The 6 Best Windows 10 Apps for 2019

You can do more with your PC than compose emails and view spreadsheets

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The Microsoft Store app store is loaded with hidden gems that can not only add more functionality to your computer but might even change the way you think about using Windows 10 in general.

Here are six Windows 10 apps that more people should be using in 2019.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

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Dolby Access for Epic Surround Sound

Screenshot of Dolby Access in the Microsoft Store

What We Like

  • Enables Dolby Atmos on home theater speaker systems for free.

  • Superior digital sound.

  • Takes gaming to another level.

What We Don't Like

  • In-app purchase required for using with headphones.

  • Problematic with some headphones.

  • Can be glitchy.

Dolby Access for Epic Surround Sound is an app that enables Dolby Atmos on Windows 10 devices and also on Xbox One video game consoles.

Dolby Access uses spatial audio to create extra depth and atmosphere. This new audio technology is supported by many shows and movies on Netflix as well as newer Blu-ray and digital releases. Dolby Atmos can also enhance some major video game releases like Assassin's Creed: Origins and Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Dolby Access works on computers or tablets running Windows 10 in addition to Xbox One video game consoles.

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Microsoft To Do

Screenshot of Microsoft To Do in Microsoft Store

What We Like

  • Connects to Microsoft account.

  • All changes automatically saved to the cloud and synced.

  • Integrates with other MS apps, such as Outlook.

What We Don't Like

  • Could lose track of items that are automatically moved down the list.

  • No print feature.

  • Limited sort features.

Microsoft To-Do is an app that the company launched in 2017. The app works as a very streamlined list app that can be used to create basic shopping lists or more advanced plans that incorporate location data and dates.

Microsoft To-Do works on Windows 10 PCs and tablets as well as Windows phones running Windows 10 Mobile.

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Bitcoin Miner for Making Money

Screenshot of Bitcoin Miner from Microsoft Store

What We Like

  • Makes mining Bitcoin ridiculously easy.

  • No knowledge of Bitcoin or blockchain technology is required.

  • Pays out weekly.

What We Don't Like

  • Lower-end computers won't earn as much as powerful gaming PCs.

  • Annoying ads.

  • Cannot minimize while in use.

Bitcoin mining is becoming more and more popular but for most people, the entire concept is way too confusing and intimidating.

Bitcoin Miner streamlines the process enormously with an easy-to-understand app that's free to install and only requires the user to press the big button that says Start. It couldn't be any easier if it tried.

Bitcoin Miner works on Windows 10 PCs and tablets and Windows 10 Mobile Windows phones.

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Autodesk Sketchbook for the Budding Artist

Screenshot of Autodesk Sketchbook on Windows 10

Autodesk

What We Like

What We Don't Like

  • Surface Pen required.

  • Crashes for some users.

  • No fill tool.

Autodesk SketchBook is a powerful app for beginner and professional artists that transforms their Windows 10 touchscreen device, like Microsoft's Surface line of computers, into a digital canvas.

Autodesk SketchBook boasts over 140 different types of digital brushes, a user interface that's designed for the native stylus and touch experience, and a ridiculous amount of color and effect options. When it comes to this app, you really are only limited by your own imagination.

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Crypto Chart for Tracking Your Cryptocoins

Screenshot of Crypto Chart in Microsoft Store

What We Like

  • Supports Windows 10's Live Tile feature.

  • Check daily prices from Start menu.

  • Clean design.

What We Don't Like

  • Significant amount of promotional material.

  • Lacks customization.

  • Limited sorting.

Cryptocurrency adoption is increasing but there are still far few ways to keep track of crypto portfolios, trades, and transactions.

Crypto Chart aims to solve this problem by being the first Windows 10 app that can perform all of these functions and more.

Crypto Chart allows users to track the prices of literally hundreds of crypto coins and supports a customizable portfolio feature that sorts funds by currency and can even track specific values by transaction dates. The app also supports custom alerts for when a crypto coin's price jumps or drops and a special news feed collects all of the breaking Bitcoin and cryptocurrency news from a variety of websites all on one page.

Crypto Chart runs on Windows 10 PCs and tablets, Windows phones running Windows 10 Mobile, and Xbox One consoles.

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Instagram

Screenshot of Instagram app in Microsoft Store

What We Like

  • Makes Instagram Stories more engaging experience.

  • Alternative Instagram stream viewer.

  • Search tags, like, and comment.

What We Don't Like

  • Touch-based navigation design.

  • Frequent updates required.

  • No right-click support.

Odds are that you already have Instagram installed on your smartphone but did you know that there's also an Instagram for Windows 10 PCs and tablets?

This free official Instagram app allows users to receive notifications about new Instagram messages directly within the Windows 10 Action Center and the app's Live Tile feature will display the profile images of people who have commented on your photos when pinned to your Start Menu or Start Screen.

By far the best perk of having Instagram on your Windows 10 device though is that it makes watching Instagram Stories a more powerful viewing experience. With the bigger screen size, watching your Instagram Stories feed feels more akin to watching YouTube videos. It's now easier to let the app play through all the latest Stories while cooking in the kitchen or working out. Your hands are now completely free when viewing them, unlike when using Instagram on mobile.

Instagram works on Windows 10 tablets and PCs and Windows 10 Mobile Windows phones.