WINDOWS WEEK: 5 Productivity apps for Windows 8.1

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Getting things done quickly and easily is one of the many reasons we love our computers so much, and with specialised apps, being productive is as easy as it’s ever been. The five apps rounded up here are all useful and easy to use, and will lead to ever-more efficiency in our daily working lives when used appropriately.

Calculator Free

Calculator Free
Free

Windows 8’s default calculator is serviceable, but dull. This free one from DigitalAlchemy is anything but, with four colourful themes to choose from and the option to use the calculator in whatever position you need it in, whether that’s snapped to one side or full-screen. Its Live Tile remains updated with your latest result, for easy reference, and you can copy and paste numbers into the calculator from other sources. This is a simple, attractive calculator that just works.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “A beautiful, touch-friendly calc app.[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Download it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

Meeting Minuter

Meeting Minuter
R69.99 with free trial

Writing down and keeping track of meeting minutes can be a bit of a nightmare if not managed properly. Meeting Minuter has been put together with the explicit purpose of taking, managing and editing meeting minutes for easy reference, making the job of curating meeting notes just that much simpler. Once you’ve taken notes, they’re stored and arranged by date in an easily referenced arrangement that’s sure to put a smile on any boss’s face.

Rating: 4/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Keeps track of all those meeting minutes.[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Download it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

OneNote

OneNote
Free

OneNote is more than just a note-taking tool, it’s a collaboration tool that lets people share their ideas with colleagues in order to pool their resources. With it you can make drawings, take notes, save internet clips and record audio, making it an incredibly handy tool for use on projects, at school, for To Do lists or any task that requires a bit of recall. Share your creations over email, or between devices.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “An excellent note-taking and collaboration tool.[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Download it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

TeamViewer Touch

Teamviewer Touch
Free

Teamviewer lets you control another PC via the internet, for free. All you need to do is load the app on both machines and punch in the code and password you’re given and voila, you can work on computers that are literally on the other side of the world. It requires two-sided co-operation, of course, so it’s not spy software, it’s just really useful when helping friends, colleagues and family members with IT issues.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “A great way to remotely access PCs via the internet.[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Download it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

DropBox

Dropbox
Free

Windows 8.1 comes with Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service installed with 7GB of space, but if you want more why not check out Dropbox? Dropbox gives you up to 3G of free storage, with various paid-for plans available if you need more, and accessing it all is as simple as installing the app. After that it becomes a folder in your File Explorer view which is accessible like any other folder, handy for storing files in the cloud.

Rating: 5/5

[symple_column size=”one_half”] [symple_box style=”boxsucces”] “Another great way to access data from wherever.[/symple_box] [/symple_column][symple_box style=”boxerror”] Download it from the Windows Store [/symple_box]

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.

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