Windows 8 is the latest development in Windows by Microsoft and it comes with a lot of freeloaded apps and features. However, in an attempt to get more out of your Windows you may be on a look out for third-party apps for enhanced user experience. Let us find out the eight most essential apps that are compatible with Windows 8 and help you achieve the best user experience.

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Using Third-Party Apps on Windows 8
Using Third-Party Apps on Windows 8

Staying connected is something that we all desire and so keeping this in mind you can opt to download Flip Toast app on your system, with this app, you can stay connected with Instagram, Twitter, Facebook with a UI that is easy to use. The thing to notice within this app is the integration of Twitter, which is not included in the inbuilt app people in Windows8. With Flip Toast, you can tweet and re-tweet, add favorite, follow, post and share your content. Additionally, with this app you can even be reminded of an upcoming birthday. This way with Flip Toast you have full social media integration.




The video app provided by Microsoft is not enough; you need to have an app that enables in viewing all the files that are available locally. Download PressPlay app, this is the best alternate for streaming media files. This app is incapacitated with touch controls that allow a user to control volume and even flip the position of the video; you can even browse for videos with a touch of finger.


Even though you can chat with the messaging app by Microsoft, but it is limited to people on Facebook friend list and contacts. You might want to add other medium of contacting to your friends on other chat platforms as well. For this you can opt for IM+ app. This app allows a user to connect to various other services that are integrated with Facebook as well as ICQ and many more. This app is supportive of text, picture share option and helps create multiple accounts. This does seem to be the best chat service that is capable of providing you with a lot more than just chat.


If getting schedule about the schedule is all that you want then you can do with the inbuilt app of Windows 8, if you are looking for more than you need a third-party app. Google Calendar app is one such app that helps to synchronize your personal calendar with that available on your phone calendar. Download this app and set a shortcut on your start screen for quick access to this online service. This way you need not worry about hacking.

Better Option than SkyDrive

You already have SkyDrive but this service is not supportive of Dropbox. Nonetheless, you have the option of All My Storage app. This app is capable of bringing the cloud-storage this includes Dropbox, Box and SkyDrive. Now you get all these on one place with All My Storage.


For a better option of storing and sharing your pictures you can opt for Albums HD app. This app enables in storing all your pictures and even helps customize your albums. You can even share the albums creating a slide show with various slide transition effects. This app is supportive of Live Tile that allows a user to quickly view pictures from Start Screen without having to get into the menu details. This app is available for $1.49.


If you want a music player that provides you free of cost music then go for MusicBee. You can download this program from the store. This app allows a user to tag songs, help to look for local shows and even notify with the latest music release. This app also incorporates a mini-music player along with exciting themes and skins. However, if you want to stream live music then Spotify is the one for you, want to locate new music then go for Pandora and want live-radio then TuneIn Radio is good.


Want an app that will enable you fetching the latest news then download USA Today app. The entire layout and setup of the app is visually appealing. You can browse from various categories of news and easily sort out the subject relevant news including, sports, travel, life, money and tech. It integrates pictures, content and videos so you can get a full blown news coverage. Additionally, this app is capable of updating weather news according to your location. The tiles in this app are easy to use and navigation.

All the above given eight apps are available on the Windows store for easy download.