Top Win­dows Phone Apps

While Win­dows Phone 8 still lags be­hind An­droid and iPhone in terms of plat­form ma­tu­rity, there are a lot of great apps avail­able for the ser­vice. Be­low are our favourites.

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Xbox SmartGlass This app from Mi­crosoft con­nects your Win­dows Phone to your Xbox con­sole and be­comes a re­mote for the Xbox. You can also use it to browse and load con­tent on your Xbox, en­ter text on the con­sole us­ing the phone’s key­board and in the fu­ture Mi­crosoft fore­sees games that use the ex­tra screen in in­ter­est­ing ways. It’s a must have for Xbox own­ers – es­pe­cially those that use the con­sole to lis­ten to mu­sic and play videos. Skype Fol­low­ing Mi­crosoft’s ac­qui­si­tion of Skype, the In­ter­net tele­phony and mes­sag­ing ser­vice is now in­te­grated into Win­dows Phone once it is in­stalled from the app store. The client it­self works very well on Win­dows Phone 8, although we were sur­prised that it doesn’t in­te­grate with the ad­dress book as Skype does on An­droid.. Su­pers­port Keep an eye on sport from a South African per­spec­tive with the Su­pers­port app that pro­vides the lat­est re­sults, news and up­com­ing fix­tures. News sto­ries just present an em­bed­ded browser win­dow, but it’s great for check­ing re­sults, if you care about sports­ball. What­sapp A sta­ple on Black­Berry, iPhone and An­droid de­vices, What­sApp is also avail­able for Win­dows Phone 8 with an ex­cel­lent client. There isn’t much of a dis­cus­sion to be had – this is prob­a­bly the first app to in­stall on any new smart­phone – sim­ply be­cause ev­ery­one has it and it beats the hell out of SMS. Car­cos­sonne A clas­sic board game that be­came a hit on the Xbox, Car­cos­sonne is now also avail­able on Win­dows Phone. Great for mul­ti­player and in­te­grates with the Xbox ver­sion too.

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