the selection and quality of the windows 10 store apps has taken a turn for the better in the last few months
Software publishers have started to load in their win32 apps in the Store
The big one is Itunes of course. I dont use Itunes per se but a program I use ( mediamonkey) requires it to be installed to sync to Ipods and Iphones
The big advantage of loading in Itunes this way is that it leaves behind all the other crud ( apple updater, Bonjour etc) and just does Itunes
But there are several others that I have used and can recommend. In some cases the author asks for a small fee for the program via the store. but you can install on any of devices hooked into your account and updates are handled thru the MS update process
Paint.net a solid paint/photoshop type program. Very good program that I have used for many years. This is the program that should have replaced MS Paint, rather than the POS Paint 3D
Libre Office full featured office suite - fork of the openoffice project solid program more like MS Office than the google office suite. One of my daughters went to school using this and wrote her PHD thesis with it.
Irfranview Lightweight handy image viewer/editor. I have used this program for over 20 years !!!! If I need to just crop or lighten an image to paste into another document, this is what I use.
Inkscape open source Vector drawing program - similar to Adobe Illustrator and visio dont use this program often but since visio isnt part of the standard office 365 package, a good program to have loaded up
Autodesk CAD Mobile Dont confuse this for a full featured CAD program , but for viewing and marking DWG files or creating simple CAD profiles, this free program works fine
Please feel free to pass along other useful items you found in the windows store
If anyone has a windows phone, I would suggest you check out the WP Outsiders app. It is a community app driven by windows phone users just like you and I.
It is a great app in my opinion and one that I check multiple times a day. If you have any questions about it, just hit me up.
You can find it here at the marketplace: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/outsider/16b4f331-e05b-e011-854c-00237de2db9e
Just in case you're a sports fan like me and you missed this, there is an official ESPN app available in the app store! I am not sure how long it's been there, but I just ran across it last night and nearly fell out of my chair. I have been messing around with it a little and from what I have seen so far, it's really quite nice. If you have an ESPN account (free, BTW), it will immediately sync up your favorite teams inside the app. The one thing I have noticed thus far is a lack of deep-pin-ability - for example, inside the app, I have an Atlanta Falcons hub, but I cannot pin that to the start menu. Outside of that, it includes NCAAFB which the MS/Bing sports app does not have (currently). Everything else is super high quality and great content - just what I have come to expect from ESPN.
Today I am happy to announce that the first major update to Piktr has passed certification is now on the Windows Store.
Here is a list of cool desktop apps to put on your Surface Pro:
1) XBMC -http://xbmc.org/; then Navi-x -http://code.google.com/p/navi-x/ (amazing video sharing app)
2)Hulu desktop- http://hulu-desktop.en.softonic.com/ (free hulu- no hulu plus- be sure not to download the other apps during the install process)
4)Origin beta (EA games)- http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/03/06/can-the-microsoft-surface-pro-run-sim-city
5) Verizon access manger so I can use a USB wireless 4G modem - Who needs a SIM card!!- save yourself $130 price difference from an IPAD and subsidized prices of Android tablets. Its a PC baby!!!
These are just a few I will post more when I find some. Anybody have other apps??