Best Windows Phone apps for 2016

Translator

Microsoft Corp

Category: Travel

Price: Free

Translator was built by Microsoft’s in-house apps team, and leverages the technology behind Bing to help you overcome your language barriers. Translate text from 51 languages and voice from 18 languages. More impressive still is its instant translations from images captured on your phone camera: signs, menus and, albeit at a stretch, newspaper articles can be translated on-screen before your eyes. With additional offline support and the ability to save previously translated phrases, Microsoft’s translation app is essential for those doing business outside their native country.

Main Idea: Voice and text translation provided by Microsoft’s Bing service

Alternatives: Translator Pro Free, Translator 10 Beta

InstaNote

Microsoft Corp

Category: Productivity

Price: Free

Created by the Microsoft Garage project, InstaNote is a smart way to take audio notes or memos, and assign log references to them. With the app running, users can simply touch their smartphone to turn the last 30 seconds (or more) of recorded audio into its own playable sound clip. This makes it easier to scan through the pivotal parts of a meeting or conversation when transcribing or picking out action points to be acted upon.

Main Idea: InstaNote makes your note taking in meetings as easy as a single touch.

Alternatives: Voice Recorder Pro+, Mini Recorder

Office Lens

Microsoft Corp

Category: Utilities & Tools

Price: Free

Office Lens is a Microsoft-developed solution for your digitisation needs. Using the app and your smartphone’s camera, you can capture receipts, whiteboards, business cards, and other documents in a speedy and readable manner. Images are saved to OneNote and can also be converted to Word or PowerPoint files.

Main Idea: An app for digitalising print documents receipts and more accessible memos.

Alternatives: ScanWritr, Lens Picker

Voice Memos

Creobe Ltd

Category: Utilities & Tools

Price: Free (in-app purchases)

Voice Memos by Creobe is a heavy-duty audio recorder. The app enables users to record when their phone screen is locked and includes the ability to geotag recordings. In the premium version, users can also save recordings as MP3 files, export them to their music library and add images to them. A useful tool for those in need of a better audio app than WP’s built-in one.

Main Idea: Gives Windows Phone users greater flexibility over their sound recordings.

Alternatives: Squid, Mini Recorder

CalendarPro Free

eWebSoul

Category: Business

Price: Free

By their very nature, calendar apps tender to be pretty straightforward, but with the frequency that we use them only the very best are worth your time. CalendarPro is among the highest-rated scheduling apps on Windows Phone, offering a smart interface and deep integration with Live accounts.

Main Idea: Advance calendar features that integrate with the user’s Windows Live account.

Alternatives: True Calender 8, Chronos Calendar

1Password Beta

1Password

Category: Security

Price: Free

1Password is a popular account and password directory that securely encrypts your entries. The Windows Phone version, still in public beta at the time of writing, offers improved search, faster performance and a revised UI.

Main Idea: Securely store the passwords for accounts you access on your Windows Phone.

Alternatives: Password Padlock, VPN Unlimited

Box

Box

Category: Business

Price: Free

Box offers 10 GB of free storage space out of the gate – that’s currently 8 GB more than competitor Dropbox (2 GB). If that’s not reason enough to use this reliable and, so far, secure cloud storage service, we don’t know what it is. It’s also cross-compatible with Windows 8 and 10.

Main Idea: 10 GB of free storage and the ability to sync your files to all your devices.

Alternatives: OneDrive, Dropbox

Microsoft Remote Desktop

Microsoft Corporation

Category: Business

Price: Free

View and manage files on your work or home PC from your phone or tablet. Microsoft Remote Desktop allows you to refer back to your desktop PC, find files, or simply access documents from your Windows device, even when you’re away from your desk. You can also stream video and audio, read and edit documents, and take advantage of the app’s multi-touch experience.

Main Idea: This app is designed for people who need to be able to work from anywhere, so it’s perfect for professionals who need to access their PC from home or during their commute.

 

OneDrive

Microsoft Corporation

Category: Tools & Productivity

Price: Free

The most popular cloud storage app for the Windows Phone, Microsoft’s own OneDrive lets you keep your photos, videos, documents, and more in a single location that’s accessible across all of your devices. Once you start using the app, everything stored within the drive can be accessed from your PC, Windows phone or tablet, and you can also share things more easily between colleagues.

Main Idea: There are a lot of cloud storage options out there. If you’re not sure which is best for you, check out our more in-depth look at the most popular services.

Alternatives: Box, Dropbox

Mail

Eyacker.com

Category: Business

Price: Free

No matter how many ways there are for us to interact with each other, email has remained the primary method of communication in professional environments. The Mail app for Windows devices is a no frills, functional way of accessing your account, create and edit messages, organise your inbox,and more with an interface that takes away all unnecessary complications.

Main Idea: A simple, functional way to access your email account from your Windows Phone.

Mail

Eyacker.com

Category: Business

Price: Free

No matter how many ways there are for us to interact with each other, email has remained the primary method of communication in professional environments. The Mail app for Windows devices is a no frills, functional way of accessing your account, create and edit messages, organise your inbox,and more with an interface that takes away all unnecessary complications.

Main Idea: A simple, functional way to access your email account from your Windows Phone.

Adobe Reader

Adobe Systems Incorporated

Category: Utilities & Tools

Price:  Free

The most popular app for viewing, editing, converting, and sharing PDFs, Adobe Reader allows you to view PDFs straight from emails and more. The app also allows you to view password-protected documents for extra security, convert DOC, RTF, and easily share files and documents between team members.

Main Idea: PDF files are widely used in business, so it’s incredibly useful to be able to view and interact with them across more than one platform.

Alternative: PDF Reader

AirWatch MDM Agent

AirWatch, LLC

Category: Business

Price: Free

A management tool for the company that relies on communication and collaboration, this app can be used with the AirWatch console to monitor and manage all devices across a company. This app keeps track of everything, and is easy to set up and use.

Main Idea: With the rise of BYOD in business, it’s already true that nearly everyone works with a mobile device. The app helps to manage this, improving security and more.

Pocket File Manager

Amaze Pictures Inc

Category: Utilities & tools

Price: £1.49

The sheer amount of content and files that we want to keep around can often get a bit overwhelming, which is where the need for an effective file manager arises. Pocket File Manager lets users store and organise their files for retrieval when connected to a PC, compress files and folders into .zip files, save music and video into the media library and upload to services such as SkyDrive, Dropbox, and more.

Main Idea: For the disorganised professional, a file manager is one of the most important tools to have in your arsenal, and this user-friendly, multi-purpose file manager is a great choice.

Alternatives: Files, Real Manager, Briefcase

 

iTelMobileDialer

REVE Systems (S) Pte Ltd

Category: Business

Price: Free

A unified communications tool that allows professionals to more seamlessly speak with one another via VoIP calls, SMS, cross-OS instant messaging and more. iTelMobileDialer is the most popular app of its kind for Windows Phone users, with all messaging designed to work over 3G/4G and Wi-Fi and cross-platform instant messaging ensuring you won’t have to worry about co-workers using Android or iOS.

Main Idea: This is the easiest and most seamless tool for unifying communication tools on your Windows device, making it perfect for use in a professional setting.

Evernote

Evernote

Category: Utilities & tools

Price: Free

The Evernote workspace syncs across all of your devices so you can easily switch between tablet, smartphone, and desktop. More than just a note-taking app, create checklists and clip webpages for later reference in one uncluttered workspace. The search tool makes it easy to conduct research and save information without having to worry about how you’re going to find it later. Evernote even has a presentation mode and work chat to make it easier for you to collaborate and share your work with others.

Main Idea: This app is here to help you work, but only if you let it. Evernote is an indispensable tool if you use it regularly, but falls flat if you don’t take advantage of its unique features. There’s a helpful guide to help you get started.

Alternative: OneNote

PrintHand

Dynamix USA LLC

Category: Business

Price: £3.89

Printing anything when you’re away from your PC can be tricky, but PrintHand provides a quick and easy solution. As long as you’re within reasonable distance of a compatible Wi-Fi printer, your Windows device will pick it up and allow you to print what you need even when out of the office. The app currently supports Epson laser, ink jet, Canon and HP printers and also works with Google Cloud Printing.

Main Idea: Apps that allow you to leave the office and be as mobile as possible are rising in popularity, and the ability to print from your device even when away from your desk gives you much more freedom.

Alternative: Print Now

IntSig International Holding Limited

Category: Productivity

Price: £3.99

Mobile document scanning and sharing is essential to our on-the-go lifestyles, and CamScanner can help you scan, store, sync, and collaborate on content. Files are available across smartphones, iPads, tablets, and computers, making it convenient to switch between devices and share your content with others.

Main Idea: Not only is this mobile scanning app a huge convenience—and a necessity for the busy professional—there are plenty of great features designed to help you work more efficiently.

Alternatives: TinyScan, QuickScan

 

Perfect Recorder

Perfect Thumb

Category: Utilities & tools

Price: Free

Note taking isn’t always the best way to keep track of information and ideas, especially if it’s distracting you from the task at hand. Having a reliable audio recorder and player with playback controls makes it easy to log ideas, dictations, meetings, lectures, or anything else you want to refer to later. With the ability to upload audio files to OneDrive, this app makes sharing and saving your recordings a breeze.

Main Idea: Perfect Recorder makes it easy to share and save your audio files so that you can focus on what you’re doing by recording meetings or dictating ideas to refer to later.

Alternatives: Recorder, Voice Recorder, Windows Voice Recorder

Call Recorder

Asleroid

Category: Utilities & tools

Price: Free

Perhaps even more important than an audio recording app, this app lets you record your phone calls and refer to them later. Play back the file on your phone or upload it to OneDrive to save or share it so that you can follow those important phone calls without busying yourself with note taking. You can even password protect sensitive calls to keep conversations confidential and secure.

Main Idea: Recording phone calls can keep the focus on your conversations and help you refer back to important details in the future.

CamCard

IntSig International Holding Limited

Category: Business

Price: Free

Keeping track of paper business cards can be difficult and lead to a cluttered desk, but CamCard cuts out the physical mess by storing pertinent contact information in an e-card. Simply scan the card using your phone’s camera, then read the information to complete the profile. The card data syncs across smartphones, tablets, and web so that you have access to the information you need when you need it.

Main Idea: A fast and efficient way to keep track of your business contacts, CamCard recognizes sixteen languages and allows you to exchange e-cards with other app users.

 

Effectual

Spiffy Ventures, L.L.C.

Category: Utilities & tools

Price: Free

This task management app syncs across your Windows devices for a convenient and up-to-date rundown of everything on your to do list. Live Tile Updates provide reminders on your start screen while expiration dates keep your content relevant. If viewing tasks by priority isn’t quite cutting it, there’s a tag system within the app to give you an alternative outlook.

Main Idea: Effectual shows up the traditional to-do list with built-in organization, expiration dates, and reminders that help keep you on task. Being productive is that much easier when you’ve got a useful app at hand and helpful reminders on your start screen.

Alternative: Task Manager

 

Slack (Beta)

Slack Technologies, Inc.

Category: Business

Price: Free

Although Slack is still in beta for Windows Phone users and undoubtedly has some bugs, it is still one of the best team communication apps. With all of the usual features—team conversations, direct messages, private groups, file sharing, archives, and searching—everything you need is at your fingertips.

Main Idea: If you’re willing to deal with a few hiccups until Slack comes out of beta, this app is a great way to keep in touch with your team.