Even though Windows 8 is still in its infancy, the launch of the Windows 8 Apps Store Beta means that there are some great apps available to download to let you get a feel for what the future of Windows will be like.
10 great apps that you should download for Windows 8
Remember, these are only demo apps so far, once Windows 8 proper launches later in the year there will be thousands more apps to chose from and we'll update our chart accordingly.
1. Bing Weather
Microsoft's built-in Bing Weather app is a beauty. On the front page, a six-day forecast stands out against an atmospheric background, while the app's back pages provide hourly weather, maps, and stats.
Endomondo's Windows 8 app is a companion to its mobile software, which uses GPS tracking to keep stats on users' runs and bike rides. This app brings those stats to the big screen and lets users look at their friends' workout progress as well as their own.
3. Ashampoo ImageFX
This simple image editor lets you apply photo effects such as blur, emboss, jitter, sepia, and grayscale. It's a little too basic at the moment, but it will definitely be a winner if the developers continue to add new effects and filters.
You didn't think Microsoft was going to work with Google on a YouTube app, did you? Still, Vimeo does just fine, with nine-by-nine grids of Web video to choose from.
Don't be fooled by iCookbook's name. This recipe app embraces the Metro-style, with tantalizing food photos and a long, horizontally-scrolling list of culinary categories. Each recipe step is spelled out in large font -- perfect for bringing into the kitchen with you.
Though Grantophone was originally designed for touchscreens, it's also fun to use with a mouse. Grantophone lets you jam out with all kinds of customisable synth tunes--just throw on your favourite 80's throwback band in the background and provide some extra melodies.
7. SigFig Investments
SigFig isn't just another stock ticker app. It's a service that imports your online investment portfolios and then provides detailed performance data, analytics, and recommendations. Thanks to this app, you can watch your investments flounder in style.
8. MusixMatch Lyrics
No more looking for song lyrics on sketchy Websites with obnoxious pop-up ads. MusixMatch presents lyrics to millions of songs in a clean Metro-style Windows 8 app, along with biographies and discographies. It can also sync with your local music library. Just one problem: The app links to YouTube for popular songs, but YouTube videos won't play in Metro-style Internet Explorer 10.
Doodleinator is an animation creator--a fun way to waste time, but it could use some more editing options (such as the ability to rearrange frames). When you're finished creating your animation, you can upload it to Facebook or save it as a local file on your device.
10. Slacker Radio
A textbook Metro-style app, Slacker's Internet radio service assaults the eyes with recommended stations, artist bios, album reviews, and song lyrics -- all blocked out into big, horizontally-scrolling lists. It runs nicely side-by-side with other apps, letting you switch tracks and highlight favourite songs as you work on other tasks.