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Must-have Windows 10 apps for being a productive powerhouse

Everyday, we use computers to get things done. Starting with the Anniversary Update, and continuing with the Creators Update, Microsoft is doing big things with Windows 10 to keep people doing the things they love better and more efficiently. These Windows 10 apps are essential for getting you through a productive day.

OneNote

OneNote UWP

This really goes without saying, but Microsoft has really gone above and beyond with its OneNote app on Windows 10. OneNote is must-have Windows 10 app for the student and professional alike. OneNote allows to take notes in a school lecture or business meeting and makes it easy to search through your notes when you need to find pertinent information on-the-fly. One of the best parts of OneNote is that all your content syncs with the cloud, so you can start right where you left off on from any device whenever you want.

OneNote
OneNote
Developer: Microsoft Corporation
Price: Free
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OneDrive

OneDrive is a lifesaver for Windows 10. All my most important files are synced with OneDrive and like OneNote, I can access my files anytime, anywhere, and using any device. Sometimes I use an Android phone to stay up-to-date on the latest Microsoft apps on Android, and OneDrive is very handy when I want to share files that I created on my Surface Pro 4 with colleagues. OneDrive is extremely helpful too when I run into problems with my Windows 10 computer. I can rest assured that I won’t lose any files that I sync through OneDrive.  Those files won’t be lost if my Windows 10 device runs into any system hiccups, I can always fall back on OneDrive to restore all my important files.

OneDrive
OneDrive
Developer: Microsoft Corporation
Price: Free
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Adobe Photoshop Express

Microsoft, Windows 10, Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop Express is the best light-weight Windows 10 app for photo editing. Sure, you can always upgrade to the feature-packed Adobe Photoshop Elements 15 app on Windows 10 for $99.99. However, Adobe Photoshop Express does the job for small projects for free. On top of that, Adobe Photoshop Express is touch-friendly and allows for easy editing of your photos and videos whether it be on your Windows 10 PC or tablet.

Adobe Photoshop Express
Adobe Photoshop Express
Developer: Adobe Systems Incorporated
Price: Free+
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Mail and Calendar

Windows 10, Calendar, Mail, Microsoft

In order to keep me organized, Mail and Calendar is the first Windows 10 app I open to start my day. Mail and Calendar keep me updated with all my email accounts in Office 365, Exchange, Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo. Mail and Calendar can also help me manage my daily personal as well as business schedule. The Mail and Calendar app allows me to email my fellow OnMSFT writers on story ideas and what new Windows 10 device we are all itching to get our hands on.

Mail and Calendar
Mail and Calendar
Developer: Microsoft Corporation
Price: Free
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Cortana

Cortana helps me keep track of all my important reminders on all my Windows 10 (and other) devices. Even though I have Mail and Calendar to set appointments, it’s Cortana that reminds me where to go, how to get there, and what time I need to be there. Cortana knows my daily routine and keeps me updated with the latest news and weather at a glance so I can see what’s important and don’t have to open other Windows 10 apps to find what I am looking for.

Moreover, I can use Cortana on my Android phone too. While the Cortana experience on Android and iOS is not nearly as quick and fluid as Cortana on Windows 10 or Windows 10 Mobile, Cortana’s reminders that I created on Windows 10 showing up on my Android phone are extremely helpful when I am on-the-go. Cortana lets me know all my favorite sports teams scores, shows me the best local restaurants, and keeps me updated on local news too.
Nothing to download for Windows 10 users, but if you want Cortana on Android and iOS, you can download Cortana here.


What Windows 10 app do you use to be productive?

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