10 Low-Cost Apps to Download After Installing Windows 10

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-07-28
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Low-Cost Apps to Download After Installing Windows 10

    A number of third-party applications, including file and folder management as well as productivity apps, will be ready to go when Windows 10 launches.
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    Free: Adobe's Photoshop Express for Image Tweaks
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    Free: Adobe's Photoshop Express for Image Tweaks

    Windows 10 users looking to make some quick tweaks to the operating system should try out Adobe's Photoshop Express. The photo editing app, which is available for free, allows users to quickly load photos into the software to make basic tweaks. The app, which does not come close to offering the same features in the full PhotoShop, is also touch-compatible so it works on tablets as well as larger computers.
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    Paid: Password Locker for Additional Security
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    Paid: Password Locker for Additional Security

    Password Locker is among the many low-cost security utilities available today that help users manage computer and application security. The app will store users' important login information, as well as receipts and password data. Perhaps most importantly, the app also has a built-in password generator to help users create extremely sophisticated credentials for important applications. Password Locker costs $1.99.
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    Free: Microsoft SmartGlass Enables PCs to Control the Xbox Console
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    Free: Microsoft SmartGlass Enables PCs to Control the Xbox Console

    Microsoft's SmartGlass is an app for those who have a PC and Xbox One and want those two devices to talk to each other. With SmartGlass, users can connect to and control their Xbox One console, track game player achievements and purchase Xbox games online. And since the Xbox One can double as a media box, users can also control their televisions from the PC through SmartGlass.
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    Paid: 8 Zip Archives, Encrypts Files
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    Paid: 8 Zip Archives, Encrypts Files

    Those who want to quickly archive important files and encrypt them at the same time should try out 8 Zip. The app, which costs $7.99, creates archive files in several formats, including ZIP and TAR, and encrypts them in AES-256. Files can also be added or deleted with ease from 8 Zip archives, making it a far more useful tool than those built into the operating system.
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    Free: Manage Your Personal Finances With Mint
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    Free: Manage Your Personal Finances With Mint

    The free Mint personal finance software has long been one of the more appealing and popular apps, and it's ready for Windows 10. The application includes support for a range of banks and automatically adds statements to its number-crunching features. Mint also includes suggestions on how to budget cash and provides alerts when bills are due. It's a great personal finance app for anyone seeking more control over his or her budget. Image 5: Please use this image:
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    Paid: The Uniqueness of Templates of PowerPoint
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    Paid: The Uniqueness of Templates of PowerPoint

    Creating effective PowerPoint presentation on a Windows PC isn't always easy, and that's where Templates of PowerPoint comes in handy. The app, which is available for $7.99, lets users access a wide range of PowerPoint templates and modify them with custom features based on the topic. The app has received extremely positive reviews for its solid designs and ease-of-integration with PowerPoint.
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    Free: Follow the News, Social Media With Flipboard
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    Free: Follow the News, Social Media With Flipboard

    Flipboard is one of the most useful applications for news seekers and those who spend considerable time on social networks. The app essentially integrates all of the latest feeds from social and news sites and delivers them in a neat package. Users can then check out what's going on in the world, save stories they're interested in for later, and more. And since it's free, there's no reason not to try out Flipboard.
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    Paid: Keep Track of Work Hours With Time Master & Billing
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    Paid: Keep Track of Work Hours With Time Master & Billing

    Companies that want a bit more control over their time tracking should consider checking out Time Master & Billing, a $9.99 app that works for companies of all sizes. The app lets companies keep track of employee time, and employees can easily input their worked hours and a description of their activities. Time Master & Billing will also help companies offload their timesheets for inclusion in invoices. It's a nice app for any company that needs to keep track of employees.
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    Free: Wunderlist Keeps You on Task
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    Free: Wunderlist Keeps You on Task

    Wunderlist is arguably one of the most useful and full-featured to-do lists in the application space. The free app, which is used by millions on all major platforms, helps users keep track of themselves and automatically alerts them whenever something is coming up. Wunderlist also includes a paid enterprise version for project managers to keep employees on task.
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    Paid: Files & Folders Pro Streamlines Archive Management
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    Paid: Files & Folders Pro Streamlines Archive Management

    Although Microsoft has touted its enhanced handling of files and folders, the $7.99 Files & Folders Pro may just do a better job. The app lets users manage files and folders and extract archives, but it also helps folks keep track of their OneDrive and Dropbox files and folders. The app even includes a feature that provides video and image previews and the ability to quickly copy, move, rename and delete folders. Think of Files & Folders Pro as a high-end file-management platform that goes above and beyond what one would find in the standard Windows 10 build.
 

With the release of Windows 10 just a day away, many Windows 7 and Windows 8 users will soon start installing the new operating system on their current computers or buying up new PCs that bundle the platform. This will be a good time for Windows 10 to add some new apps to get the most productivity out of the operating system. Windows 10 will, of course, come with some built-in apps that will provide easy access to email and news, but there are many outstanding third-party apps, available right now, that will be ready to go when Windows 10 launches on July 29. This slide show highlights some of the applications that might be worth adding to your Windows 10 devices after the operating system launches. These apps include file and folder management, personal finance management and a variety of productivity apps. Read on to find out which of these apps will be available for download from the Windows Store once you get the operating system up and running.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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