Best Windows apps this week
Four-hundred-sixty-seven in a series. Welcome to this week's overview of the best apps, games and extensions released for Windows 10 and 11 on the Microsoft Store and elsewhere in the past seven days.
Microsoft released a new build to the Windows 11 Insider channel with new layout options for the operating system's Start menu. Another feature that is being tested currently makes it easier to set a default browser on the system.
As always, if I've missed an app or game that has been released this week that you believe is particularly good, let me know in the comments below or notify me via email.
Discounts this week
The following list is a selection of the best deals. Make sure you check out the Store for all offers.
Some apps are discounted for more than one week. Only new apps and games are listed below. Check out the previous post in the series for past offers that may still be valid.
- Gears Triple Bundle, for $19.99
- Metro Saga Bundle, for $20.99
- Ori: The Collection, for $11.54
- SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 14 Windows Store Edition, for $19.99
- WritingFX, for $0.99
New Windows apps and games
NanaZip is a fork of the archiver 7-Zip. It is available as a preview on the Microsoft Store and designed for a "modern" user experience.
The application supports all features of the latest 7-Zip release, at the time of writing 21.06, and several other features, including MSIX packaging for a better deployment experience, support for Windows 10's and 11's context menus, and support for Brotli, Fast-LZMA2, Lizard, LZ4, LZ5 and Zstandard codecs.
Encryption software VeraCrypt dropped support for pre-Windows 10 systems in the latest release. Support for ARM64 on Windows and Apple M1 was added among other changes.
Image viewer IrfanView 4.59 introduces support for the JPEG XL format among other new features.
Microsoft is testing an update to its Paint application.
PowerToys 0.51.0 includes improvements to included tools such as Find My Mouse, Image Resizer, or FanzyZones.