome "Modern" UI app, that I'm using right now until Opera makes one, and I know they have the Google search app as well. So I think Google Chrome should replace Firefox.

posted on 28 Oct 2012, 08:50

33. infamy (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)


Neither Firefox, Sketchbook Express nor Minesweeper (why?) are available for RT.

(Other Minesweepers are, but the Xbox achievement in the screenshot gives yours away as the MS version, running on Windows 8.)

So for an article that was suppose to demystify RT, you just posted a list of your favourite Windows 8 apps, muddying the waters even further.

posted on 29 Oct 2012, 20:50

34. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I have Windows 8 running on my HTPC and its been great. Its much faster than Vista was on that machine and at times its faster than my main PC running 7 is. The Modern UI interface is also particularly nice for an HTPC since it offers larger icons and text than Vista does by default. Yes, this stuff can be resized, but a lot of applications wont display properly when you do that, apparently resizing the text like that dosent resize just the text.

There are some inconsistencies when transitioning between Desktop and Modern UI apps, but the boost in performance for bootup, loading applications, and slightly better framerates for games and video playback over Vista on this machine has been worth adjusting to the new UI and its quirks. Of course, Vista hasn't even been known to be fast, but I didnt find 7 to be enough of an improvement to be worth upgrading that box to it, 8 has been a justifiable improvement for this box.

The only thing is, Im still not convinced to upgrade my main PC to it yet, I will need to do more research as far as app compatibility, etc. first.

BTW another essential app is Time Tile, because in Microsoft's infinite wisdom, you cant check time unless you either go to Desktop (which you cant do if you're running RT version) or you lock the screen. Time Tile adds a live tile to display time, its free, and its handy to have, at least until Microsoft does an eventual update to the OS that will add in better time display functionality.

posted on 04 Dec 2012, 05:02

35. ppavle (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


Windows RT and Windows 8 are different OSs. Modern UI (Metro) looks almost the same on both OSs but they use completly different applications. Windows RT is ARM architecture based and Windows 8 is x86 based. Not a single application for Windows 8 (including Modern UI applications) will work on Windows RT. Application author has to prepare new version of application specialy for Windows RT and to put it on Windows RT Store. Also, desktop exists on Windows RT but only for preinstalled microsoft applications. No new applications can be installed.

So, if you use something on Windows 8 Modern UI, you have to check on Windows RT Store (nothing to do with Windows 8 store) if there is a version for Windows RT.

There are no FireFox for Windows RT now!

Also, when you check if some application is available for Windows RT bare in mind that applications are available on some regions, not on others.

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