It's tough to keep up with all of the apps that hit the Windows Store every day, let alone every week. So we here at Windows Central are taking it upon us to highlight some apps that have piqued our interest for one reason or another this week. This article is the first of what we hope will be a weekly column, depending on your feedback.
This week, we have a companion app for a movie, a popular app that made its way to Windows and Windows Phone, and a few others that just seem pretty cool.
First up, is WolframAlpha. This app is the official one for the well-known website of the same name that uses its wealth of algorithms and databases to answer questions from almost any discipline you can imagine. Mathematics? Check. History? Yep. Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Astronomy…the list goes on and on.
This week marked the release of the official app on Windows and Windows Phone. Despite being previously available on iOS, Android, Kindle, and Nook, the Windows faithful had to rely on third-party apps or their web browsers.
It was worth the wait, though, as we got a universal app out of it, complete with a [unified price]( http://www.windowscentral.com/wolframalpha-windows-81-also-now-available-unified-price.
No matter what interests you or what you want to learn about, WolframAlpha is sure to be helpful.
- Download WolframAlpha for Windows 8.1 ($2.99; Buy once, buy everywhere)
- Download WolframAlpha for Windows Phone – ($2.99; Buy once, buy everywhere)
Atari: Game Over
Next on the list is Atari: Game Over. Atari: Game Over is a companion app to the movie that was just released on Xbox Video and as an app on Xbox One.
The film follows the story of the E.T. game for Atari, largely considered the worst video game ever made, and its role in the fall of Atari as the king of video games in the 80's.
The Atari: Game Over app for Windows works alongside the Xbox One app. It lets you view comments from the director, chat with your friends, and save conversations by scene. It's a fascinating subject and an exciting viewing experience.
Both apps are free to download.
Moving on, we have Music Deals. Music Deals is a Microsoft-built app that showcases, you guessed it, weekly deals on music. Every week you'll find a new release for only $.99, as well as 100 other albums of various genres for just $1.99.
Music Deals also has a Live Tile that you can pin to your Start screen that will notify you of the latest discount tunes that Microsoft has to offer.
Microsoft Garage put together a gem for those of you who are students. Student Planner is a smart way to organize your course information and keep track of your assignments. You can store course documents, take notes and schedule assignments all from the app.
Designed to work with Outlook.com, Student Planner will pull due dates right out of PDFs and Word documents and put them on your calendar. You can also create and edit OneNote pages for your classes from Student Planner. And everything gets uploaded to OneDrive to keep it safe and accessible.
With Thanksgiving break just around the corner, now is a great time to get organized for the end of the year.
Looney Tunes Free
Last up this week is an app that is dear to my heart, Looney Tunes Free. Looney Tunes Free is a well-designed app that links you to video streams of just about every Looney Tunes episode created. Cartoons are grouped neatly by character with thumbnails that make it easy to identify the episode you are trying to find.
I know, it is just a simple wrapper around a compilation of YouTube searches, but it is a single stop for all of the cartoons that shaped my childhood. If you are more of a Tom & Jerry or Disney kind of person, the developer makes similar apps for those and other shows.
This app is ad-supported, though you can pay in-app to turn the ads off.
That's going to do it for this week. Have you come across any apps that are must-have's for you? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Must-have apps" in the subject line!