It's now time to take a look at the top, best, and most popular Windows 8 and Windows RT apps available in the Windows Store. We will go over some stats for the Windows Store as well as highlight one app for your downloading pleasure. This is yet another post in our weekly feature called "Windows Store Sunday" where we highlight what's going on with the Windows Store.
As of July 28th, there are 109,939 in the Windows Store, an increase of 2,232 apps in just one week. Compared to last week, the top-five free apps has seen some changes. Crackle, an app that lets you watch free movies and TV series, is the number one free app in the Windows Store. Skype and Facebook Now round out the top three. The Google Search app has returned to the top-free list this time around, being in the top-five list in the past.
The top five free apps in the United States based on popularity are:
In the top-five paid list, the recently released Halo Spartan Assault is now the top paid app in the Windows Store, which should come as no surprise to anyone. Rayman Jungle Run is in second place and is an excellent and visually appealing game. Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds Star Wars remain on the top-five list as well. Here are the top five paid apps currently in the Windows Store:
Microsoft's widely popular FreshPaint app was recently made available to Windows Phone 8 users and Microsoft has also announced the availability of the same app for Windows 8.1, in preview form, earlier this week. The app for Windows 8.1 includes several new artistic features that is sure to make FreshPaint lovers happy.
A minor update to the Netflix app was also released this week, offering bug fixes. For those of you who use the Evernote app on Windows 8 or Windows RT, an update was also recently released adding several new features along with bug fixes.
For those of you who are app developers on the Windows 8 platform, Microsoft has changed a few things in Windows 8.1 based on user feedback in terms of XAML app development. In an official blog post, Microsoft outlines the XAML changes from Windows 8 to the upcoming Windows 8.1.
During this week's Windows Store app highlight, we introduce you to an app called StreetView Rush. This app is free and contains advertisements. StreetView Rush is a cool app that leverages Google StreetView API to showcase a location in all its full screen glory. The app even takes you on a virtual ride from one location to another location, pretty cool!
"Ever wondered to go on a long drive while sitting on a comfortable couch in your living room. The wait is over to rush through the dynamic & versatile landscapes of Google StreetView along with your Couch & Spouse," the app description reads. Hit the download link below to snag the app from the Windows Store. It's free and works on Windows RT too!