Top 3 Free and Paid Windows 8.1 Apps Available in the Windows Store

If you are one of the Windows users who have recently upgraded to Microsoft’s latest launch – Windows 8.1 operating system, then you must be delighted to know that the Windows Store has recently registered a huge total of 133, 281 apps, after an addition of 2, 389 apps in only a single week. Therefore, if you have been downloading multiple free as well as paid apps from the Windows Store for so long, this is the time to cheer up, as there are a large number of options for you now in each category of apps. As per the stats, Facebook snags the top spot in the huge category of free apps, whilst Asphalt 7 Heat holds up the top spot in the category of paid apps.


Let us take a brief look at the top 3 free as well as top 3 paid apps in the Windows Store:

Top 3 Free Apps

Undoubtedly, it feels very happy when you get something free of cost, especially when you are in need of that particular thing. Talking about Microsoft’s products and services (which are not at all free), the availability of free apps in the Windows Store certainly makes the users happy. The top 3 free apps in the Windows Store are:



Facebook is the most popular and therefore, the social network with the highest number of active users. The app in the Windows Store is available with a quote, “Keeping up with your friends is easier than ever with the official Facebook app.” In addition to being compatible with x86, x64, and ARM processors, the apps is now available with a number of newly added features mentioned below:

  • Select and set cover photo
  • Select and set profile photo
  • Upload photos to specific album
  • Touch Scroll bar to scroll to top
  • Photos and status tagging

Pandora Win 8


Pandora is an Online Radio service that plays only the music you like. Therefore, if you are a Radio lover, Pandora is a lovable freeware Windows 8.1 app for you. You can tune the app based on your interest and listen to the music you like. In the Windows Store, Pandora has got 4/5 stars as the rating with the processor compatibility ranging x86, x64, and ARM. Following are the features its offers:

  • Discover and listen to the music you love
  • Offers integrated search
  • While studying, switch on to snapped mode



In case you often miss your favorite TV serial episodes, Netflix plays them for you on the go. Additionally, you can watch movies on this TV subscription app for Windows 8.1. Based upon the number of downloads and user reviews, the app has managed to be rated 4 out of 5. Just as other apps in the Windows Store, it requires x86, x64, or ARM processor for flawless telecast, which is free for one month of subscription.

Top 3 Paid Apps

Since not everything is available free of cost, the same is applicable for Windows 8.1 apps available in the Windows Store. You have to pay for some useful apps; top 3 in the category of paid apps are listed below:

Asphalt 7: Heat

Asphalt 7

Asphalt, the famous car racing game is now available in its 7th version – Heat. The app features multiplayer mode, and is not subject to Xbox LIVE parental settings, but Microsoft shared gamertags and User IDs. Besides, the game has 15 real-like track based on various cities across the world. Its system requirements are:

  • Windows 8.1
  • RAM 1 GB
  • Direct X 9.1
  • Processor: ARM, x64, x86

Fruit Ninja


Fruit Ninja, designed and developed by Halfbrick Studios Pty Ltd. snags the second spot in the category of paid apps available in the Windows Store. The app is compatible with Windows 8.1 running on 2 GB of RAM, 2GHz x86, or x64 processor, and Direct X 9 with WDDM 1.0 drivers. The game has 3 different modes, i.e. Classic, Arcade, and Zen, and you have to carve, splash, and splatter your way through piles of a number of colorful fruits.

Angry Birds Star Wars


Angry Birds is one of the most popular games available today for smart devices based on touch interface. The game is based on desperate rebel birds facing off the evil imperial pigs in the Star Wars Universe. Previously, the game has been available in different modes as well. Enjoy the newer version of the game for epic adventures.

Well, though a number of free and paid apps are available in the Windows Store, download the ones you are interested in. In addition, keep waiting for Microsoft to add more.


Alex helps people better understand computer related problem and make them able to recover themselves. Alex is a guest contributor to Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

Posted in: Windows 8 , Windows Phone
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