Download Free Windows Apps - 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
  • 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
  • Adobe Reader Touch for Windows 10

    1.0.7.1855

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A very basic PDF viewer

    6
    155 votes
    • PROS: Accesses other installed apps to browse for PDFs, Text search, Recently viewed list
    • CONS: No ability to edit, No annotations, No zooming
  • Windows Essentials

    16.4.3503.0728

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Microsoft's essential apps to get you started

    7
    642 votes
    • PROS: Great package of apps to get started with, Windows Movie Maker still excellent, Live Mail is a solid app for those without Outlook, Many useful features in Photo Gallery, SkyDrive integration is unobtrusive
    • CONS: Live Messenger struggling to stay relevant, Live Writer is very basic
  • Wine

    Varies with device

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Run Windows Apps On Almost Anything

    8
    10 votes
    • PROS: Free and always will be, Runs software like MS Office without issues
    • CONS: A few annoying bugs, Some bad fonts when using OSX
  • Allmyapps

    1.5.0.2

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    A Windows app manager

    7
    128 votes
    • PROS: Save all your apps to the cloud, Search for and locate new apps, Update new apps directly from your desktop
    • CONS: Occasionally crashes
  • Bluetooth Remote Control

    3.02

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Windows Mobile
    Mac

    A free Software utilities program for Windows

    7
    45 votes
    • Photo Grid Mixer

      Varies with device

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Free program for Windows‚ by Express Apps

      10
      4 votes
      • CNN App for Windows 10

        1.0.0.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Catch up on the world's news

        5
        6 votes
        • PROS: Access to CNN's international news, iReport integrated for citizen journalism, Aggregated video content, Easy to navigate and read, Easily share to other apps
        • CONS: Not enough customization options, Some odd spacing of text
      • WP Launcher (Launcher 8)

        3.3.3

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Android

        If you want a Window Phone filled with Android apps, this could be the answer

        8
        20 votes
        • PROS: Transforms your Android interface , Mimics the attractive Windows Phone interface well, Makes you appreciate WP more
        • CONS: Apps prove inconsistent with interface, Crashes from time to time, Fiddly at times (like the WP interface)
      • Pinball Star for Windows 10

        1.0.0.6

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A Free (ads) Classic game for Windows, by Rolling Donut Apps

        7
        32 votes
        • Grand Theft Auto: iFruit

          1.10.40.4

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Android
          Windows Phone
          iPhone

          Discover a limited world of GTA V on the move

          7
          44 votes
          • PROS: GTA V mobile companion app, Two apps in one, Keeps you a little connected on the move
          • CONS: Only works well with a permanent internet connection, Not much to either element , Aggressive/misleading product placement
        • 7plus

          1.2.0

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Add more features to Windows Explorer

          5
          5 votes
          • PROS: Many keyboard shortcuts for common tasks, Custom hotkeys to run apps
          • CONS: The tabs functionality feels a bit clunky
        • ViPad

          1.0.0.92

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          ViPad provides a new and innovative way to launch your favourite apps and acts a complete super desktop replacement

          7
          7 votes
          • Todoist: To-Do List and Task Manager

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            The minimalist task manager comes to Windows

            9
            2 votes
            • PROS: Very simple to use, Easy to sign up, Great date recognition, Online, mobile apps also available
            • CONS: Not much support, Many features not very obvious, No notifications with basic version
          • Sketch Me!

            Varies with device

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            A Free program for Windows‚ by XnView Apps

            -
            No votes yet
            • Virtual Desktop Manager Powertoy

              1.0

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              Have four virtual desktops in your PC

              6
              53 votes
              • PROS: Much more space for apps and windows, Support for hotkeys
              • CONS: Needs to be manually activated, Can be confusing at the beginning
            • Jewel Star for Windows 10

              1.3.1.0

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              A Free Educational game for Windows, by Rolling Donut Apps

              8
              14 votes
              • Apps Launcher

                varies-with-device

                License
                free Download
                Platform
                Windows

                A free app for Windows, by GitHub

                -
                No votes yet
                • Cameo

                  PDE Lite 1.11310

                  License
                  free Download
                  Platform
                  Windows

                  Complete desktop overhaul with extra portable apps

                  8
                  14 votes
                  • PROS: Light on system resources, Complete Windows interface overhaul, Includes a bunch of portable apps
                  • CONS: May be confusing at first, Not many customization options
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