10 Apps for Windows 8 to Enhance Computing Experience

Windows apps on Rental ComputerNew Windows 8 apps are a first for many users.  Windows 8 has come under fire by loyal Windows 7 users that have not adjusted well to the new OS.  However, there are some real great tiny programs that can be very beneficial and enhance the computing experience.
Here are 10 of the top rated apps by users:
1.    Evernote
If you are looking for the perfect gather point for information, Evernote is the app for you.   It allows you to make notes, save scraps of information and keep it all organized.  It also keeps everything in sync between your desktop and mobile devices.
2.    Fresh Paint
Let your creativity explode out of the box with this app.  It is super easy to use on a touch screen but is also quite usable with a mouse.  The versatility of the app allows you to choose your canvas, brush and color or even draw on a picture from your hard drive or one taken with a webcam.
3.    Google Search
Bing search is automatically built in and is good, but I like Google.  That’s where the Google Search app comes in.  Experience full-web access with the excellent interface of this app.  It also gives you easy access to all Google services, many of which do not have apps.
4.    IM+
Windows 8 does come with a Messaging app but it only works with Facebook and Windows Live Messenger.  IM+ supports Google Talk, AIM, and Facebook. ICQ and Yahoo Messenger.
5.     Jujuba’s free Clock app
A clock wasn’t part of Windows 8 Metro desktop included by Microsoft.  Many people missed the app.  It is a live tile that shows both the date and time.  Once opened, it shows a large analog clock and calendar.
6.    Microsoft Solitaire Collection
What computing experience would be complete without games?  Solitaire is the most played computer game of all time.  This app offers five variations including Klondike, FreeCell, Spider, TriPeaks, and Pyramid.  It is also more attractive and fun with a variety of backgrounds and deck designs.
7.     News Bento
This is a news app that allows you to select from its growing list of news sources or add an RSS feed from any website.  Bento’s news articles will expand to fill the screen making for easy reading and articles can be shared by using the Share charm.  This app creates a great Windows 8 experience.
8.    Skype app
The traditional Skype experience is blown away with the Skype app.  There is an immediate, noticeable change in a cleaner and more usable interface.  It will sync with the contacts in your People hub and will send notifications even if you are in another app.
9.    Tasks
If you are a list maker, this full-featured app will not disappoint.  Group items by categories, projects, prioritize tasks, define due dates and add notes and pictures.
10.    Toolbox
Perform six different tasks with this app.  It functions as a clock, calculator, voice note taker, shows the weather and has Facebook integration.  During those boring meetings, you can even doodle.  There are different layouts to choose from and up to six tools can be visible at one time. Of course, these are just a few of the available apps, but some of the most used.  Maybe you are new to Windows 8 and this information will help you venture out and explore some of the apps available.
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