SO­CIAL & COM­MU­NI­CA­TION

Share the things you care about with friends and fam­ily, or even the world, with these handy apps.

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Let Win­dows Phone and its great se­lec­tion of mes­sag­ing apps con­nect you to friends all over the globe! So long as you have ac­cess to the in­ter­net, whether via cel­lu­lar con­nec­tion (ask for a data plan from your mo­bile op­er­a­tor), or Wi-Fi. These great apps not only let you keep in touch with friends and fam­ily af­ford­ably, but some also im­merse yourself in the won­der that is so­cial me­dia. Whether Twit­ter and Face­book, or WeChat, LINE and LinkedIn, there’s bound to be an app that’s right for you (and your best bud­dies).”

FACE­BOOK

Price: Free

Now in ver­sion 5, the Face­book app for Win­dows Phone is now bet­ter than ever, with faster per­for­mance, an in­ter­face that’s closer to the desk­top ver­sion ev­ery­one knows and loves. You can eas­ily check in with friends’ up­dates, or share some of your own. Live tile in­te­gra­tion makes it easy to quickly see at a glance any new no­ti­fi­ca­tions that come in, and even on your Start Screen too.

WHAT­SAPP

Price: Free

Keep in touch with groups of friends and fam­ily with What­sApp, even if they’re us­ing plat­forms other than Win­dows Phone. Eas­ily send video clips and au­dio notes, as well as mul­ti­ple pic­tures to one an­other. Es­pe­cially handy is be­ing able to add What­sApp no­ti­fi­ca­tions to your lock screen, so you can eas­ily see at a glance if any new mes­sages are wait­ing for your at­ten­tion.

TWIT­TER

Price: Free

Aside from the usual (tweet, read, fol­low) fea­tures, Twit­ter for Win­dows Phone makes good use of Live Tiles, show­ing the lat­est tweets from users you fol­low. You can pin friend feeds, lists and searches di­rectly to the home screen as a Live Tile, mak­ing quick checks and searches so much eas­ier.

WECHAT

Price: Free

Mes­sag­ing apps are aplenty on Win­dows Phone, but none of them work quite like WeChat, with a walkie talkie mode that con­nects up to 40 friends to­gether. Of course, you can also chat with other WeChat users on dif­fer­ent smart­phone plat­forms, as well as to make and re­ceive both voice and video calls.

LINKEDIN

Price: Free

Now avail­able as an app for Win­dows Phone, users can use LinkedIn to keep in touch with their pro­fes­sional coun­ter­parts, or hunt for op­por­tu­ni­ties on the go. You can view and save rec­om­mended jobs, view profiles (or see who’s viewed yours), and keep track of in­dus­try news.

IN­STA­GRAM BETA

Price: Free

Bet­ter late than never; In­sta­gram is fi­nally out for Win­dows Phone. Cus­tom­ize your pho­tos with a great se­lec­tion of fil­ter ef­fects, and share your pho­tos onto the in­ter­net, thanks to in­te­gra­tion with ser­vices like Face­book, Twit­ter, Flickr and more. The app lets you use both front cam­era (self­ies!) and the rear cam­era too.

SKYPE

Price: Free

Bring the now-fa­mil­iar Skype ex­pe­ri­ence from the desk­top com­puter to your Win­dows Phone-pow­ered smart­phone. Log­ging in is easy: Use your Mi­crosoft ac­count. Just like the desk­top app, you can call friends and fam­ily for free with Skype to Skype voice calls, while calls to land lines and mo­bile phones will cost a small fee.

LINE

Price: Free

De­signed from the ground up with Win­dows Phone’s Metro UI sys­tem in mind, the LINE app brings fan­ci­ful mes­sag­ing to ev­ery­one. Chat us­ing the smart­phone or desk­top, as well as send both text and voice mes­sages, pho­tos and video. You can also down­load and share free stick­ers ob­tained via the Sticker Shop.

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