In Pictures: 10 nifty Windows 8 apps -- all free

Need help negotiating the corporate landscape? Want to track your network usage? Just looking for a fun little time-waster? These free apps for Windows 8 can help.

So you've got a new Windows 8 laptop or tablet. What to do with it? You already know all about Microsoft Office and other traditional Desktop apps. What you really want is to try out apps with Windows 8's new "Modern" interface (formerly called "Metro").

But separating the winners from the losers in the Windows Store can be tough. While the 50,000 apps available there may be small potatoes compared to the Apple App Store's 775,000 apps or the Google Play Store's 800,000, it's still a lot of apps to wade through.

I've picked out ten of my favorites for you to try, skipping well-known tools like Twitter, Skype and Evernote in favor of lesser-known apps, all of which are free.

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