Its quite well known that the Windows store is no where near it’s counterparts on android and iOS but that doesn’t mean it’s a similar situation for Windows PCs as well. Windows has more great programs than we can count. One of the great things about Windows 10 is that even though it’s a modern operating system powered by the cloud that runs on all sorts of hardware, including desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, and even on Xbox, you can still run millions of legacy desktop applications, which together with the apps available in the Store makes it one of the operating systems with the largest number apps. If you’re also an android user, check out the top android stories from last week, a lot has transpired.
Here’s a list of the most useful such apps that you are probably not using.
Maybe you’ve forgotten what kind of RAM you bought, or want a quick glance at your CPU’s temperature. Speccy scans your machine and gives you a complete rundown of everything, from model numbers to temperatures, fan speeds, S.M.A.R.T. status, and…well, pretty much anything else you can think of. It’s also available in portable form, so you don’t have to install anything—just stick it in a folder for when you really need it.
On the surface, Launchy is an utility that helps you launch programs super fast—but it’s really much, much more than that. Not only can you launch your favorite programs with just a few keystrokes, but you can also open documents and folders, perform calculations, kill processes, search the web, and perform any number of advanced tasks (like start an SSH session). You might need tocreate some special shortcuts for “Modern UI” apps in Windows 10.
If you’re fed up with having a messy Windows desktop, Stardock Fences may just be what the doctor ordered. The application lets you create demarcated app icons or files cluttering up your desktop into shaded groups that sort their contents automatically. To be clear, Fences has been around for some years now, and is currently in version 2. It works just as well on Windows 10, too, and is arguably even more relevant when it comes to organizing stuff on the touch-screen friendly operating system.
This should be among the first apps to install on your computer. Now owned by Microsoft, Wunderlist is one of the most popular to-do list app. The app is free and designed to help you organize various aspects of your life into a list that is easy to manage. While the free version will fit most people, the app also supports a premium subscription to add more features, which often will be suited for businesses.
Not only it’s super easy to use, but it works virtually on any device thanks to its support for Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, iOS, Mac OS X, Android, Chromebook, and even for Amazon devices. And as long you sign in with the same account all your to-do lists will travel with you everywhere.
It is always useful to have a good, lightweight text editor handy, a role that Notepad++ fulfills this role exceeding well. The app supports multiple tabs so that you can work on more than one text file at a time, and offers powerful syntax highlighting and folding features that programmers and web page designers alike will appreciate. And should you ever need it, its powerful auto-completion and search and replace capability should come in handy, too.
There is a chance you’re already using this app in your smartphone. Flipboard is your personal digital magazine, the one place that automatically sorts internet articles tailor to your liking. You can read through countless articles, or you can simply flip through headlines until your thumb gets numb. This is a free Windows Store app and even though it hasn’t been updated for a while, it works well in Windows 10.
When you first install Windows, you probably get everything set up just the way you like it, including all your favorite little Registry hacks and unsupported tweaks. You might even discover new ones later and try them out. Apps like Ultimate Windows Tweaker make this a lot easier, and they’re useful to keep around later if you start incorporating new things into your workflow. Its list of features is endless, allowing you to tweak the tiniest features in the taskbar, Windows Explorer, the lock screen, and anything else you could imagine. Download it once and keep it forever (and as always, back up before you start tweaking your system).
There are some many TV shows provided by your cable company,Netflix, Hulu, and many other services that nowadays it’s becoming hard to track your favorite shows. Trakter is a universal Windows app that can track your favorites shows and movies on an easy to use user interface.
The app is free, and it doesn’t have any ads, but you’re limited to the things you can do for free. If you want to unlock all the features, you will have to pay $1.99 for the premium features.
Twitter has done a pretty good job on its official app for Windows 10, as such if you’re into microblogging, and you follow us on Twitter @verdict4u this is a must have app. You could argue why need an app when its just as easy to launch it in your browser on the PC which makes checking out links to our website more seamless. And while we agree, its why the Facebook app is not here, the twitter app has a very useful feature you don’t get on the website. A dark theme. And its more like a black theme because it’s pure black as you can see above. Its easy on the eyes specially in the night.
Let’s admit it: sometimes, even though we know it’s wrong, we all open the occasional sketchy program or file. We’re not judging, but if you’re going to do it, at least use protection. Enter Sandboxie, which lets you run programs independent of the rest of your system. That way they can’t infect, access, or otherwise interfere with your Windows installation. It’s also great for testing apps you aren’t sure of or running multiple instances of an app that won’t let you, so it’s fun for the whole family.
This was a first recommended Windows apps list and we’ve tried listing 10 that many of you should find essential. There are still plenty of apps to cover so let us know if you are using any of the apps listed above. Share your experiece!