The Best Windows 10 Apps for Beginners

Check out our 10 favorite streamlined apps for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile

These truly useful Windows 10 apps will help you get more done, your way.

Looking for an awesomely useful Windows app? Our favorites, and what we believe are the best Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile apps, include those that keep you apprised of the weather, help you to manage your recipes, view the stars, manage to do lists, correct your grammar and spelling, keep your studies in order, and even help you learn to meditate, to name a few. Each of these apps are available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile unless noted.

A screen shot of the My Radar app.
My Radar. AcmeAtronOmaticLLC

Just open this Windows app, allow it to pin down your location, and then view the weather radar for your area. Use your finger to scroll and zoom to see what’s coming and how close it is. You can also get a quick view of temperatures around the country, as well as overlay of cloud cover, and there are options to configure weather alerts. We consider this one of the most essential Windows apps.

What we like:

  • Simple to use
  • Animated and real-time results
  • High-definition weather radar gives pinpoint accuracy

What we don't like:

  • You have to double-click to access a city (when it seems like a single click or tap would work)

Cost:

  • Free
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A screen shot of the Relax Lite Windows app.
Relax Lite. Saagara LLC

This app makes it easy to take a few minutes out of your day to relax. Just launch the app and choose your theme. If you plan to look at the app while you relax this is important, so make sure it matches the mood you want to achieve. Then, choose Quick Start, Breathing, or Meditation. The free meditation is 5 minutes long, which is a good amount of time for beginners.

What we like:

  • Narrator’s voice is soothing
  • Themes offer choice of music
  • The app has large arrows that make moving around in the app easy

What we don't like:

  • No push notifications to remind you to relax or meditate

Cost:

  • Free
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A picture of the Recipe Keeper app for Windows
Recipe Keeper. Tudorspan Limited

Use this all-in-one recipe organizer to keep your recipes (up to 20 with the free version), along with shopping lists and meal planners together in a single place.

Once you’ve added the recipes you want you can sort them by category. Categories include Breakfast, Dinner, Main Dish, and Snack. Use the built-in timer to keep from having to switch apps while cooking, and to keep your recipe upfront and available. This is on our list of Windows top free apps.

What we like:

  • Adding ingredients to the shopping list with one click
  • Ability to change the text size of recipes and other lists
  • Ability to edit recipes even if you found them on the internet

What we don't like:

  • Too few results when searching for recipes
  • Difficult to turn off timer after it goes off (we had to close the app)

Cost:

  • Free
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A screen shot of the SkyMap Free app for Windows.
SkyMap Free. Deneb Soft

Whether you’re out camping, are a casual observer, or consider yourself an amateur astronomer, this app can be most useful in finding what’s above you at any given moment. Just open this 3-D app and point it at the sky to see stars, constellations, planets, and other space objects in real time. The app repositions itself as you move your device around or zoom in or out, which makes sitting and browsing the sky easy and fun.

What we like:

  • You can click on any item to see a description of it
  • Night Mode makes the app easier to see at night

What we don't like:

  • Lack of additional features

Cost:

  • Free
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A screen shot of the Wunderlist app for Windows.
Wunderlist. 6 Wunderkinder GmbH

Keep your to-do lists organized and at your fingertips. The easy-to-use interface makes it simple to add a task. Just tap, type, and add. You can choose from the many available backgrounds to create the look you want, too. If you desire, you can create shared lists and add others; this enables you to get help completing the tasks you’ve created. Finally, you can opt to get notifications as items in a shared list are completed by others.

What we like:

  • One-step process to add a task
  • No configuration necessary to use basic features
  • Additional settings are easy to access from the arrow by your name

What we don't like:

  • You are prompted to log in with a Microsoft account whether you want to create shared lists or not

Cost:

  • Free
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A screen shot of the Grammarly for Edge app.
Grammarly for Edge. Microsoft

Grammarly, for the Edge Browser, checks everything you type for proper grammar. It works in messages and social media posts, and anywhere else you’d type on the web. It checks for spelling, grammar (even subject/verb agreement), and can bring perfection to your posts, documents, and more. This is a member of our most useful apps list.

What we like:

  • It’s a web extension for Microsoft from Microsoft
  • Checks context for errors involving words like affect/effect and lie/lay
  • Corrects errors in modifier placement and article use

What we don't like:

  • It’s only available for PC (not Windows 10 Mobile)
  • After you register you get weekly emails by default
  • The Premium extension is over $10 a month

Cost:

  • Free
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A screen shot of the My Study Lfe app.
My Study Life. My Study Life

Make your classes and study schedule easier to manage with this cross-platform app that syncs data across your devices. Manage homework and exams, find conflicts, and view data in a sleek, clean interface. Although it does take some effort to manually enter all of your personal data, the end result is worth it.

What we like:

  • Easy to input and edit schedule data
  • Offers different views including calendar blocks or lists
  • Offers four easy to access sections including Today, Tasks, Classes, and Exams

What we don't like:

  • We had trouble signing in. Clicking Help offered no solutions

Cost:

  • Free
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A screen shot of the Duo Lingo app.
Duo Lingo. Duolingo Inc

The best way to learn a new language is to practice every day. Duo Lingo lets you do that from wherever you are.

Duo Lingo include the most common languages like Spanish, and French, but it has a surprisingly long list of languages you can learn. It’s perfect for long commutes on public transit or quick bursts of learning throughout the day.

What we like:

  • During setup you’re prompted to set a goal for how often you’ll practice
  • Lesson 1 starts immediately
  • Pictures are used to match words to make learning easy

What we don't like:

  • There were no lessons about what the diacritic marks mean or lessons on feminine or masculine differences in the words

Cost:

  • Free
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A screen shot of the PDF Viewer Plus app.
PDF Viewer Plus. GSnathan

Yes, this is a PDF viewer, which means you can view PDF files on your PC or Windows 10 Mobile device, but it’s more than that. You can use this app to open files from local storage. You can also print PDF files if your device supports it. Keep in mind, this is only a viewer, you can't edit the PDF.

What we like:

  • Easy to use and offers no-hassle PDF viewing
  • Opens encrypted files

What we don't like:

  • The app offers a few view options including Actual Size and Whole Page, but no way to zoom in and out

Cost:

  • Free
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A screen shot of the Keeper app for Windows.
Keeper. Keeper Security Inc

Keeper is a password manager and secure file storage app. With it you’ll no longer have to remember your passwords; this app will secure them and remember them for you. Keeper lets you generate strong passwords and sync them instantly among all of your Windows-based devices. It can also manage files, although we're happy enough with the password feature.

What we like:

  • Free to store unlimited passwords
  • Autofill passwords into web sites
  • No experience with security necessary

What we don't like:

  • The Quick Setup process kept asking us to work through it even after creating a Master Password and working with the app for a while

Cost:

  • Free
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