Windows RT: the essential apps

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.

FEATURED VIDEO

35 Comments

1. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

You forgot Netflix I think :)

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

5. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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

24. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

3. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 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...

14. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

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

28. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

31. giri555

Posts: 111; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

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

4. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

6. rassouli5 unregistered

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

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

8. rassouli5 unregistered

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.

10. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

And the bat killls the joker!!

16. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

20. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I am the dark knight

22. willard12 unregistered

The best at what, exactly?

23. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

The best at having the worst OS, I think!

29. The.Dark.Knight.Rises

Posts: 72; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

The worst OS think twice before you make random claims.

15. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 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.

32. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

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

9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

how come cut the rope is essential?

13. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 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.

12. husfus

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 21, 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

17. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 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.

26. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

19. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

21. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Amen to that.

25. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.