It’s Sunday, May 4th, and its time to take a look at the Windows Store, which is home to both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT apps. Let’s take a look at the total app count, which apps are at the top of the charts, and highlight some new apps for our readers. Lets begin!
As of May 4th, there are now 158,475 apps in the Windows Store. The top-five free apps in the United States are Facebook, Skype, Asphalt 8 Airborne, Another Case Solved, and Google Search. The top-five paid apps in the United States are Plex, Machinarium, Halo Spartan Assault, Wheel of Fortune, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas.
The top-five free and paid lists appear to be unaffected compared to last week, with the exception of Another Case Solved. This app for Windows 8.1 places you center stage as a private detective looking to solve a series of quirky cases by gathering clues, tracking down witnesses, and questioning suspects to reveal the truth behind this city’s sugarcoated secret. This app is free and has received decent success in the Windows Store since its release.
Facebook remains the top-free app for quite some time now, along with Skype and Asphalt 8 Airborne. Halo Spartan Assault, Wheel of Fortune, and Grand Theft Auto San Andreas have also remained on the top-five paid list for a few weeks now.
Let’s take a look at some of the new apps that have made it to the Store.
File Shark (free) – This app for Windows allows you to find duplicate files having the same name and allows you to remove or move the duplicate files to a new location. You can also rename multiple files within a few clicks according to given criteria. This is a simple productivity tool and its free!
Didlr (free) – This is a fantastic and free entertainment app for Windows that allows you to draw on your PC, tablet, and smartphone. Perfect for kids, didlr lets you draw and share your creations! The app was recently rebuilt for Windows 8.1, and works amazing with touch or non-touch devices.
Here are the key features of this app:
- New Didlr remade for Windows 8.1 – the award winning app just got even better
- Draw didls using simple controls that anyone can use
- Share your didls with friends, followers and via your social networks
- Enjoy didls from around the world in a constant stream of amazing creations
- Make new friends and enjoy didling with them
- Follow trends as they happen – see a unique perspective on what is happening around the world
- Share didls with other apps
- Use your touchscreen, digital ink or even mouse and pointer to didl
- Search for didls, users and trends from anywhere
- Use simple colors, smoothing, transparent ink and didl on layers to create amazng artwork
- Save didls as drafts then come back later
- Take a photo or choose a picture then trace over it
- Add captions to your didls
- Earn Medls for doing great didls, sharing and other cool, fun things!
- Choose a theme to match your mood or computer
Twitter App Pinpointer (free) – “Wonder which Twitter app is right for you on Windows Phone or Windows 8? Twitter App Pinpointer has been created to make it quick and easy for you to find the right Twitter app for you – without having to sort through the confusing list of apps available for your devices. If you’re not sure what you want, you can walk through the wizard and answer some simple questions, or you can go right to the feature grid and get a full overview of what’s available,” the app description reads.
Pinpointer is a fantastic app that helps you find the right Twitter app for your device, and the recommendation is based on your preferences. Once you decide which app is the best for you, just download it right from the app!
Lexiqo word puzzle (free) – “Lexiqo is an addictive game in which you must build words in order to prevent the game board from filling up. Lexiqo tracks your progress over time so you can watch yourself improve. You can also compare yourself with friends with the online leaderboard! Two dictionaries are available: French and English!” the app description reads.
Lexiqo is a fantastic fast-paced word game that will definitely challenge your brain. You must find words as fast as you can in this fast paced game and you can even rank your score in the online leaderboard. The game even supports portrait mode on your tablet device!
Pastry (free) – This app is a modern Pastebin client for Windows 8.1. If you are a developer and find yourself using Pastebin quite a bit, this app is perfect for you. You can use the share Charm from another app to post directly to Pastebin. You can also load a file and post it directly to Pastebin from within the app. Check it out, its free!
Stay tuned for next week’s Windows Store highlights!Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 8.1, Windows Store