You just purchased a new Windows PC and set it up, and you’re now looking for some great apps to get you started. Whether they’re for productivity or entertainment, the Microsoft Store has all the apps you need. Here are the best software for your new PC.
The Microsoft Store is packed with great apps specially optimized to run on Windows 10 devices, but there’s so much choice it can be hard to know which are the best. That’s why we’ve created this roundup of all the apps we’d install first on our own devices.
Customize your desktop the way you prefer to work, enhance Windows with simple tweaks, and teach your computer to play nicely with other devices. This section of our roundup contains the most recommendations, because, often, the easiest way to work more productively is to fix the annoyances you face daily.
The Office Online app for Windows simply adds an icon to your Edge browser toolbar that gives you quick access to Microsoft’s web-based versions of Word, Excel and Powerpoint. It’s not sophisticated as apps go, and won’t let you open or create documents offline, but if you’ve made the change to Edge then it’s well worth having.
While the full version of Adobe Photoshop Elements 2018 is a powerful editing tool, many people don’t need quite as many features. Photoshop Express (free) is the answer.
A slimmed-down version of Adobe’s industry-leading photo editor, Photoshop Express is ideal for touchscreens, letting you optimize your photos with just a few taps and slides of a finger.
Now that you have a fancy new Windows 10 PC, you no doubt want to keep up with all the latest Windows news. What better place than Windows Central? Our app is easy to navigate, with separate tabs for phone, Surface, Xbox, apps, and more.
When you first launch VLC Media Player, it will automatically detect any connected storage devices and offer to use them to store your media library, or copy media from there to your Windows 10 device’s internal storage.
TeamViewer is one of the best remote access software options for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it’s free for personal use. Once you have TeamViewer installed on a computer, you can connect to and control it from anywhere in the world using another computer or your mobile device. Log into your parents’ PC, for example, to troubleshoot their technical problems. Or share your desktop with others to walk them through a demo. Or connect to your home computer when you’re on the road to retrieve a file. Or even, if you’re lazy like me, run a program on another computer in another room in your house without leaving your desk. TeamViewer combines remote access with online meeting and screen-sharing tools. Note that if you use TeamViewer for work, you’ll need a license.
Having more than one monitor saves you the time and hassle of switching back and forth between your open windows. However, Windows’ display settings don’t let you do much beyond choosing whether to mirror your primary display or extend the desktop to all screens. DisplayFusion is the most feature-rich multi-monitor utility for Windows. Create profiles for window sizes and positions to organize your windows just the way you like every time you start your computer.
A growing body of research shows that blue light–the kind thrown off by our screens–interrupts the quality of our sleep. If you tend to work into the evenings or late at night on your computer, this is an issue that can affect your productivity the next day and your overall health. F.lux to the rescue. Enter your location and the kind of lighting in your workspace, and the small utility will automatically adjust the color of your monitor to the time of day. Your screen will be bright during the day and take on a warm, dimmer light when the sun sets.
You need a place to jot down all the things you need to do, but long lists of tasks can be overwhelming–making you less productive, not more. Microsoft To-Do helps you organize all your to-dos while prioritizing the ones that matter most now.
Even better, Outlook tasks can be synced with To-Do, allowing you to easily keep a lid on things when multi-tasking. Toss in shared lists, due dates, reminder notifications, and notes, and you have a well-rounded productivity app that continues to improve.
Working in timed sprints helps you get more done: It’s like having mini-deadlines throughout the day for that extra nudge to stay focused. In the Pomodoro timer methodology, you work in a 25-minute sprint, followed by a rewarding 5-minute break. But you can adjust this timing for your needs. Focus Booster is a simple yet customizable Pomodoro Timer for Windows, Mac, mobile, and web.