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 the lookout for third-party apps for enhanced user experience. Let us find out the eight most essential apps compatible with Windows 8 and help you achieve the best user experience.

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Third-Party Apps
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 the 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 Twitter’s integration, which is not included in the inbuilt app people in Windows8. With Flip Toast, you can tweet and re-tweet, add a 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.

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Video

Microsoft’s video app is not enough; you need to have an app that enables viewing all the available files locally. Download the 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 video’s position; you can even browse for videos with a touch of a finger.

Messaging

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

Calendar

If getting a schedule about the schedule is all you want, you can do it 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 the All My Storage app. This app is capable of bringing the cloud-storage. This includes Dropbox, Box, and SkyDrive. Now you get all these in one place with All My Storage.

Photos

For a better option for storing and sharing your pictures, you can opt for the Albums HD app. This app enables 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 supports Live Tile that allows a user to quickly view pictures from Start Screen without getting into the menu details. This app is available for $1.49.

Music

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 users to tag songs, look for local shows and even notify them of 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.

News

Want an app that will enable you to fetch the latest news? Then download the USA Today app. The entire layout and setup of the app are visually appealing. You can browse from various news categories and easily sort out the relevant news, including sports, travel, life, money, and tech. It integrates pictures, content, and videos so you can get 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 navigate.

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