The top Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 apps as of March 16th

It’s mid-March 2014 and its time to take a look at the top (or best) Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 apps available right now in the respective app stores. Let’s see which of your favorite apps are at the top of the lists!

There isn’t an updated app count available for the Windows Phone Store, but we learned during the Mobile World Congress back in February that there are over 245,000 apps available. As of March 16th, the top-five free apps include Pandora, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram Beta, and YouTube HD. The top-five paid apps include Photo Lock Pro, Flashlight+, Night Stand Clock, Fast for Facebook Pro, and Battery Performance.

Photo Lock Pro for Windows Phone is a fantastic app that allows you to set a password or patten to protect your photos or videos from prying eyes. Nothing worse that someone unlocking your device or rummaging through your private pictures and videos. With this app, you no longer have to worry about that. 

The app imports pictures and videos from the respective hubs and requires you delete them from their hubs, due to operating system limitations. You can edit, crop, or add effects to your photos, as well as create albums and much more. The app runs for $0.99 and has nearly 1500 positive reviews.

Night Stand Clock, on the other hand, is an app that runs for $0.99 and has close to 2500 positive reviews. “Night Stand Clock transforms your Phone into a most beautiful home and away smart clock. This is the best designed alarm clock in the Windows Phone Store. Choose from ten stunning themes the clock like you prefer!” the app description reads.

The Windows Store, on the other hand, currently has 149,051 apps worldwide, for both Windows 8.1 and Windows RT. The top-five free apps in the United States include Facebook, Skype, Flappy Birds HD, Asphalt 8 Airborne, and Netflix. The top-five paid apps are Nextgen Reader, Rayman Fiesta Run, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, Bejeweled LIVE, and Halo Spartan Assault.

Rayman Fiesta Run is a runner game that requires users to jump at appropriate times, avoid the obstacles, defeat the deadly bosses and complete 75 challenging levels. During the run, try to collect all the lums in the stage and unlock rewards, and other power-ups for the game. The game is absolutely stunning and is the perfect example of how a modern game should be for the Windows Store. The app runs for $2.99. Here are the key features of this app:

  • Indulge in 75+ levels and 4 festive worlds
  • Discover the amazing new Rayman powers
  • Take on new challenges with the Invasion mode
  • Enjoy gorgeous graphics
  • Challenge your friends and share your achievements (Xbox LIVE support)

If you have yet to try out Rayman Fiesta Run on your Windows 8.1 device, head over to the Windows Store and check it out! It’s fun!

The Windows Store has seen a slow increase in new apps over the past few months. It seems that interest in the Windows Store has not been as great. To put things in perspective, we are close to reaching the 150,000 app milestone in the Windows Store, yet the store barely crossed the 100,000 app milestone back in July of last year. Are developers slowing down in their development for the Windows Store?

The Windows Phone Store, on the other hand, has surpassed 245,000 apps. We are continuing to see new quality apps make an appearance and its only a matter of time before we hit the 300,000 app milestone, if we haven’t already done so.

Do you have any favorite apps for Windows Phone or Windows 8.1? Share them in the comments below!

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  • dingl_

    Windows Phone 7.. released Nov 2010.. 3yrs 4mo give/take
    Windows 8x released Nov 2012.. 1yr 4mo give take

    Hm I donno.. one has this thing called a head start.. High expectations much? after all this is an app platform behind both iOS& Android on both platform fronts.. drumming up interest ain’t easy when you’re third, they’ll be happy for second place at some point if it can manage. I got my fingers crossed

    That and since Msfts two platforms are different they compete against each other! unlike iOS and Androids own markets. I also hope this is fixed for Windows 9 in 2015

    Think if WinPhone apps could of ran on Windows8x .. sure the UI would of not worked well for awhile as developers adjusted their WindowsPhone apps to accommodate larger screens but if done this way the market would of had a 200,000 app head start in 2012! pretty crazy

    BUT not all ideas come to pass or are heard even. sadly the Windows team had some pretty dumb individuals working on it ex @stevesi on twitter who was the Windows devision lead now promotes iPhones and iPads ;P

    Personally I think Sinofsky was out to hobble Windows… Microsoft turfed him pretty abruptly after Wndows8 launched, 8 launched and what 2 months later its lead guy is gone? but considering he now calls Microsoft a dinosaur.. I have to think he was not out to better any product

    I just hope Microsoft fires all the right individuals this next round

    • chadd

      Well since windows phone 7 apps don’t work for windows phone 8. You aren’t really right about the headstart. Wp8 had to start over with apps in 2012 so it amassed these apps in basically the same time windows 8 apps got to their point

      • dingl_

        You might not type things unless you have your facts straight

        “With regard to existing applications: today’s Windows Phone applications and games will run on the next major version of Windows Phone. Driving application compatibility is a function of Microsoft’s commitment to its developers. Regardless of what we release in terms of new developer features and functionality, we have made a large investment in protecting your existing investments.”

        “Even though almost everything is different, our app platform maintains a high degree of backward compatibility. So, from the perspective of the platform APIs, you generally don’t have to do anything – your app should just continue to work, without any changes. Where this becomes a little less cut-and-dried is if you’re doing anything unusual or unsupported in your app”

        Apps built for Windows Phone 8 specifically are not backwards compat to Windows Phone 7.x owners, unless the developer puts in extra work to make it backwards compat
        Your thinking is backwards chadd ;P

    • J.D.

      “since Msfts two platforms are different they compete against each other! unlike iOS and Androids own markets.”

      So why is WP 8 a competitor against Windows 8.1, but iOS is not a competitor of OSX and Android not a competitor of ChromeOS?

  • Aaditya Menon

    What w8.1 users need are original apps . And many duplicate apps are available in Windows Store . Thus the number 145k doesn’t look good . If dupe apps are removed, approx. 20k apps are gonna be removed . Thus the number looks like 125k…..which isn’t good….

    • Abster

      If you do the same with the other stores and also remove all the fart apps you’ll end up with much, much less there as well.

      • Aaditya Menon

        its true but they wont do at all……

  • Aaditya Menon

    Well , now you’ve got both the sections integrated…..

  • Dr. Hannibal Moot

    I just recently got into the Windows 8.1 world by way of a Lenovo tablet. At least now I can see what all the fuss is about. It’s what I’d call an interesting mess. The modern ui is preferable on tablet form. I like it really. Legacy Windows just doesn’t suit the small screen.

    But, I don’t have nor do I want, a touchscreen desktop so I want the old format there. I think they should just allow as many “views” as possible so users can adjust the look they want for the device they are using. I can’t see anything else really helping.

    The biggest problem with that though is the software/app mess they got themselves into with all the different platforms. The worst being the Windows 8 store. That is a horrible mess. Like I say, I want to use the modern ui apps on my tablet but the selection and quality of the majority in that store are brutal.

    I have never used the Windows Phone platform so I can’t comment, but from a new tablet user, I can say that unfortunately unless Microsoft fixes something, their tablet uprising is going to end up peaking and then dropping quite quickly. I say this because already my tablet ends up back on the shelf because I simply get too frustrated with the metro ui apps and if I have to use legacy, I might as well use my desktop where I can see them properly.

    On top of that, I also would not upgrade my desktop now that I’ve confirmed that format is best suited for touch and I have no interested in trying to slide tiles around with my mouse.

    I do really hope they can sort something out cause on their own, none of the formats are really bad but trying to mesh them together into something cohesive is just…ugly. Users who are not overly tech savy are going to be really baffled by the Win 8 tablet setups. I’m no expert but I’m not a beginner either and I was shaking my head at the clumsy transition from modern ui to legacy mode.

    That’s still better than if I had bought just an RT tablet and been confined to the few apps that are just RT. That platform has to go. They should’ve either went full blown RT for all tablets like the iOS platform and tried to combine it with Windows Phone or waited until the hardware caught up (like it is now) to release a combo desktop/tablet OS that suited both and keep Windows Phone separate. But now RT is half baked dead formatthat is beyond saving.

    Just the feelings on the state of Windows from a relative newcomer. Take it with a grain of salt.

  • Mr. Dong