Free Windows 8 Downloads From the Windows App Store

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mmterror

Just not sure why I need say 5 different apps to tell me stuff?

I get all my news, finance, weather, email etc. just via Firefox.

All these different apps just seem the wrong way to go to me.

Browser is king.

Oh and just how many news and weather apps does an App store need?

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Zoandar

If these are the best you can find for "must-install" Win8 apps, it helps solidify the seemingly general concensus of how badly Win8 blows.

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dentaku

It's great that Grantohone is available on the Win8 marketplace right when the consumer preview launches. It's a good example of what can be done with multi-touch AND that Windows Phone 7 apps can be re-imagined quite quickly into Win8 apps.

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ApathyCurve

Yes, install a touchscreen UI (to use with a mouse) so you can employ your $2,000 personal computer to... play an iPhone game. Brilliant! What will those guys at Redmond think up next? Geniuses, I tell you...

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pcjunklist

I'm still looking for the remove metro ui app, that would make windows 8 actually useful.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Do they pay you for this?

Who buys a PC because they really want a phone? We're buying PCs to play mindless baby games? Or to organize our recipes?

Must-have?

Really?

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TheMurph

No, I totally agree.  I thought it was pretty stupid that I bothered writing about fun and useful Metro apps you can get, for free, within Windows 8's consumer preview.  I really should have written an article about how users can listen to podcasts via the Windows Command Prompt.  

Using any other interface is uncivilized.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Sorry about I come off, but I think it's crap to dumb-down the PC this way. You don't buy a Ferrari to take the kids to soccer practice. You don't drop three grand on a PC to run phone apps.

Really, the way you guys write some of these articles appears more like marketing or advertising than journalism.

I can skip Windows 8, just like I did Vista. There's nothing must-have about it.

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TheMurph

It's fair to not like Windows 8's current selection of apps.  It's not fair to say that I'm performing some kind of marketing function for Microsoft by profiling eight interesting apps that you can grab from the marketplace.  

This article is intended to help those who install WIndows 8 and think, "gee, what apps should I check out?"  Which I find to be a noble purpose versus telling someone, "oh, hey, you're on your own. Go waste half your day trying to sift through the market for interesting things."

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Rift2

Can't wait to play Angry Birds wait a minute I don't care about Angry birds.
Make a Start menu App I bet a million people download that.

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warptek2010

This is all great and all, I'm sure. But we already have something very similar that already runs in Windows 7, well actually runs on Google Chrome... the Chrome Store.

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strykyr

You guys have nerve bringing up podcast software.

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rubix

You can search for recipes. Open the charms bar while you're in the cookbook app and use search and it will search through just that app. Pretty nifty!

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rorrr

Soluto (PC management app) looks really interesting

I haven't connected to another PC yet, but their treatment of Metro design style is really slick

http://thenextweb.com/mwc/2012/02/29/soluto-says-hello-to-metro-helping-users-to-manage-their-windows-8-devices/

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RaptorJohnson

Man, I can't wait to get windows 8 so I can put apps on my computer.

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loozer

1 must-use app in windows 8:
Desktop

Other apps that someone might want to use:
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loozer

Also, cut the rope is a direct port of the web app cuttherope.ie, not the full game.

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Blaze589

Good to hear. I thought CtR was quite fun but hated how quick it ended.

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loozer

Unfortunately, You'll need an iDevice, as well as money to spend in the app store for the real game.

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