AppRaisin is one of the most popular community-based apps that focuses on what is trending in the world of Windows 10 software. The community of users submit app updates and people can vote on them based on popularity. The more votes, the greater the interest from the users.

The people behind AppRaisin have shared with us the Top 500* Windows 10 apps and games for 2016 (so far) ranked by the community.

Today, we're taking a look at which apps received the most interest overall via the "max score" on AppRaisin. The list is likely not too surprising, but it does reflect what the more active Windows users for Mobile and PC are interested in talking about and sharing.

Ranking at #1 is VLC the popular video player that can handle nearly every format out there. In the #2 spot is Facebook, which considering how popular that app is and its frequency of updates follows the expected trend. Other apps and games like Messenger, Subway Surfers, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter and Steam Authenticator round out the rest. We'd also be remiss if we didn't point out that the Windows Central App ranks at a healthy #11 spot for max score.

Here are the Top 50 (of 500) max-ranked apps by the AppRaisin community:

Top 50 Apps by Max User Score

  1. VLC
  2. Facebook (Beta)
  3. AppRaisin
  4. Steam
  5. Twitter
  6. Messenger
  7. Subway Surfers
  8. Messenger (Beta)
  9. Instagram
  10. WhatsApp
  11. Windows Central
  12. Spotify
  13. CCPlayer Pro
  14. Facebook
  15. Store
  16. Opera Mini
  17. Viber
  18. Upgrade Advisor
  19. Windows Camera
  20. OneDrive
  21. Adblock Plus
  22. Feedback Hub
  23. Windows Maps
  24. TuneIn Radio
  25. MSN Weather
  26. 6tag
  27. LINE
  28. 8 Zip
  29. Gestures & Touch
  30. WinZip Universal
  31. AdBlock
  32. Microsoft People
  33. Microsoft Phone
  34. Windows Insider
  35. Groove Music
  36. myTube Beta
  37. Microsoft Photos
  38. Forza Motorsport 6: Apex (Beta)
  39. Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  40. myTube!
  41. Get Skype
  42. Deezer Music Preview
  43. Dropbox
  44. Vine
  45. AutoCAD 360
  46. Perfect Tools
  47. Photo Editor Polarr
  48. Microsoft Build
  49. Mail and Calendar
  50. inKin

Interestingly, Microsoft's own apps do not show up until #15 with the Store itself. Mail & Calendar is even further down at #49.

Of course, there are other ways to look at things. VLC has the highest max score, but it only had one post on AppRaisin, so all interest was on that single release. Alternatively, WhatsApp had 21 entries,Windows Camera had 27, and Microsoft's Mail & Calendar had a staggering 47 entries on AppRaisin, which watered down their average scores.

Here are the top 25 apps on AppRaisin when sorted by average score (instead of max). A higher average community score, the higher the rank.

Top 25 Apps by Average User Score

  1. VLC
  2. Steam
  3. AppRaisin
  4. Twitter
  5. Instagram
  6. Messenger (Beta)
  7. Messenger
  8. AdBlock
  9. Opera Mini
  10. Valiant Hearts: The Great War
  11. Feedback Hub
  12. Spotify
  13. inKin
  14. Adblock Plus
  15. Gestures & Touch
  16. Store
  17. Bank of America
  18. Facebook
  19. Facebook (Beta)
  20. Autodesk® SketchBook®
  21. Viber
  22. WhatsApp
  23. Windows Central
  24. Store Purchase App

Preferences for core users of Windows 10 and Mobile do not necessarily reflect average users, but at least in this case most of the apps and games likely due correlate. If you look back at coverage of these apps on Windows Central, we probably can see a further correlation between interest and number of comments. Posting any news about WhatsApp or Facebook, for instance, tends to result in dozens if not hundreds of comments even when there is no real news for us to report.

We're sure if Snapchat, Prisma, and a certain popular game right now were available they would also be top ranked. Are they any apps that did not make the list that surprise you? Let us know!

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*Due to space considerations we are only presenting the Top 50 instead of the full 500.