Best Windows apps this week
Four-hundred-ninety-four 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 public preview of Windows Autopatch this week. The service aims to improve the updating of Windows machines with patches, drivers and firmware, and is available for Windows Enterprise E3 (and up) customers only.
The latest Windows 11 build of the 2023 feature update release has File Explorer tabs.
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.
- OCR Text Detection Tool, for
- PDF Compressor for Windows , for $0.99
- Penbook, for $9.99
- Pixel Ruler, for $2.99
- Yakuza 0 for Windows 10, for $4.99
New Windows apps
LoveWindowsAgain is a free Windows tweaker to modify certain features and behaviors of the Windows 11 operating system.
Run the program, have it scan the system to display suggested modifications to it. You may then apply the changes automatically or individually.
To name a few tweaks: disable widgets, hide search on the taskbar, remove desktop stickers, and unlock the full context menu in File Explorer.
WinPaletter is an open source color customization program for Windows 10 and 11. Use it to change colors of specific interface elements individually, something that is only available via Registry edits otherwise, as Microsoft limited access to the customization options in the settings.
Newly created color themes can be saved and imported at any time, even on different devices.
Vivaldi Mail 1.0 with calendar and RSS reader is now integrated in the Vivaldi web browser.
First ARM version of PowerToys has been released.