Best Windows Phone apps for 2018

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


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

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 featuresteam conversations, direct messages, private groups, file sharing, archives, and searchingeverything 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.


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



Category: Tools & Productivity

Price: Free

A simple yet effective translation app that's perfect for business users, Translator helps break that pesky language barrier with 85 languages available. Anyone working for global companies will find themselves in need of a good translation app, and this one is versatile and easy-to-use.

Main Idea: Remote workers and businesses operating internationally can often be hampered by language barriers, but this app allows them to quickly translate words and phrases straight from their phone.

Alternative: Translator

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

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