Download Windows 8 - Best Software & Apps

  • Internet Download Manager

    Build 11 6.26

    License
    try Download
    Platform
    Windows

    IDM manages and accelerates downloads, even with Windows 8

    7
    12346 votes
    • PROS:Download scheduling, Integrates with most browsers, Very simple to use
    • CONS:The interface is really ugly
  • Viber

    5.6.0.2415

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Call and text free over 3G and Wifi

    7
    1073 votes
    • PROS:Very simple to use, Notifies you of contacts who are on Viber, Decent call quality, Send photos and videos, Stickers and emoticons to liven up chats, Group messaging with up-to 100 people, Hold & Talk feature
    • CONS:You may have to convince friends to switch to Viber
  • Windows 8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Good for tablets: touchscreen operation, new apps and easier on the battery

    7
    4115 votes
    • PROS:Sleek, modern design, Very stable, Snappy interface, Includes new native Metro Apps, Support for traditional desktop apps
    • CONS:Metro interface takes some getting used to, Works better on touch screen devices
  • Asphalt 8: Airborne for Windows 10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Crazy arcade races in Asphalt take flight

    7
    1265 votes
    • PROS:Lots of vehicles, 9 new destinations, Beautiful graphics and fun to play, Multiplayer
    • CONS:No real gameplay changes since v7, Good cars take time/money
  • Chess Titans

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Finally: Chess Titans for Windows 8

    7
    695 votes
    • PROS:The classic is back!, Ideal for beginners, Difficulty levels for everyone
    • CONS:Why isn't there an official version?
  • Camera360 Ultimate

    7.3.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows Phone

    Point and shoot like a pro

    7
    952 votes
    • PROS:Takes fantastic, professional-looking photos, Plenty of editing options, Choose between automatic and manual controls, Audio and video cameras included, Variety of camera styles, which allow you to take very different photos
    • CONS:Sluggish and slow to respond, Not intuitive enough or easy to use
  • Shazam for Windows 10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A music identifier for Windows 8

    6
    82 votes
    • PROS:Identify songs by sound, Includes album reviews and artist biographies, Share tags across social networks
    • CONS:Can't identify all songs
  • Twitter for Windows 10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Native Twitter app for Windows 8

    7
    94 votes
    • PROS:Tweet in a Modern UI app setting, Easy to navigate, Can view web pages and media within the app, Mention notifications
    • CONS:Mentions must have exact username to link to profiles, Can encounter daily tweet limits, Doesn't natively support multiple accounts
  • Classic Solitaire (Free) for Windows 10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free solitaire game for Windows 8 PCs

    5
    99 votes
    • PROS:Two modes of scoring, two modes of drawing cards, Colors of the cards can be personalized
    • CONS:It is not better than the solitaire that comes installed on Windows
  • InstaPic for Windows 10

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Instagram client for Windows 8

    5
    25 votes
    • PROS:Easy to use, Integrated search, Well designed, Editing tools, Track your friends, Support for Facebook and Twitter
    • CONS:Limited to Instagram, Unofficial version
  • Calculator Free for Windows 10

    1.3.8.55

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Basic but elegant free calculator for Windows 8

    6
    14 votes
    • PROS:Simple, easy to use, Big buttons, Looks great
    • CONS:No scientific functions, Only 4 themes, Small popup ads
  • Google Search for Windows 10

    1.1.1.37

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Set Google as your default search engine in Windows 8

    8
    191 votes
    • PROS:Quick search, Beautiful interface, Syncs your Google search history, Opens links within the application, Voice search, Portal to Google web apps, Replaces Bing as default search app
    • CONS:Lags sometimes, Cannot multitask with Google apps
  • Virtual Router Manager

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A free, open source router for PCs running Windows 7 and 8

    7
    149 votes
    • PROS:Very easy to use, Perfect for non-experts, View wifi connections
    • CONS:Not compatible with XP or Vista, Absolutely no options
  • Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8

    6
    69 votes
    • PROS:Essential to check Windows 8 will work with your PC, Optional Windows 8 purchase option
    • CONS:None so far
  • TeamViewer Touch for Windows 10

    10.0.52946.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Control devices remotely with TeamViewer Touch for Windows 8

    6
    38 votes
    • PROS:Simple interface, Easy remote access procedures, Multiple connection options
    • CONS:TeamViewer servers increase connection lag
  • Dictionary.com for Windows 10

    1.0.0.22

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Dictionary.com on your Windows 8 PC!

    6
    123 votes
    • PROS:Excellent search, Nice extras
    • CONS:Offers nothing more than the website
  • 8 Skin Pack

    for Windows 7 11

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    High-quality Windows 8 theme for Windows 7

    7
    513 votes
    • PROS:Very easy to install and uninstall, Nice, elegant design, Patches necessary DLL files automatically
    • CONS:Requires system reboot
  • FarmVille 2: Country Escape

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The sequel to the famous farm game for Windows 8

    7
    65 votes
    • PROS:The graphics and animations, Clear and functional interface, Suitable for all audiences
    • CONS:Not exactly challenging, Long, boring tutorial
  • Windows 8 Theme

    for Windows 7

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android

    Travel to the future with Windows 8

    7
    1399 votes
    • PROS:Nice, crisp graphic, Looks sleek
    • CONS:Not many background color options
  • Start Menu 10

    5.80

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Alternative Windows 10 & Windows 8 Start Menu

    7
    13 votes
    • PROS:Shutdown timer, Many direct accesses to folders
    • CONS:Doesn't blend that well with Windows
Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
#NameVersionVotesRatingPlatform
1Build 11 6.26123467.4Windows
212657.2Windows
341156.9Windows
4for Windows 713996.8Windows, Android
55.6.0.241510736.5Android, Windows, iPhone, Windows Phone