What really is the point of bragging about your new shiny, new Windows Phone if you can’t show off your cool apps? Without a doubt, the apps are what define a phone now.

Within a deluge of apps, I have selected 40+ of the most useful, beautiful and productive ones that will enhance you phone’s usability and your entire user experience. Let’s get started!

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway. I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@limenet
@dannydpx
@Alex77toy
@sharma1118
@clausmunch

Congratulations again to the lucky winners — please get in touch at windows [at] appstorm [dot] net. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions and giveaways!

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Programs that start automatically with Windows can be useful – it saves you from having to manually launch apps you want to use straight away such as a chat client, for example – but there can also be a darker side.

Install a large number of apps on your computer and the number of startup programs can reach a level that means performance starts to be compromised. There is also the possibility that viruses and malware can install themselves a startup item, so it’s important that you monitor which program are in your list of automatic runners.

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If you want to write any kind of novel — a literary masterpiece, a potboiler, or even fan fiction — you’ll need all the help that you can get. Applications that have been specifically designed for writing novels exist to make writing them easier.

One such application that has gained prominence on the Macintosh is Scrivener, by Literature and Latte. Scrivener has ported their flagship product to Microsoft Windows.

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Microsoft made some major changes to Windows Explorer with the release of Windows 8. They finally brought the once hated, but now popular, ribbon interface to the built-in Explorer app. The ribbon toolbar was almost universally panned when it debuted in Office 2007, but by the time Office 2010 rolled around customers had become familiar with it and actually began to at least accept it if not flat out like it.

That is a good thing because the interface isn’t going anywhere — we already know it is included in Office 2013 and Microsoft has also added it to the Windows 8 Explorer app as well.

However, one thing that the Redmond, Washington-based company failed to add was a tab feature. Ironically that seems to be almost universally considered the number one most requested feature by Windows users, thanks to familiarity with web browser interfaces.

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We find ourselves in an interesting transitional period. For those who have just switched to Windows 8 from Windows 7 or below, the sudden absence of the start menu is jarring. We feel lost, and just don’t know how to work the operating system as effectively as we did before.

Now, for the most part, a lot of us have learned to operate anew, but for a lot more of us there’s still that itch. That itching to keep the start menu around for a little while longer. Pokki’s here to scratch that itch.

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In modern society, social networks have become the norm. Gone are the days of basic communication — we like to share everything else with the world over the web now. Nowadays, I never have to check the news or even look outside my window for the weather – I’m sure that someone’s “Tweeting” about it. However, social networks do take different forms and the majority of us use a few different networks.

Although, keeping in control of every single one is often a hard task. Fliptoast is a brand new Windows 8 app which combines four of the biggest social networks into one easy to use application. Bringing together Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn makes Fliptoast a powerful app which will save you the trouble of navigation and organization.

Read on to find out more!

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So you have finally decided to trade in your old desktop or notebook PC for a new model. But before you resell or recycle it, you need to ensure that none of the personal data stored on your PC gets into the hands of whoever uses it next.

The quick way, of course, is to just format your hard drive. But if you are reselling the device, deleting Windows 7 or any older version of the OS will diminish its value; after all, your buyer wants a fully functional PC too.

Don’t worry, you can get rid of all your data with the help of a few apps. And don’t forget to back up your data first. Use an external drive, or better still a cloud storage application, to store your important files and documents. Google Drive and Dropbox are great for general storage, while professional solutions like Hightail or Zoho Docs are perfect for secure document storage and management.

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Much of my life revolves around music. Whenever I use my computer, I have music on, and when outside I usually use a portable media player. Unlike most people, I listen to whole albums instead of random songs, and my music collection is organized by bands and their albums.

With Jaangle, formerly named Teen Spirit, I found a free, light and fast piece of software, which satisfies all my needs. Don’t let the simple looks of this player fool you, because Jaangle is an incredible and reliable music player.

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Joukuu Brings Together Multiple Cloud Storage Services

How many cloud storage services do you use? If you’re anything like me, you probably have files scattered across numerous different services and have to move between apps or web sites to find what you’re looking for.

Joukuu is a service that makes it possible to access multiple online storage services from one place so you can manage all of your backups and files without the need to have several clients installed or to constantly switch between web sites.

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