17 best apps to download for your new Windows 8 tablet

Don't waste time with your new Windows 8 tablet slogging through the Windows Store: We've already found the best Windows 8 starter apps

By Brad Chacos, PC World |  Consumerization of IT, windows 8, Windows 8 apps

The popular Pulse News reader (and its vast library of sources) is also available on Windows 8, but it has a few more negatives than News Bento. The dark aesthetic is slightly jarring compared to the general modern UI feel, and the app itself is little more than a shell for the Pulse web app--you can't even share stories with the Share charm. It works fine as a basic newsreader, however, and you can log in to your Pulse News account to create a seamless reading experience across Windows 8 and Pulse's Web, Android and iOS apps--which is why I personally picked the Pulse app for my PC.

Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook

If your tastes skew more towards long form than quick web hits, the universal Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook apps have made the leap to Live Tiles, bringing all the synchronized bookmarks and deep e-book catalogs you've come to expect along for the ride. Both are outstanding apps for outstanding services; if you've already invested in one of the two platforms, that's the one you should download.

Skype

C'mon, it's Skype! The Windows 8 app works well Snapped to one side of the screen, and it takes advantage of its favored status--Skype is owned by Microsoft--to integrate with the contacts in your People hub. You don't have to leave the app open to receive its benefits, though; it pops up a notification if you're in another app and somebody wants to chat, and the Skype Live Tile updates to show missed calls and new IMs alike--just in case you're AFK when a friend tries reaching out. Skype is everything a Windows 8 app should be.

IM+

The native Messaging app doesn't include support for most of the top instant messaging services out there, including Google Talk, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo Messenger, or Jabber. IM+ does, while also offering the same Facebook and Windows Messenger IM functionality as the native Messaging app--and it pops up a notification when somebody pings you on any of said services. In other words, it's head and shoulders above Microsoft's baked-in solution.

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