Microsoft strives to gain a top position in the mobile market and keeps racing to improve their OS in order to reach Apple and Google, the leaders in the industry. However, they still have a long way to go before they can make their competitors worry. After all, the Microsoft Windows app store counts with just over 150000 apps, while Apple’s App Store and Google Play are way above one million. Furthermore, quantity is not the only issue for Microsoft as some of the best and most important apps are still missing from their platform. Even essential programs such as YouTube can only be used as web-based features but are not available in Windows 8’s user interface. These are the main apps that you would not find for Windows 8.1 at the moment.
You can get Spotify for Windows Phone 8 headsets but it is not available for Windows 8.1 or Windows RT. Even though there are other music apps, Spotify is the most recognized service of its kind and it is also the best. Thanks to their contracts with top record labels, you can access a vast music catalogue and listen to any song you want, whenever you want. You can also connect through Facebook and share Playlists with your friends.
The popularity of Instagram is massive and it has really brought back to life the idea that one image is worth a thousand words. Through Instagram, you can express yourself through photography, even if you are not an expert. It gives you the chance to share images that inspire you, that make you laugh or simply indulge your ego and post a collection selfies. That is why the fact that you cannot find Instagram in Microsoft’s Windows store is unbelievable.
Snapchat was developed by students from Stanford University and it has quickly become one of the trendiest apps to stay in touch with your friends. It allows you to communicate with others through captions, using pictures, videos and even drawings. One of the reasons why Snapchat is so popular is the “self-destructing” feature that deletes pictures right after the recipient has viewed them. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to use it with a Windows device.
With this app, you can keep content in a personal folder (or virtual pocket) and have it available whenever you want to read, without needing a connection. You can gather a list of articles to read from internet and manage the content and sync it to your laptop or smartphone. There are no versions for Windows RT, Windows 8.1 or even Windows Phone 8.
Even though you can get “My PInterest” in Windows Store, this is just a crude version of the app that cannot be compared with the real deal. You do not have the option of browsing through the whole internet but only through your own pin board. At the moment, there is no official version available for Windows 8.