Here is a compact yet deep technical exploration of Windows 8 utility apps.
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APP: Toolbox for Windows 8 is a free collection of general purpose tools like a clock, calculator, weather app, notifier, voice notes app, doodler, etc. Use it to lay out screens similarly to the way it was done in Windows 7.
Metro Commander provides a metro interface for navigating the file system, such as moving or copying files.
The default File Explorer (previously known as Windows Explorer) works in Desktop Mode, so is difficult to use on a tablet.
The app displays two separate views of the file system so one can drag and drop files from one location to another.
APP: Multimedia 8 from Microsoft provides video codecs for movies in .MP4 and other formats not recognized by the default app, plus video stabilization, subtitles, and 3D rendering. The app also plays music files and builds playlists.
PDF Touch One of the essential apps for almost any computing device is an app for opening PDF files. PDF Touch will indeed let you open PDF files, but it takes things a step further. Using a touch screen interface, you can actually mark up PDF documents. For example, you can highlight key phrases or doodle on a document.
Apps to add on top of Windows 8 Enterprise, build 9200 that comes with Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser: Internet Explorer 10 [Version: 10.0.9200.16384]
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