Windows RT is a great product for those who want a different tablet experience. It features Live Tiles, and it serves as the core aesthetic of the software. It’s a unique take on widgets. Simple information is displayed, such as how many unread emails you have. But the convenient thing is that when you tap on the Tile, it goes straight to the app.
However, many people are apprehensive about Windows RT because of the lack of apps. But do you really need to browse through a store of 800,000 apps? You only need the essentials right? And Windows RT has those essentials.
Let’s take a look at some of the core apps of Windows RT that can give you a wonderful experience.
This app acts as the primary social networking hub of your Windows RT tablet. It has a very simple interface where you can see lots of information.
You can link your social networking accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google to the app. Afterwards you can view your Facebook friend’s posts right from People! Basically, it consolidates everything without you having to open certain apps just to check on updates.
FBTouch is the best third party Facebook app for Windows 8/RT. That’s because Facebook hasn’t released an official app. But not to worry; FBTouch looks so nice it looks like Facebook made it.
You’ll find the menu buttons up top, such as News Feed, Notifications, Messages and Friends. You’ll find your online friends on the right side so you can easily chat with them. The rest of the screen is dedicated to showing whatever menu you’ve chosen, such as News Feed.
Similar to FBTouch, MetroTwit is a third party Twitter client because there’s no official Twitter app. Again, this is the best you can find among the other Twitter clients because of its easy to use interface and ease of replying, retweeting and direct messaging.
You can create lists and do all the things you can do on your Twitter profile on the desktop version of this app.
Xbox Music and Video
These two apps will basically serve as your portal to entertainment. They act as a music player and video player, along with being an online store. You can purchase songs, whole albums, movies and TV shows all without leaving the app.
Similar to People, it’s an all – in – one hub. You can create playlists and even preview songs before purchasing them. You can also save them on your cloud storage for listening on other devices.
Windows already comes with Bing. But what if you’re a big fan of that other search engine? Well, there’s an official app for that, luckily.
The Google app works as a simple search app. You search for the things you want, just like on a web browser and you’re done!
How much easier can it get?
Since you’re using Windows RT already, you might as well sign up for SkyDrive.
It’s basically Microsoft’s cloud storage service, similar to Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud. With SkyDrive, you’ll be able to store your songs, pictures, documents and other files that you need to access when you’re out somewhere.
It’s a wonderful cloud storage service that integrates well with other Microsoft services, such as Xbox Music and Video.
There are many other Windows RT apps out there, but these should get everyone going immediately.
All in all, Windows RT has a great interface, especially for those who are heavily invested in Microsoft’s services already. If you’re looking for a more complete experience, you can get a full Windows 8 tablet instead of just RT.