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 Microsoft Store has all the apps you need. Here are the best apps for your new Windows 10 PC.
Many people use Reddit every day 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 UWP app. myTube (about $1.00) has a simple layout that lets you easily browse and save videos, as well as read and make your own comments, all while a video is playing. You can even listen to videos while you use other apps, which is great if you’re a multitasker.
If you’re not sure whether myTube is the right YouTube app for you, there’s a free trial that allows you to watch an hour of video every three hours.
The Instagram app for Windows 10 (free) was once nothing to write home 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 shows 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 not too late. Plans range from $7.99 to $13.99 per month.
Adobe Photoshop Express
While the full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 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.
Microsoft To-Do (free) 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 shared lists, due dates, reminder notifications, and notes, and you have a well-rounded productivity app that continues to improve.
Extra security is becoming more and more important, and one step toward increasing security is creating strong, unique passwords. But it’s difficult to remember all your passwords without a password manager.
The best way to get Enpass into your life is now a bridged Win32 app that has all the features you love, plus it’s completely free. Enjoy AES-256 encryption, a password generator, password auditor, and easy backups, plus take advantage of cloud sync with services like Dropbox and OneDrive. If you use multiple devices, you’ll be able to take advantage of cross-platform compatibility, and don’t forget about the free Edge extension.
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 gone, Microsoft suggests that a move to Spotify be 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 Windows news. What better place than Windows Central? Our app is 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.
Updated June 12, 2018: We refreshed this list to ensure you’re still looking at the best apps that will feel right at home on your new Windows 10 PC.