1. Have Heart's Avatar
    I don't find any thread talking about top apps that every surface rt user need to have. Can anyone tell me what apps i need? any app to see movies with srt subtitles or listening to music, it is possible to install Windows media player?
    04-21-2014 11:46 AM
  2. Guytronic's Avatar
    Hi there.
    To say the truth I haven't been too excited about apps available for the RT.
    There's no way I know of to get WMP.
    Media apps are pretty much lacking in the store.

    Far as apps needed depends on you.

    My main apps are:
    Skype
    OneDrive
    Word
    IE or UC browsers

    Not much else honestly.

    Have fun!
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    04-21-2014 12:00 PM
  3. Have Heart's Avatar
    But someone told me in the future will be available more apps because of the windows phone apps right? Or what is going to happen?
    Last edited by Have Heart; 04-21-2014 at 03:28 PM.
    04-21-2014 01:01 PM
  4. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    But someone told me in the future will be available more apps because of the windows phone apps right? Or what is going to happen?
    Whoever told you that was indulging in a bit of wishful thinking. Microsoft recently presented a cross-platform development architecture that is supposed to allow developers to easily develop apps for multiple platforms. Microsoft has made similar promises in the past. None of them have been very successful. Not only for technical reasons but because it requires developers to get on board with the program.

    All that to say, unfortunately there is no relief in sight for the application situation for Windows RT.

    Other people have taken the comment by Microsoft of their plan to merge the Windows Phone and Windows app stores as a sign of apps being cross platform. But technically all that means is that there will be a single store that will filter apps displayed depending upon the device browsing the store.
    04-21-2014 03:36 PM
  5. inteller's Avatar
    there are already Windows universal apps in the store and there will be more coming.

    Get with the times.
    04-22-2014 01:39 PM
  6. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    there are already Windows universal apps in the store and there will be more coming.

    Get with the times.
    Sorry skooter, the apps that are currently in the app store are NOT universal.
    04-22-2014 04:50 PM
  7. Wojciech Antonik's Avatar
    • comics
    • adobe reader
    • bing news / nextgen reader
    • netflix / hulu
    • multimedia 8
    • amazon kindle
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    04-23-2014 02:35 AM
  8. onlysublime's Avatar
    reddhub for reddit.
    news bento ̣̣newsreader
    camcard for business cards.
    skitch touch. for annotating pictures, diagrams
    vlc. video/audio
    toolbox.
    network speed test
    pc monitor
    iheartradio, tunein, pradio, netflix, vevo, nick, tmz
    theChive, wonderwall
    nbcnews, espn (has ESPN insider content for free as well!!!)
    trackage, amazon, newegg
    here maps, skyscanner, flightaware
    winbeta, wikipedia, techcrunch
    perfect365, photofunia, face goo
    text now

    there are a bunch of nice games as well. pinball fx2. pac man championship edition. despicable me minion run, rayman jungle run. rayman fiesta run. microsoft minesweeper, microsoft mahjong, microsoft solitaire collection, microsoft taptiles, supermarket mania 2, halo spartan assault, jetpack joyride, endless skater, asphalt airborne 8, the gunstringer, hexic, uno & friends, world series of poker, cut the rope, wordament, emu7800, snes8x

    there's a bunch if you're willing to look. If you only want big-name apps that are also on other platforms (stuff like netflix, hulu, kindle, instagram, etc.), you'll find a lot of gaps. But if you're willing to just look for apps, there's some gems out there that people on other platforms don't have. it doesn't have to be a crossplatform app to be good.
    04-24-2014 12:41 AM
  9. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    The following are the apps that I have - most of them I do use from time to time - obviously, some more than others!

    Skype
    OneDrive
    Office (OneNote in Modern UI mode)
    IE
    Adobe reader/ Foxit
    Bing News / Nextgen reader/ Flipboard/ News Republic/ News Bento
    Tube Save/ YouTube Player/ Metro Tube
    Reddhub
    Metro Media Player/ Media Monkey/ Metro Commander/ Multimedia 8 (still looking for that one "excellent" pure media playing app!)
    Bing Travel/ Expedia Hotels/ Wego Travel/ Trip Advisor
    Bing Food and Drink
    Freda Reader/ Fiction Book Reader Lite/ Book Bazaar Reader
    Twitter
    Currency Converter
    Clock (I forget the exact name)
    HP Scan and Capture
    Here Maps
    Reading List
    Viber (though I have never used it on my Surface 2)
    Chess (Lv 100)
    BT WiFi
    Fresh Paint (though I have never really used it)
    Netflix (for when I sign up!!!!)
    Windows Phone (though I think I may uninstall this)

    The one app that I am waiting for - but there is no sign of it coming - is the one from my Bank (Barclays, UK). They have an app for Win Phone which is very good (and which I do use), but it would great if I could have it on my Surface 2! When I had asked them late last year, they said they were working on it (I think they were lying). They also have an app for the iPad, which I also use from time to time.

    Edit: Notice that none of the apps that I have listed are apps that I have bought. They are all free unlike what I did at the Apple Store (for my iPad) where I spent around 15 within the first 30 minutes after setting up the device. In the Apple store, I basically bought a PDF app (actually two of them), and a couple of other productivity apps (the names of which I forget). Odd isn't it!!!! But I hope to correct the situation shortly as I just got a MS Store Card which I can use for both my Surface 2 and my Win Phone!!!!
    Last edited by kristalsoldier; 04-24-2014 at 04:07 PM.
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    04-24-2014 08:47 AM
  10. Have Heart's Avatar
    Thank you guys!

    Anyone know if it is possible to run any program to scrobbling my tracks to last fm? I use lastfm so it is important to me. And any news from vlc team ? Any release date about vlc surface rt version?
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    04-24-2014 04:10 PM
  11. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    Thank you guys!

    Anyone know if it is possible to run any program to scrobbling my tracks to last fm? I use lastfm so it is important to me. And any news from vlc team ? Any release date about vlc surface rt version?
    That's a question many people are asking and there aren't any tangible answers yet. Of course, VLC has released a Modern UI app for the Win 8.1 x86 platform, but I have not installed it because I already have their non-MUI version, which is stable and works just fine unlike their latest venture.
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    04-24-2014 06:08 PM
  12. Have Heart's Avatar
    I'll wait then. Thanks

    I don't want to create another thread so ill ask here. It is possible to add IE metro version to task bar? The option is there but when i click to add IE to the taskbar they add IE desktop version and i don't want that. Thanks
    04-25-2014 03:21 AM
  13. onlysublime's Avatar
    yeah, I wish you could pin the Metro IE to the taskbar as well... hopefully they fix that.

    as for VLC on Windows RT, they did say they want to do that. but they're not a huge team. they still need to work on the x86 version to make it better. I can't wait for the Xbox One version (which they strongly hinted many times)!

    I've never been a fan of VLC on desktop x86. I'd rather install codecs and have universal support through all the video players rather than having codecs built into only VLC and using VLC for everything. I like having full codec support for Media Player Classic, etc. However, I do recognize that VLC is excellent which is why I'm anxious for a Windows RT version as media players on that are lacking (especially with MKV support).
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    04-25-2014 03:29 AM
  14. kristalsoldier's Avatar
    Can anyone make a list of the best PAID apps - NO Game Apps though - for the RT platform?
    04-25-2014 12:53 PM

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