Windows 8, the long awaited new operating system from Microsoft finally here. Windows 8 is all about the apps, so it’s important to find the best ones for your unique needs. Clicking on the Windows Store icon on the Start Screen will jump you straight into a huge collection of free and paid for apps, all of which are designed specifically for the new Metro UI interface.

Here 12 top apps you should install first once you have yours Windows 8 up and running.

Multimedia 8 »

windows 8 app - multimedia 8
Unleash the power of Windows 8 with Multimedia 8, a free media application that allows you to access network media, load subtitles, convert media files, play 3D video, capture from external devices and much more! Multimedia 8 makes it easy to browse your music, video and playlists, for instance. In a a touch you can access files on a media server or the web.

FlipToast »

windows 8 app - fliptoast
FlipToast serves up an always on connection to your online social life. Interact and engage with your friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram in a whole new way. Share your experiences from anywhere on the device – directly using FlipToast. Never miss an update from your social graph through the live tile. Discover relevant content from your network using our social search. Update your status, share photo memories, engage with posts and tweets by liking, commenting, tweeting and much more.

Amazon Metro for Windows 8 »

windows 8 app - amazon metro
Amazon for Windows 8 helps customers discover the latest deals, best selling products and new services on Amazon. Navigate easily to Amazon’s website to complete purchases.

Music »

windows 8 app - xbox music
Xbox Music brings you all the music you love in one easy-to-use app. Play and manage music from your personal collection and browse and buy songs from the Xbox Music Store. Instantly stream millions of songs free on your Windows 8 device. Or get an Xbox Music Pass for unlimited access to music across all your devices.

Slacker Radio »

windows 8 app - slacker radio
Slacker Radio has more personalized content than any other radio service. Slacker Radio offers millions of songs and lets you personalize the content with the click of a button. You can also create your own stations starting with search and share your custom creations with your friends. Get the ultimate in music discovery while you listen with detailed artist biographies and in-depth album reviews.

Remote Desktop »

windows 8 app remote desktop
Need to tap into another Windows PC to grab a file? The new Metro-style Remote Desktop app enables you to conveniently access your PC and all of your corporate resources from anywhere. Experience rich interactivity with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.

OneNote MX »

windows 8 app onenote mx
Take notes that save to the cloud so you have them when you need them. When you sign into the app with your Microsoft ID (Windows Live ID), it will automatically connect to any existing OneNote notebooks that you’ve stored on SkyDrive.

Whether you draw, type, click, or swipe, this app will shine on your Windows 8 device. On the go? Use a browser or one of the many OneNote mobile apps to get to your notes when you need them.

Evernote »

windows 8 app evernote
Evernote is an easy-to-use, free app that helps you remember everything across all of your devices. You can create a note on your Windows 8 tablet, and then open it on your smartphone or any other devices you use. Your Evernote account will synchronize between your Windows 8 device, smartphone, tablet and the Web, allowing you to find your memories at any time from anywhere. Evernote runs on laptops, smartphones, tablets and the Web, allowing you to find your memories at any time from anywhere. Stay organized, save your ideas and improve productivity.

Groupon for Windows 8 »

windows 8 app groupon
See your daily Groupon deals on this simple and beautiful app for your Windows 8 tablet, Surface, and desktops. Quickly browse deals in one shot. Grouped by city, getaway and online deals.

Skype for Windows 8 »

windows 8 app skype
Stay informed about what’s happening with your friends through video and voice calls and instant messaging, all from one app. So, no matter if you’re on a PC, Windows Phone, Mac, tablet, iPhone or Android device, Skype keeps you connected and always available.

Google Search »

Google Search for Windows 8
Google Search for Windows 8 provides the same basic features in the iOS app. The Google Search app for Windows is not only a search app, but also a portal to other Google services, including Gmail, Calendar, Maps, Drive and Reader. You get a nice, big, touch-friend search box, providing you with access to the world’s most popular search engine.

Daily Wallpapers for Windows 8 »

Daily Wallpapers for Windows 8
Daily Wallpapers brings you fresh images every day, and helps you change the background image on your Lock screen. Take photos and create a new account profile picture or just hit the slideshow button and watch the beautiful pictures come alive. With a simple click on a command on the app bar, you can set an image as the background of your Windows 8 Lock screen, helping to bring your favorite images to you, every time turning on your PC.