Download Windows 8 for Windows - Best Software & Apps

  • Windows 8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

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

    7
    10291 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

    8
    2761 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
  • Viber

    8.2.0.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    Windows
    iPhone
    Windows Phone
    Mac

    Free phone calls via VoIP, chat and messages to your friends!

    7
    3392 votes
    • PROS: Free calls via VoIP to friends, Great call quality, Supports video calls, Notificatios in system tray, Contacts and messages sync between devices
    • CONS: Few advanced features, App required for PC client to work
  • Chess Titans

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Finally: Chess Titans for Windows 8

    8
    1674 votes
    • PROS: The classic is back!, Ideal for beginners, Difficulty levels for everyone
    • CONS: Why isn't there an official version?
  • Shazam

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A music identifier for Windows 8

    7
    270 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
    196 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 Game for Card Fans

    6
    180 votes
    • PROS: Classic addictive fun, Very easy to play
    • CONS: Plagued with advertising, Not much variation to the game
  • Virtual Router Manager

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

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

    7
    284 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to use, Perfect for non-experts, View wifi connections
    • CONS: Not compatible with XP or Vista, Absolutely no options
  • Google Search for Windows 10

    1.1.1.37

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Set Google as your default search engine in Windows 8

    7
    285 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
  • Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8

    7
    143 votes
    • PROS: Essential to check Windows 8 will work with your PC, Optional Windows 8 purchase option
    • CONS: None so far
  • Hinkhoj Hindi English Dictionary

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Hindi-to-English Dictionary for Windows 8 Operating Systems

    7
    18 votes
    • PROS: Hinkhoj Hindi-English Dictionary provides an offline option., Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 are also supported.
    • CONS: Only 64-bit operating systems are supported by this dictionary., Some users have complained that this application takes a very long time to load.
  • Sticky Notes 8 for Windows 10

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free Application to Create Virtual Notepads

    6
    19 votes
    • PROS: Sticky Notes 8 is absolutely free to use., A very handy and easy way to create timely reminders within mere seconds.
    • CONS: These notes can only be posted as live tiles within the start menu., Some have noted that any shared notes appear as nothing more than links.
  • 8 Skin Pack

    for Windows 7 11

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    High-quality Windows 8 theme for Windows 7

    7
    635 votes
    • PROS: Very easy to install and uninstall, Nice, elegant design, Patches necessary DLL files automatically
    • CONS: Requires system reboot
  • Start Menu 10

    5.80

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Alternative Windows 10 & Windows 8 Start Menu

    7
    44 votes
    • PROS: Shutdown timer, Many direct accesses to folders
    • CONS: Doesn't blend that well with Windows
  • Calculator Free for Windows 10

    1.3.8.55

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Basic but elegant free calculator for Windows 8

    7
    70 votes
    • PROS: Simple, easy to use, Big buttons, Looks great
    • CONS: No scientific functions, Only 4 themes, Small popup ads
  • FarmVille 2: Country Escape

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    The sequel to the famous farm game for Windows 8

    8
    179 votes
    • PROS: The graphics and animations, Clear and functional interface, Suitable for all audiences
    • CONS: Not exactly challenging, Long, boring tutorial
  • WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows 10 & 8

    12.0.1.940

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Wireless Technology for a Range of Devices

    9
    26 votes
    • PROS: Freedom from cables, Interaction between wide range of devices
    • CONS: Limited range of some devices, Potential interference if devices are too close together
  • edjing for Windows 10

    2.1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A social DJ app for Windows 8

    6
    179 votes
    • PROS: Great mixing app, Use tracks available on Deezer and SoundCloud, Automix feature, Lots of effects available
    • CONS: Sharing doesn't work with all devices
  • Spider Solitaire Collection Free for Windows 10

    2.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Free Game for Card Lovers

    7
    125 votes
    • PROS: Several solitaire versions to choose from, Engaging animation effects
    • CONS: Only compatible with Windows 8, Not much variation to the game play
  • Dictionary.com

    1.0.0.22

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Dictionary.com on your Windows 8 PC!

    7
    97 votes
    • PROS: Excellent search, Nice extras
    • CONS: Offers nothing more than the website
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