5 intriguing apps for Windows 10: March 11, 2016

With the ever-growing number of apps and games in the Windows Store, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with what's out there.

For that reason, every Friday we showcase some apps that have piqued our interest. They may have been in the news recently, they may be new to the Windows Store, or they could simply be old apps that we just stumbled upon.

They are the 5 Intriguing Apps of the Week.

Breeze - Weather

Breeze - Weather

Breeze is a super-simple weather app for Windows 10 PC and Mobile.

Using your device's location data, Breeze will pull down the current weather conditions and display them using minimalist animated graphics over a scenic background.

More advanced data can be accessed by clicking on an arrow at the bottom of the window. You can also refresh the current conditions by clicking on the refresh button.

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Breeze is clearly designed to be used for quick viewing, more like a desktop widget than a comprehensive weather forecasting app. The app launches in a small window perfectly-sized for the weather reading, and there's really no benefit to enlarging it.

Breeze is an aesthetically-pleasing way to get the weather fast and free on your Windows 10 device.

Client for Hangouts

Client for Hangouts

Client for Hangouts landed in the Store last week in alpha status. It's a third-party Google Hangouts app that lets you see your contacts and quickly fire up conversations with them.

Just sign in with your Google credentials and you'll get a list of your contacts and be able to see your past conversations. You can start a new chat by clicking on a contact.

You can also set up group chats, use emojis, share photos, and message offline contacts. Windows notifications will let you know when someone messages you.

There are options to set a status message or toggle do-not-disturb on or off. And any conversations that you have using other client apps will sync with this app as well.

Clients for Hangouts has clean layout and simple controls. Again, it's still an alpha, so you will likely run into some bumps while using it. Be sure to offer the developer constructive feedback and not terrible ratings.

Client for Hangouts is regularly $7.99, but the app is free to download on Windows 10 for PC and Mobile for the time being.



RxRemind is a handy tool for people who take medication on a regular basis. It allows you to input your prescription names, the form they come in, the dosage, and any other pertinent information about them.

You can then set reminders for what time you need to take them. RxReminder has a dashboard so you can see the daily outlook and what you have coming up. It will also prompt you with notifications, so you'll never miss a dose or forget to refill your prescription.

You can export your list of medications and prescription history, or email it from within the app. RxRemind can also be used to refill and transfer prescriptions. Using your location data, it can find the nearest hospital, pharmacy, or doctor's office.

The app also features an allergy tracker with severity level and notes sections.

And since RxRemind is available for computer, tablet, and smartphone, you can carry this important information wherever you go.

The ad-supported RxRemind is free to install. You can remove ads for $1.99 or pay $4.99 for the premium version.

NCAA March Madness Live

NCAA March Madness Live

A week after the announcement was made, NCAA March Madness Live made its return to the Store yesterday as a universal app.

The app sports a new design, an improved bracket picking feature, and a direct line to entering the NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge.

You'll get the latest scores and story developments and watch video highlights of all the action. Plus, you can follow your favorite team with notifications and Live Tiles.

But best of all, the NCAA March Madness Live app lets you stream all 67 games live free of charge if you log in with your cable or satellite provider credentials. If you don't have cable, you can still watch all of the CBS games for free. There is also free a three-hour pass that you can sign up for.

If you're a college basketball fan, then the NCAA March Madness Live app is a must-have for your Windows 10 computer, tablet, or phone.

Tower Defense: The Kingdom

Tower Defense: The Kingdom

Tower Defense: The Kingdom, as you may have guessed is a strategic tower defense game for Windows 10. The Kingdom is under attack by radioactive, mutants and you must use your limited resources to eliminate the threat.

The game has brightly-colored environments and high-quality 3D graphics and animations that aren't very common to the genre.

It features 42 towers, ten different upgradable weapons, and ten enemies of varying difficulty. There are also 27 different challenge maps and an endless survivor mode.

Tower Defense: The Kingdom is free to play, with no in-app purchases. There is also a free trial so you can give it a test run before you commit.

Be sure to check out our other selections from previous weeks. Have a great weekend!

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