Hidden Gems

The best apps for Windows 8 PCs and tablets.

Written by Pranay Parab | New Delhi | Published on:October 6, 2013 12:09 am

The best apps for Windows 8 PCs and tablets.

Microsoft Windows 8 is a fairly good operating system for desktops,laptops and tablets. In response to competition from Apple iPad and tablets running Google’s Android,Microsoft coded an app store into Windows 8 (for the uninitiated,Windows 8 is the OS for PCs,laptops and tablets,while Windows Phone 8 is the OS for phones).

The Windows 8 store has quite a few good apps,but the search feature leaves a lot to be desired. For instance,if you search for Twitter,the official app is not the first result and is not even highlighted. It is hidden among several unofficial Twitter apps. Fortunately,Microsoft recently announced an update — Windows 8.1 — which is scheduled to launch on October 18. This update promises improvements in the search function. Until then,you can refer to this list for some great apps on Windows 8.




Twitter is one of the world’s most popular social networks with an official Windows app. If you have trouble finding it among the many unofficial Twitter apps on the store,look for an app called “Twitter”,with a four-star rating. Plus,Windows 8 comes with an app called People,which shows you updates and notifications from all social networks,including Twitter. But the official Twitter app integrates the network’s best features with those of Windows 8. Users can share content from other apps on Twitter with the share charm (swipe from the right edge,click to share) and pin the app to one side to keep an eye on updates while using other apps.




Love reading? Check out Amazon’s Kindle Windows 8 app that lets you purchase and read books from your Amazon account. This app supports Whispersync technology,which syncs your notes,highlights,bookmarks and most recent location in the book across Amazon ebook readers and apps. You can continue reading a book in this app if you forget to carry your Kindle with you. The search feature is also quite good.

ALSO SEE: Amazon’s free app for audiobooks,Audible,works very well. Audiobooks are great for those who don’t have the time to read,the visually challenged or those who stare at computer screens all day. The app is easy to use and Amazon has a good collection of audiobooks. http://is.gd/amee39




This app is a must-have for those who love comics and graphic novels. Comixology’s Comics app itself is free,and users can purchase comics and graphic novels from its vast catalogue. The app features Guided View technology that zooms in on any frame you double-click and shows one frame at a time,which makes reading an immensely enjoyable experience. You no longer need to worry about scrolling,zooming or whether you are reading the frames in the correct order. Indian users will need a credit card to buy comics. It also has a good collection of free comics for those who want to try the app before buying.

ALSO SEE: ACK comics app has a limited collection,but features a few issues of Amar Chitra Katha comics that include stories from Indian history and mythology. http://is.gd/68mSwn

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