5 apps to boost your Windows 8 experience

The Windows Store has some pretty cool apps that bring to life the whole Windows 8 experience. We’ve pulled together our top 5 favourites,  covering both work and play.

Slacker Radio:

Everyone loves free music and this app is a great way to listen to some of your favourites while discovering similar bands. The free version lets you listen to customised radio stations built around your favourite artists, while for a monthly fee you can unlock the full library. Well worth checking out.

Toolbox for Windows 8:

One for the power users amongst you, Toolbox lets you divide your screen into 6 sections and then assign tools and apps to different sections, so in theory you could play a game, watch a video, write a word document and tick items off on your to-do list all at once. Or perhaps more usefully, you can code in 1 section, while having a test window open in another and your style sheets open in a third.

Music Maker Jam

We’ve all dreamed of being a famous musician or DJ from time to time. Most of us have realised it’s never going to happen, but it’s still fun to dream and Music Maker Jam offers us the chance to make these dreams reality (without the fame) You can combine a range of pre-recorded sounds from a range of instruments to make your own amazing tunes, the only part left for you to do is finding an audience.

Didlr:

We love Didlr so much we’ve already written a whole article about it. It’s one of the best ways we’ve found to sketch on a tablet or a pc and the built in sharing functions mean its effortless to show friends and family what you’ve drawn for them. We’re pretty certain there’s some awesome ways you could use this to create wireframes and other visual sketches for work purposes, but right now we’re having too much fun drawing random ideas that come into our heads.

Violet Storm:

We all need to unwind by blowing stuff up from time to time and this modern reimagining of Asteroids is one of the best ways we’ve found so far of doing it. It’s visually stunning and a great example of how games don’t need the latest 3d graphics to wow your senses.

What’s your favourite Windows 8 app? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter.

Published by Tom

Tom is the newest member of the uBelly writing team. He comes from a journalism background and is fascinated by issues surrounding creative design and the user experience

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