Xbox SmartGlass still the most popular free Windows 8 app

In late January, we checked the list of the top 10 most downloaded free Windows 8 apps in the Windows Store. In first place was Microsoft's own Xbox SmartGlass app. Today, we went back for an update and, to no one's surprise, Xbox SmartGlass remains the most downloaded free Windows 8 app in the store.

As we have mentioned in the past, Microsoft has not revealed just how the top 10 list is created for the Windows Store, but if the list represents the current numbers of downloads rather than all-time download numbers, it shows that quite a few Windows 8 owners want the option to interact with their Xbox 360 console via a "second screen" experience.

In second place, again in the same place as in late January, is Microsoft's Skype client for Windows 8, while the Google Search app is in third place at the moment. The third party Facebook app Facebook Touch, from the FBTouch development team, is in the fourth position on the free app list.

The fifth position belongs to the third party YouTube app simply called Youtube Player, from the development team of T.O.K. The Netflix Windows 8 app, which was in third place on the free app list a month ago, has dropped down to the sixth position this month.

In seventh place on the list at the momnet is yet another Microsoft published app, Microsoft Solitaire Collection, which shows that there is still an audience for Microsoft's classic time occupier game. The eight slot on the list belongs to Amazon.com's shopping app for Windows 8.

Finally, two games occupy the ninth and tenth slots on the free Windows 8 app list at the moment. In ninth place comes the platformer Jetpack Joyride from developer Halfbrick Studios, tenth place belongs to Cut The Rope, the hugely popular puzzle game from developer ZeptoLab.

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I use Windows 8 in Desktop mode 99% of the time. When I do venture to the App Store, it's pathetic. Microsoft is pushing this app thing so hard, but it sucks. Most of the apps say desktop app. Why the fu$$ would I go to the App Store to download a desktop application, when I can easily take my ass to the developers website?

I've noticed this app gets installed automatically if it detects an Xbox on the local network. Wondering if that has anything to do with it being the most popular.

I actually don't mind Windows 8, but the app store offerings are nothing short of pathetic. If they can pay Nokia to make phones then they should be paying to get apps that people actually use. It's not a deal breaker for me as I would still spend most of my time in desktop mode.

The Weather Network app has been broken for over a month and just crashes every time I launch it and solitaire never seems to remember that you want the volume off and can't be muted in the sound stack.

Thats because there are no other apps to download in the store.... I just gave up on the RT store. Last time I looked there was no functioning Youtube app even.

I really wanted a Google Music app for RT thought that would be cool but the 2 that are there also suck. I don't think anyone cares to develop for RT

onionjuice said,
Thats because there are no other apps to download in the store.... I just gave up on the RT store. Last time I looked there was no functioning Youtube app even.

I really wanted a Google Music app for RT thought that would be cool but the 2 that are there also suck. I don't think anyone cares to develop for RT

Your talking about a lack of Google apps on windows store as though its a fault of Microsoft or devs and not Google, who have an open hatred of Microsoft and a policy of not making apps for their ecosystems.

duddit2 said,

Your talking about a lack of Google apps on windows store as though its a fault of Microsoft or devs and not Google, who have an open hatred of Microsoft and a policy of not making apps for their ecosystems.

Exactly what I said. No one wants to make apps for Win RT because of its slow adoption rate and because its ****ty. Thats my point. When Google doesn't make an app for Windows you know something's wrong.

onionjuice said,

Exactly what I said. No one wants to make apps for Win RT because of its slow adoption rate and because its ****ty. Thats my point. When Google doesn't make an app for Windows you know something's wrong.

You say "no one want to amek apps for WinRT"... there are 40,000+ apps proving you wrong. No, Google is just flat out refusing to cooperate with Microsoft.

Just pin the YouTube webpage to your start screen. There is little need to make an app for every single webpage on the internet, for every platform available.

rfirth said,

You say "no one want to amek apps for WinRT"... there are 40,000+ apps proving you wrong. No, Google is just flat out refusing to cooperate with Microsoft.

Just pin the YouTube webpage to your start screen. There is little need to make an app for every single webpage on the internet, for every platform available.

Clearly not because Google makes Chrome for RT and other Windows apps so I don't understand how you can bring in the Google vs Microsoft card here.

They just don't give a **** about RT because no one cares about it. And 40k apps for a Windows user base... Mind you a lot of these apps are in other languages, Idk if they combine the stores or something but MOST of the apps I see in certain categories are like chinese/korean apps.

I use it if I need to type a code or a long text message. Don't have a USB keyboard to plug in anymore and can't be bothered to type it out using a controller.

McKay said,
I use it if I need to type a code or a long text message. Don't have a USB keyboard to plug in anymore and can't be bothered to type it out using a controller.

I do the same thing..and about hte only thing I use Glass for. Very handy typing in those long damn codes.