Within the first day itself Windows 8 Consumer Preview got tremendous response. It downloaded over 1 million times the very first day. Definitely it is a good omen for Microsoft as well as the metro app developers. The buzz about Windows 8 Consumer Preview is not over. Users are looking for powerful metro apps to enhance their Windows 8 user experience. To fully enjoy Windows 8 metro interface we definitely need supported apps. Though the number of apps are limited, already some good apps are available for free download in the Windows Store.
Windows Store is a new concept from Microsoft for hosting free and paid Metro Apps suitable for Windows 8. It is integrated with Windows 8 Consumer Preview. If you are looking for best free Windows 8 apps we have some must have Windows 8 apps’ list for you. Please note. To find the below apps in the Windows Store, after entering Windows Store, go to Windows 8 Charms Bar (keyboard shortcut for the same is Windows key + C) and search with the app name.
On Windows 7 I have been heavily depending Microsoft Word for checking synonyms. But on Windows 8 CP, I did not installed Microsoft Office Pack. So I badly needed a good free Dictionary as I am a non-native English speaker. Dictionary.com is a best dictionary metro app. It contains reference content from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com. Unlike the web version you will not find any search field on the Metro Dictionary App. To find meaning just open the Dictionary.com metro app and use the Windows 8 Charms Bar Search feature. Dictionry.com features over 2,000,000 unabridged definitions, synonyms, example sentences, famous quotes, phonetic and audio pronunciation etc.
Cut the Rope
Honestly speaking the first app that I’ve installed on Windows 8 is Cut the Rope. It is a very popular addictive game from ZeptoLab. Cut the Rope is already very popular on Mobile platform. So what about the Metro reincarnation. It is simply awesome with its HD graphics, addictive game play and the outstanding physics combined in it on Windows 8 CP too. The game strategy is simple. Just cut the rope and release candy to feed the little and cute monster called Om Nom.
The popular note taking app Evernote has also secured a place in the Windows Store. As usual Evernote is free in its new home too. Use your existing Evernote account or create a new account from the website. Evernote perfectly mingle with the Metro UI. Install Evernote on all your device and seamlessly keeps your notes in sync to access it from anywhere, on any device.
Publications International Ltd.’s iCookbook has amazing collections of recipes and cooking tools. It is one of the hottest cross platform app. During the presentation of metro apps for Windows 8, Microsoft introduced iCookbook as a “beautiful app that really takes advantage of Metro style”. iCookbook Windows 8 app is preloaded with thousands of recipes that can be filtered in useful way. On Metro interface it looks very beautiful. Install this app and prepare some tasty dishes .
YouCam is one of the best camera app for your PC. This metro app comes with some awesome tools to provide some cool and fun effects to your photos and videos. You can upload your taken photos or videos directly to YouTube or Facebook. YouCam comes with advanced facial recognition tracking that offers better YouCam effects.
XE Currency Converter
A must have currency converter app that makes the best use of Windows 8 UI. It refreshes automatically to list the live currency rates of all countries. You can store up to 10 currencies for offline use. It is easy to find current currency rate of any country in this app by either using the Charms Bar search feature or from the alphabetical list provided.
Definitely there are some more good apps there. The Windows Store Metro Interface is very useful for users to find suitable apps. But what missing is a Metro Browser other than the default IE 10. Hopefully we may get other popular alternative browsers Firefox, Chrome and Opera in the form of metro apps in the near future. IE 10 is very fast compared to its earlier versions. Still a Chrome user may like to use Chrome in Windows 8 too, Right?