Load up on apps from the Windows Store
Windows 8 and Windows RT give you access to the Windows Store, where you can discover a new world of apps for your PC. Just tap or click the Store tile and start exploring. Filter by price, rating, and more. Many apps are free. Others let you try before you buy. So explore and load up on apps—the more you have, the more you can do.
Apps work together
Things that used to take lots of different programs to do now flow together in one simple experience. Use the Photos app to see all your photos from Facebook and Flickr, and then upload them to your blog or send them to friends via email—all without ever leaving the app.
Get to the controls the same way in every app. Just swipe up from the bottom edge or right click with a mouse, and the app commands pop right up. Searching is the same in every app, too—use the Search charm no matter what app you're using to find things within the app, on your PC, or on the web.
Ready to roll: Your basic apps
Windows gives you apps for the basics and a lot more. Apps like People, Mail, Photos, and Messaging power you through essential tasks and work together to make everything easier.
Get email from your accounts—including Outlook, Gmail, and Yahoo!—all in one place.
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See the latest info and start conversations with contacts from your email accounts, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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See your photos and videos in one place, whether they're on Facebook, Flickr, SkyDrive, or another PC.
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Send messages to a unified list of your Facebook and Messenger friends—includes hundreds of emoticons.
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Included with your PC or free from the Windows Store, Skype lets you do things together when you’re apart, with voice, video, and IM.