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Best Windows RT Apps List for Microsoft Surface RT – Top App Reviews

How many Windows RT apps are there?  I’ve seen multiple sources suggest there are over 100,000 Windows RT apps in the Windows App Store.  Unfortunately, many of these apps are low quality apps no one should install.  A complete Windows RT Apps list is not available online. Finding great apps in the Windows store is not the easiest thing to do.

Fortunately for owners of the Microsoft Surface RT and other Windows RT tablets, I have created the Best Windows RT Apps list!  Below you will find several collections of the most popular, must have Windows RT apps.  You will also find the latest Windows RT App reviews.  Check this page often as it is continuously updated!

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Top Must Have Windows RT Apps List

Below are 12 Windows RT apps that are great for new owners of the Microsoft Surface RT or other Windows RT devices.  If you would like to suggest RT apps for this page, please use the comments section below:

Halo: Spartan Assault Amazon Kindle News Bento
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Halo: Spartan Assault (Paid) rings the excitement of Halo combat to touch-based devices for the very first time. Battle your way through 30 action-packed missions against the Covenant as you explore the origin of the Spartan Ops program and Halo 4’s Spartan Commander, Sarah Palmer. Amazon Kindle (Free): Read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use Windows application. Access over 1 million books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed and across any Kindle device. News Bento (Free) is the most fluid and beautiful news reader on Windows Tablets.  This app is optimized for Windows RT devices and provides full interact with touch, keyboard, and mouse.  News Bento has been recommended by Forbes, CNET, TechRadar and (now) Tech Blog TV!

Netflix iHeartRadio Youtube+
Netflix (Free): Sure to make every top Windows RT Apps list, Netflix is an obvious choice for everyone that has a Netflix subscription. Netflix has a large library of movies, TV shows and more that can be viewed on your Windows table. While the subscription incurs a monthly fee, this app is totally free. iHeartRadio (Free): iHeartRadio is a free radio app that features more than 1,500 live radio stations. The app also allows you to create commercial free music stations based on the artists you select. One feature I like is that it can show radio stations that are near me, which means I don’t have to search for them myself. Youtube+ (Paid): If you use Youtube a lot (or at all!), this is a must have Windows RT app. It has a great interface for browsing and finding videos. On the down side, the app will cost you a couple of bucks. It’s worth it though.

Skype Allrecipes Video Cookbook Fresh Paint
Skype (Free): Skype is a nice video chat tool and a staple of any good apps list. On your Windows RT device, Skype is always on so you can always receive calls and instant messages. Use it to stay connected to family and friends from around the world for free. Allrecipes Video Cookbook (Free): I’ve been a user of Allrecipes.com for years and was thrilled to discover there was a Windows RT app available. Recipes are well organized and easy to find. The app provides tons of recipes that are accompanied by videos. Please note that an internet connection is required to use this app. Fresh Paint (Free): Fresh Paint is a great app for embracing your artistic side. It’s a paint program that allows you to create your own personal works of art using the touch screen and/or a track pad (if you have a keyboard). While the app is free to install and use, beware of the fee based add-ons.

Tweetro Remote Desktop Google Search
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Tweetro (Paid): Tweetro is an elegant Twitter client for Windows 8 and Windows RT It is regarded by many as the best Twitter experience on these platforms.  Features include multiple account support (2 included, up to five at an additional fee). Remote Desktop (Free): Want the power of your desktop while using your Windows RT tablet? Use the Remote Desktop app to remotely control your PC and use applications that are not available for Windows RT. This app is great for when you want to access you desktop from anywhere in the house. Google Search (Free): If you like Google search and Google apps, be sure to install the Google Search app for Windows RT. Features include the standard search box, voice search which works great, image search, instant preview mode, and a Google Apps page.

More Great Windows RT Apps

Twelve great apps not enough?  Check out these popular and highly rated Windows RT App Lists:

Windows RT Music Apps

  • TuneIn
  • iHeartRadio
  • Music ++
  • Nokia Music 1.2
  • Slacker
  • Shazam
  • Rhapsody
  • 8tracks Radio
  • Clouder
  • Music

Windows RT Games

  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Jetpack Joyride
  • Cut the Rope
  • Off Road Racing
  • Tetris
  • Brainteasers
  • SoulCraft
  • 4 Pics 1 Word
  • Supermarket Maina
  • Stand O’Food 3
  • 3rd Floor BlackJack
  • Samurai vs Zombies Defense
  • Gunes 4 Hire
  • Simple Solitaire
  • Monsters Love Candy
  • Word Search
  • Spades
  • Super Golf Land
  • Enigmatis: The Ghost of Maple Creek
  • Bubble Star
  • Puzzle Touch
  • 3D Marble Tracks
  • Word Twist
  • Adera
  • Deal or No Deal+
  • Snex8x
  • Where’s My Mickey XL
  • Defense Zone2
  • Wreck-it Ralph
  • Asphalt 7 Heat
  • Fruit Ninja
  • Dominoes
  • Recjless Racing Ultimate
  • Angry Birlds
  • Gravity Guy
  • Hydro Thunder Hurricane
  • Radiant Defense

Windows RT Movie Apps

  • Netflix
  • Movie ShowTime
  • Flixster
  • Redbox

Windows RT TV Apps

  • Crackle
  • Hulu Plus
  • ABC Family

Windows RT Camera/Photo Apps

  • Adobe Photoshop Express
  • Fotor
  • Picasa
  • KVADPhoto+
  • PhotoFunia
  • ColorPop
  • Photo Inspiration
  • PhotoWhirl

Windows RT Sports Apps

  • NFL Mobile
  • NFL.com Fantasy
  • ESPN App
  • Yahoo Sports
  • NFL Game Rewind

Windows RT News Apps

  • News Bento
  • CNN App for Windows
  • The New York Times
  • USA Today
  • Associated Press
  • NBC News
  • Drudge Readers
  • AOL Today
  • PCMag.com Breaking News
  • Huffington

Windows RT Social Media Apps

  • Twitter
  • Foursquare
  • Instagram
  • Linkedin HD
  • Reddit with Redditting
  • Reddit to Go
  • Pinspiration / Scrapbook
  • Tweetro
  • Push Pod
  • Facebook Touch
  • Facebook Pro
  • Feed For Facebook
  • Metro Social

Windows RT YouTube Apps

  • YouTube Downloader Extra
  • YouTube Extra
  • YouTube Adv
  • RealPlayer Daily Videos
  • Hyper for YouTube
  • Music Tube

What are Your Top Windows RT Apps?

Want to add your top Windows RT App list to this page?  Want to post your very own RT App review?  Please share your lists and reviews in the comments section below.


  1. When are you going to get Snapchat on here in the store for real??

  2. very informational, very helpful for me

  3. Hi.
    I am looking for a Media Player for Surface RT that can open .asx files.
    Anyone can help?

  4. Is Sirius/xm available for windows RT 8.1?

  5. Thanks for the nice list. I hope we can starting using Google Chrome on the Windows RT very soon!

  6. Is the Surface Pro 3 really water cooled?

  7. Why do u have instagram on the list when u don’t really have it? U have fake instagram apps in the store. When are you getting the real instagram and snap chat?

  8. I couldn’t sign in to application store why?

  9. I like your app list. But I can’t find iHeartRadio in my Store. Maybe because it’s missing in the German store. How can I find out where/in which country I can find an app?

    • Ok, found it in USA.
      Why this imho unnecessary completion to differentiate between national appstores? The offering of the German store is rather poor. And customization of iHeart doesn’t work because I obviously live in a “not supported country”.

  10. Please give us a list of business apps for the Surface. Are there Mind Mapping apps like SimpleMind? Project management? Visio? Last Pass? Evernote? Dropbox? PDF creator/reader/annoitate? Xmarks? Different browsers?

  11. which twitter app is best for twitter for multiple accounts?

  12. Any vpn, anti filter or proxy for passing filtering on windows rt?

  13. why I could not sign in to Microsoft store..?

  14. Is there a Surface RT equivalent to Windows 7 “Windows Explorer” or add-on “Power Desk”?

  15. Hi,
    I bought a Nokia 2520 tablet from UK which runs Window RT 8.1. Can you tell me how to sync/copy the music from my laptop? Window Media Player is not available for Window RT.
    Thanks a lot.

  16. i just got the surface and it wont allow me to download the real aol software. iit allow a generic one that doesnt allow you access to most of the features llike the favorite and bookmark list. It keeps giving me a message saying that I cant download this app on this computer AND I SHULD GO TO THE MICROSOFT STORE. HOW DO I BYPASS THIS ERROR MESSAGE AND DOWNLOAD THE REAL AOL SOFTWARE

  17. I just watched a lot of videos on Youtube about the WindowsRt tablet. The one I liked best was how you can pair your tablet with you xbox and do a lot more with it. Like watch movies from Amazon Prime though your tablet, then though your xbox to your tv, then he played music in the background while doing other things. Then he played music though his xbox to his tv. I bought one this week, I like it so far. Its fun learning new ways to do things. I like the ToolBox app and and adobe express. Will install some of the apps you all like as soon as my tablet gets though upgrading.

  18. I bought myself and two young kids a microsoft surface rt for Christmas this year. Haven’t received them yet but I’ve read several things that are negative about these tablets. Thought about just sending them back when I received them since it’s free returns. Can anyone give me some insight on whether or not these would be good for my kids? I’ve read where there aren’t that many apps, at least not like the ones for an ipad. Help!!!

    • At the moment, I do not recommend Windows RT devices. I also think Windows 8 tablets are for enthusiasts at this point. You should return the Surface RT and get an iPad or a couple iPad minis.

      • I have a Surface and it is great. No problems with it at all, and no real learning curve since it runs the same operating system as my home computer.

        iDevices don’t have nearly the capability of WinRT. I have several friends who use Apple because they are easy to use, but along with the ease comes a lack of usability. I run circles around their iPads with my Surface.

        • I own a Surface and my wife owns an iPad. I have no clue what to do with her iPad after fooling around with it for 5 minutes or so; my Surface however holds my attention for hours – very practical and haven’t really experienced the supposed ‘Apps Gap’. Would recommend it…

      • Seriously, how can you post a site where you post best apps for windows rt and then state that the tablets are not good enough for all? And only for enthusiasts? What journalism scoop did you go to? I seriously question your ability to speak about a tablet you do not believe in, and be an impartial judge of its capability! Then you have the gall to actually recommend a device that is recognized as inferior in capabilities to the one you are advising against!

        If any device can be called enthusiast based it is an I-anything device, as their I-nuts have perfected device fandom by actually camping out in front of I-stores days ahead of their bi-annual releases to plunk down hundreds of dollars for barely upgraded devices. lololol

      • I have an IPAD 3 and now a Surface 2 RT. Even with it’s limitations, the Surface 2 is so much better than the Ipad. I won’t be going back……

    • I own a few tablets and I find the RT to be the most productive. If there is an XBox in the house this is a must have. App market is growing and most common and popular apps are available. It is definitely much more useful than an iPad which is mainly an oversized iPhone. The Surface RT also has separate video out and USB connections so no need to purchase iPad only accessories. You can use current keyboards, monitors/TV’s and storage drives and save $100’s in the process.

  19. Great post out there (Y).. btw which theme are you using?

  20. Is there a app for connecting your surface Rt with TV wirelessly? I know chromecast won’t work in surface RT and Airparrot is not supported. I was wondering if there is any other app

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    Thanks this list will be very helpful as I’m getting a Surface RT this weekend while they are priced at $199

  22. The only instagram app i can find in the windows store is called “instagram explorer” and it is horrible so I’d remove that from the list unless you saw something i didn’t. Also, no snapchat? That’s pretty popular, come on windows get moving

  23. Excellent, some great apps there, thank you 🙂
    Even on the most innocent article, information page, where comments are allowed, there always has to be some form of negativity and bashing. It’s really depressing.

  24. As I am using Microsoft surface and in it I would like to run the accounting package developed in visual fox pro. So how it is possible to do. Pls let me know.

    • You can’t because it’s an arm processor when the software program is written in X86 articitecture, you either need to make the app for the program or buy a surface pro

  25. I am trying to find an app for my RT 2 that allows me to take pictures with a zoom – I saw it in the shop – The name was CAS – now i cant find it to download – someone please help.

  26. My best Windows 8 apps:

    1. MetroTube
    2. IM+
    3. ToolBox for Windows 8
    4. TeamViewer Touch
    5. Fresh Paint

  27. i like to know, which is best apps for digital art/drawing, or artist?

  28. I’m also wondering if you can install Google Chrome in Windows RT

  29. Can I download the Chrome browser from the app store? Please someone answer.

  30. I just purchased the surface rt. I currently have Amazon Prime and stream movies to my Kindle. Will I be able to stream these movies to my surface?

  31. Is there a Fax editing, sending and storage W RTApp yet. Suitable for UK use?

  32. Can’t play my movie through window RT….

  33. you can change your location to another country and access other apps

  34. downloaded kindle onto my RT a few days ago – definitely there

  35. i searched for kindle and bento on my surface rt app search but got zero results ?

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