What Windows 10 apps should you get for your new PC? Here are 10 must-have downloads.
You just purchased a new Windows 10 PC and set it up, and you’re now looking for some great apps to get you started. Whether they’re for productivity or entertainment, the Windows Store has all the apps you need. Here are the best apps for your new Windows 10 PC.
A large population of people use Reddit everyday to get their news or a dose of laughter, meet new friends who have relevant interests, and to waste company time. Readit (free) is a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app for Reddit that has a nearly flawless UI. Posts are all kept in the left frame of the window where you can scroll through them, and anything you actually want to read is displayed — along with the comments — in the right frame of the window.
A pop-out sidebar makes it easy to search and post in subreddits, and a wide variety of settings ensures your Reddit experience is exactly how you want it.
There is no official YouTube app for Windows 10, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all your favorite videos in a standalone app. Awesome Tube’s (free) UI makes it easy to browse the most popular videos, plus you can save videos to watch later. A picture-in-picture function lets you search for more videos while the one currently playing stays in a small frame.
Have your own content you want to share? You can upload your creations right through the app. As far as YouTube on your PC goes, this free UWP app is one of the best.
The Instagram app for Windows 10 (free) was once nothing to write about, but it has seen plenty of updates and has now become exactly what a lot of people wanted it to be. If you’re familiar with Instagram on your phone, you’ll feel right at home here. Swipe or scroll to browse through your feed, search for new, interesting contributors, manage your profile, and see all the likes you’ve received.
Netflix, otherwise known as a cord cutter’s dream, has been turning out some pretty incredible original series lately on top of its enormous collection of beloved movies and hit TV shows. With the intuitive Windows 10 app, you get easy access to the entire lineup without opening a web browser.
Haven’t yet pulled the trigger on a Netflix subscription? It’s never too late! Plans range from $7.99 to $11.99 per month.
Adobe Photoshop Express
While the full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements is a powerful editing tool, many people don’t need quite as many features. Photoshop Express (free) is the answer.
Your basic tools, such as crop, flip, rotate, and straighten, are there, and you can adjust brightness, contrast and exposure. It is a perfect, lightweight photo editor for casual users that won’t bog down your system.
Need more power? Check out Adobe Photoshop Elements 15.
Microsoft To-Do (free), which is replacing Wunderlist, offers users a simple interface in order to keep everything organized. You can add and name your own lists, and you can sort everything based on name, date, and completion. There’s a My Day feature that lets you focus on certain important tasks, which resets at the start of each new day — To-Do will even suggest tasks that it sees you completing on a regular basis.
Even better, Outlook tasks can be synced with To-Do, allowing you to easily keep a lid on things when multi-tasking. Toss in due dates, reminder notifications, and notes, and we have a well-rounded productivity app that continues to improve.
Extra security is becoming ever more important, and one step toward increasing security is creating strong, unique passwords. The problem is, it’s difficult to remember all your passwords without a password manager.
Enpass ($9.99) has a UWP app, is compatible with Windows Hello, and has an Edge extension. Your data is stored locally, further improving security, and it has all the features you love, including a password generator, auto-fill passwords, time-based one-time passwords, cloud sync, folder support, and a secure web browser.
Office 365 is a subscription-based model that delivers all of your favorite Office tools, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. You can choose from personal, home, and business suites depending on user requirements, and pick from a yearly or monthly subscription.
One of the best parts of an Office 365 subscription is access to 1TB of OneDrive storage. If you’re already looking at picking up cloud storage, cash in on this great deal and basically get the Office suite for free. Office 365 Home plans start at about $10 per month or about $100 per year.
With Groove Music in the process of closing its wide doors, Microsoft is suggesting that a move to Spotify be undertaken in order for all your streaming music needs to be fulfilled. Spotify’s app is free, and you can indeed enjoy some parts of the services without paying anything.
However, if you’d like to stream music ad-free and on-demand, if you’d like to listen offline, and if you prefer something with better quality, you’ll want to look into a premium subscription for about $10 a month. In regards to the app, it’s streamlined and easy to use, letting you worry more about what song you’re going to listen to first rather than where the play button is located.
Now that you have a fancy new Windows 10 PC, you no doubt want to keep up with all the latest Window news. What better place than Windows Central? Our app is incredibly easy to navigate, with separate tabs for phone, Surface, Xbox, apps, and more.
Visit the Windows Central forums with a single click, jump over to our collection of videos, and even delve into all our podcasts. This is the app for all fans of Windows.
Your favorite Windows apps
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Updated December 22, 2017: We refreshed this list to include a few new great apps that will be right at home on your new Windows 10 PC.