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If you’ve upgraded to Windows 8, there’s no need to make do with yesterday’s apps. A whole new host is coming out, designed to cater to the operating systems integration of touch sensitivity.

BROWSER

Internet Explorer 10 now comes as a sleek app. If it won’t open a page, it’s possible to easily switch to the desktop browser. So far, no alternative browsers are available for the system.

CHATTING

A pre-programmed app lets users chat in Facebook with Windows Live Messenger. A Skype app can also be installed for video chats.

DOCUMENTS AND NOTES

OneNote can be used for jotting down ideas.

DRAWING

A touchscreen invites artistic creativity, especially with SketchBook Express or Paint a Story. There are also kid-friendly apps like Fresh Paint, Paint 4 Kids or Finger Paint.

GAMES

The pre-installed games app leads to Microsoft’s XBox Games platform. It’s not necessary to create a profile. The store also has countless non-XBox titles, including Cut the Rope or BallStrike.

KNOWLEDGE

The Wikipedia app offers the standard search functions and presents beautiful photos and readable entries. Also consider the Ponsa dictionary app, which spans 13 languages.

MAPS

Microsoft’s map app merges route planning and traffic data.

MUSIC

Pre-installed apps offer the option to play one’s songs as well as stream music from the internet, with ads blended in. TuneIn can pull in thousands of internet radio broadcasts while Soundrivin accesses the music platform Soundcloud, which includes many non-mainstream tracks.

NETWORKS

Updates from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can be followed via the pre-installed contact apps. There’s also MetroTwit, or Mine for Facebook, which can both be downloaded.

NEWS

Microsoft’s news app is not the only source for Windows 8 users. Consider Dark RSS Reader or Pulse News, which allow the creation of individualized news feeds.

PHOTOS

Photobucket is a good resource for getting pictures online so they can be shared. TLVstagram is also good for accessing the flood of images from Instagram with the use of keywords.

SEARCH

If you don’t like the pre-installed Bing system, find Google in the Windows Store.

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