It’s now time to take a look at the top, best, and most popular Windows 8.1 and Windows RT apps available in the Windows Store. We will go over some stats for the Windows Store, including the top five paid apps and top five free apps. This is yet another post in our feature called “Windows Store Sunday” where we highlight what’s going on with the Windows Store.
As of November 10th, there are 125,910 apps in the Windows Store, an increase of 980 apps in just one week. It appears that the Windows Store saw a slow uptake of new apps this week, with only 980 apps this time around. The top free apps this week includes the official Facebook app, which was released alongside the Windows 8.1 update on October 17th and continues to be the number one free app. Other apps on the top-free list include Fresh Paint, Netflix, and Skype. The top-paid apps have a few new apps on the list this week.
The official Facebook app, which was released on the same day of the Windows 8.1 (on October 17), has received some new features in the past week. Some of the new features include the ability to share posts through messages and timeline, download photos and make them as profile photo and set as lock screen options after opening pictures from any post, send pictures in messages, and more.
Microsoft rolled out some big updates to the Music and Video apps for Windows 8.1 this week, adding bug fixes and a few new features. The Music app earned a few new major features, such as the ability to pause and play a track with a single tap from the new always-visible playback controls, and the ability to use the Share charm in Windows 8.1 to create a playlist from a website. The Video app features an improved layout for TV show extra episodes, as well as improvements for portrait mode and high resolution screens.
Minor updates for the TeamViewer Touch app and Yahoo Mail app for Windows 8.1 were also released this week.
Microsoft announced this past week that they are unifying the registration experience between both Windows Store and Windows Phone Store, meaning developers can develop apps for both platforms under one Microsoft account. Windows 8 developers can submit apps in the Windows Phone Store, and Windows Phone developers can develop for Windows 8.
And now, lets take a look at the top five free apps in the United States based on popularity:
Here are the top five paid apps currently in the Windows Store:
- Bejeweled LIVE
- Know Your Body
- Crash Course Go
- Hydro Thunder Hurricane
- Candy Crush Saga – Strategy Guide
Stay tuned for next week’s Windows Store highlight!