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Windows: a leap from gadgets to Apps

Updated on January 28, 2014

Used by around 400 million people around the globe, windows has turned out to be the most used operating system in the recent years.Gadgets, though not a necessity, have turned out to be pretty useful add-on for the windows users.Though, in the recent release of windows 8, the gadgets have been replaced by windows apps.

Following article takes a close look at one of the most demanding windows 8 apps.

Windows Gadgets

Screenshot of Windows 7 gadgets widget
Screenshot of Windows 7 gadgets widget

Why were windows 7 gadgets discontinued?

Gadgets, though not a necessity, were certainly a nice addition to the most used operating system users.With the introduction of the touch-screen version of their OS- windows 8, the software giant has announced the retirement of the windows 7(and vista) gadgets pertaining to the in-build vulnerabilities.The gadgets enhance the chances of potential attack.An attacker who successfully exploited a Gadget vulnerability could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could take complete control of the affected system.

Additionally, the gadgets made it easier for an attacker to take over the administrative rights, if the administrator is logged into his system.

Microsoft has also come up with an automated fix which disables windows sidebar and gadgets in the 7 and vista systems.

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Windows App store

Since the introduction of windows 8, the most prominent feature-Windows Store has been among discussions .For those who are new to this discussion, Windows Store is an online store for all the applications supported by Windows, both free and paid.

All the applications can be distributed through Windows Store, with paid apps ranging in cost from US$1.49 to $999.99. Windows Store was first made available with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on February 29, 2012.This has created a hype among the users, mainly because of its resemblance to Android and the popularity of the latter among the masses.Thus, people are expected to favor Windows 8 not only because of its user-friendly interface, but also its access to millions of applications which promises to be ever-increasing.

Windows app count: month by month

As of date
Total App count
Month over month
Nov 30, 2012
24,358
-
Dec 31, 2012
35,973
11,615
Jan 31, 2013
40,666
4,643
Feb 28, 2013
44,309
3,643
Mar 31, 2013
52,751
8,442
Apr 30, 2013
65,891
13,140
May 31, 2013
80,302
14,411
Jun 30, 2013
99,401
19,099
Jul 31, 2013
110,299
10,898
Aug 31, 2013
114,624
4,325
Sep 30, 2013
118,551
3,927
Oct 31, 2013
124,437
5,886
Nov 30, 2013
130,892
6,455
Dec 31, 2013
142,005
11,113
Source:http://www.metrostorescanner.com/, http://www.neowin.net/news/report-windows-store-reaches-80000-windows-8-app-mark-in-june, http://www.winrumors.com/microsoft-details-and-demos-the-windows-store-for-windows-8-video/

Best Windows 8 apps

The following list includes some of the best apps so far offered by the Windows Store.

UNO for friends: FREE

Screenshot of Windows 8: UNO for Friends
Screenshot of Windows 8: UNO for Friends

Average Rating: 4.0 / 5

Introducing the traditional and probably, the most interesting card game of all time - UNO.Experience social interaction on a whole new level.Allows multi-player games, but subject to parental settings.

GROOVE: Smart Music Player: FREE

Screenshot of Windows 8: GROOVE: Smart Music Player
Screenshot of Windows 8: GROOVE: Smart Music Player

Average Rating: 3.8 / 5

Automatically sorts music randomly from any part of the world depending on the user's listening habits.Creates instant mixes automatically, you'll never have to create your own playlists again.

FRESH PAINT: FREE

Screenshot of Windows 8:Fresh Paint
Screenshot of Windows 8:Fresh Paint

Average Rating: 3.9 / 5

A nice feature to replace the traditional and vintage 'MS Paint'.FRESH PAINT features new watercolors, brushes, pencils and all the tools you need to paint.Claimed to be the most realistic painting app ever made, FRESH PAINT has surely provided app lovers something to feast upon.

ANGY BIRDS:STAR WARS: PAID

Screenshot of Windows 8:Angry Birds: Star Wars
Screenshot of Windows 8:Angry Birds: Star Wars

Average Rating: 3.8 / 5

One more show stopper from Rovio since the introduction of the flying birds into the digital world.'The biggest adventure yet' as claimed by Rovio Entertainment, the Star Wars series has received positive reviews from most of the users.Newer levels, biggest ever boss fight and the unmasking of the Lard Vader remain the highlight for the Angry Bird lovers.

STORM: FREE

Screenshot of Windows 8:Storm
Screenshot of Windows 8:Storm

Average Rating: 3.2 / 5

Presenting a brilliant interface, over 8 million places to choose from, 15 day ahead forecasts and most importantly, hour by hour forecast for the next 72 hours.A must have for those who love to travel.

HowStuffWorks: FREE

Screenshot of Windows 8: HowStuffWorks
Screenshot of Windows 8: HowStuffWorks

Average Rating: 3.7 / 5

Video podcasts from over 40,000 articles from www.howstuffworks.com.Explains thousands of topics from various aspects of life with illustrations.

DISNEY INFINITY: FREE

Screenshot of Windows 8:Disney Infinity
Screenshot of Windows 8:Disney Infinity

Average Rating: 3.8 / 5

Find yourself creating a whole new world with this app from Disney.With thousands of disney characters to choose from, you can make your own worlds, create games with your own rules, or build places that only exist in your imagination. When you’re done, you can knock it all down and start again

CNN App for Windows: FREE

Screenshot of Windows 8: CNN Apps for Windows
Screenshot of Windows 8: CNN Apps for Windows

Average rating: 3.4 / 5

Read the news on the go.Stay informed about the international happenings about the political arena as well the wars in middle-east.With an option of variable font size, the CNN marketing has done a good job in promoting the Windows App among the masses.

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      Chinmay Das 3 years ago from Mumbai, India

      New apps keep coming up from time to time...:)

      Thanks a lot..:)

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      Laura530 3 years ago

      Great list that covers many genres. One of my most recent favorites is the RealPlayer Cloud app too. Secure storage and makes video sharing a complete breeze. Huge time saver from converting formats. From their blog: http://www.real.com/resources/realplayer-cloud-app...

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      Chinmay Das 3 years ago from Mumbai, India

      thanks...:)

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      Archita Nagar 3 years ago

      I think Wild West also deserved to be in the list.

      Good work though.