Microsoft unleashed the Windows 10 operating system in 2015. Within 2 years of its launch, the operating system had delved over 200 million users. The OS has the same number of users as popular social networking websites Twitter and Instagram.
Windows 10 provides a beautiful user interface. It is more stable, secure, and reliable than Windows 8.1. The OS ships with a new browser called Edge. It also has the Microsoft Cortana digital assistant.
Although Windows OS offers plenty of tools, it lacks many essential features. For example, it doesn’t have a powerful photo editor. It lacks password management features and so on.
Today, we’ve compiled the list of best Windows 10 apps to make the latest Windows 10 OS invincible. Our list covers free applications for:
- Editing pictures.
- Managing passwords.
- Composing emails from the desktop.
- Desktop email clients.
- And more.
In other words, we’ve listed apps which you’ll use on a daily basis.
Top 15 Best Windows 10 apps (Must have PC software)
Best free photo editor
Gimp aka GNU image manipulation tool embraced Windows operating system in 2013. Before 2013, it was available for Linux OS. GIMP is a free software that enables you to play with images. According to experts, it is the best free alternative to Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw, etc.
GIMP has a great interface. It offers over 50 filters and supports customization. The app allows you to select template/canvas type, image dimensions, resolution, etc. It provides auto-enhancement functions and a variety of editing tools. Like Photoshop, GIMP for Windows 10 lets you stack and mask layers. It offers path and transformation tools.
Best Windows 10 email client
The default email client app provided with the MS Windows 10 operating system worked like a charm until MS rolled out the anniversary update. After updating the OS to the latest version, Microsoft Mail stopped fetching the latest emails from my Gmail and Outlook accounts. It didn’t show notifications of new emails as well.
I removed MS Mail and installed the Mozilla Thunderbird email client. The software provided by Mozilla doesn’t support Windows 10 notifications yet, but it is a robust tool.
You can configure the Thunderbird app to minimize to the taskbar. Mozilla Thunderbird lets you compose and send emails without opening the browser. It supports all major email service providers and is easy to configure.
Best free junk cleaner for Windows 10
CCleaner is an ad-free application, with which you can fix various performance issues caused by useless files on the Windows 10 OS powered PC. It is good at detecting unwanted files created by the core processes of Windows 10 and third-party applications. It allows you to remove junk from your PC with one-click of the mouse.
CCleaner finds unwanted entries in Windows 10 registry. It then allows you to delete the fake entries in the registry before the performance of the system deteriorates further.
When you optimize the registry, the Windows operating system becomes more responsive. Like ThunderBird and GIMP, CCleaner is a free program. CC is the best junk cleaner app for Windows 10 OS.
Best Windows 10 Virtual machine software
Once owned by Sun Microsystems, Virtualbox is a widely used virtualization application. It enables users to run their favorite operating system in a virtual environment.
Virtualbox runs ISO files (setup files) in Windows. It uses the exact amount of RAM, storage memory, video memory defined by the users. This program supports all distros of Linux and Android M based Remix OS.
Best Windows 10 Text Editor
NPP is one of the best Windows 10 apps to edit documents and files. Developers wrote Notepad++ with the C++ programming language. Executable files created with C or C++ execute faster than those written in Java or other structural or object-oriented programming languages. Hence, Notepad++ offers brilliant performance.
You can easily open large text files with this free editor for Windows 10. Notepad++ is a system memory friendly app that provides a tabbed interface. It is a robust code editor tool for Windows. It has code aka syntax highlighter module, which highlights pre-defined methods, directives, variables, etc.
Notepad++ can remember files you were recently working on. If you close NPP accidentally, the app opens the files you were editing last time.
Best Windows 10 update manager
Windows Update Mini Tool is a reliable program. Furthermore, it isn’t as aggressive as the SvHost Windows process which handles Windows updates. WUMT is a tiny utility that fetches the list of updates Microsoft rolled out recently. It displays the available updates in a list. WUMT shows the list of updates, the program enables you to download updates you want to apply to your system.
The program identifies critical updates. It allows you to pause or resume active downloads. It saves the downloaded updates in a folder that users can easily locate.
Best compression software for Windows 10
7-Zip is a powerful tool, which allows you to compress and extract various types of archives. It supports files created with premium software such as WinZip and WinRAR. 7-Zip lets you create Tar-GZip archives and extract them in Windows.
The compression tool supports advanced LZMA and LZMA2 formats which result in smaller files than RAR archives. It supports 256 bits AES encryption algorithm and integration with Windows 10 shell. 7-Zip allows users to use its compression and decompression feature in command line mode.
Best Windows 10 password manager
KeePass is one of the most secure and powerful free password managers for Windows 10 OS. Unlike other password manager tools available for Windows, KeePass saves passwords of the user in a secure password-protected database. It allows users to save the database to a folder of their choice. The app locks the database to prevent other users from accessing your passwords. To access it, users must provide a key file and enter the database password.
KeePass provides an advanced password generator tool. It can generate 40, 128, and 256 bits password quickly. The passwords created with KeePass are impossible to crack. You can configure KeePass to fill login credentials on your favorite websites automatically.
Best Windows 10 PDF reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
No other application handles PDF files as good as this program. Adobe Reader ships with a variety of tools. It allows you to highlight a line or paragraph in the PDF. AR provides a drawing tool and enables you to attach a file to a PDF. It is one of the top Windows 10 PDF apps.
Best RSS Reader for Windows 10 OS
QRSS is a user-friendly tool through which you can keep yourself updated with updates from your favorite RSS-enabled websites. Quite RSS allows users to add news feed manually. It allows you to refresh the feeds you have added manually. It offers an AdBlocker utility.
QRS lets you mark an RSS item as read and unread. You can also mark a news item as important in QuiteRSS. QRS is one of the must-have Windows 10 apps. It is a great alternative to online RSS reader applications.
Best blue light filter for Windows 10
Flux is a simple application that filters intense blue light produced by the desktop monitor or laptop screen. It detects your location automatically to estimate sunset timing in your region. Flux shows its magic once it finds that the sun has set in your city/country.
If you have to remain in front of the computer for over 10 hours, then make sure that you install and enable Flux on your PC.
Note: Flux is not needed in the latest Windows 10 update as the OS now has a night mode feature built-in.
Best Windows 10 BitTorrent client
uTorrent is one of the most downloaded Windows apps of all time. It allows you to download torrent files with great ease. It is a fast and small-size application that doesn’t come with upload/download speed restrictions.
uTorrent can run in the background. You can configure it to start automatically. The program supports batch downloads and has a superb UI.
Best movie player software
Bought a movie that the default media player on your PC won’t play? Download and use VLC. VLC aka Video Lan Codec is the most downloaded media player app. It supports files of all formats and is lightweight.
VLC doesn’t have ads and it has many options. It enables you to trim, pause, resume, fast-forward videos and lets you change the view from current to full screen.
Spotify is one of the best online music streaming services in the world. To listen to music, all you have to do is create a free Spotify account, explore the albums, tracks or use the application’s search tool to find your favorite songs and click the play button.
Spotify has a beautiful dark-themed interface. It has a massive collection of songs, background music, etc. It also has a huge collection of inspirational, funny, etc podcasts.
Spotify’s premium plan lets you download songs on your PC. Its free edition allows you to hear songs, bookmark albums/tracks, create/bookmark playlists, etc. It also has ads. The advertisements are displayed/played when the track you’re currently listening to is over. Spotify is available for Windows, Linux, Android, Mac, and the IOS operating system.
Apart from the above Windows 10 apps, download the Google Chrome browser and install the best Chrome apps for Chromebooks. Windows 10 can recognize the Chrome launcher. Once you install Chrome, you have click on the launcher to open the Chrome apps.