The apps package featured with Windows 8.1 is highlighted below. When you upgrade to Windows 10 the apps package will differ.
Combine most of your calendars into the Calendar app so that reminders and notifications about events and scheduled appointments are not missed. You must have a Microsoft account.
NOTE: Google calendar cannot sync with the Calendar app
Open the Camera app to take unique photos and video movies. Simply swipe down from top edge of the screen to view options including settings for timer, exposure, and switching between the front and rear camera.
Use the Mail app to read and reply to email messages from all of your accounts. You can add Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL and Exchange email accounts to the app. To add an email account: At the Start Menu screen, tap (or click) Mail. Swipe inward from the right edge of the screen and open the Settings charm. Tap Accounts > Add an Account.
Search Maps and get directions based on your current location or view traffic one the highway before you begin your commute or family vacation.
Open the Music app to play music you’ve downloaded to your Tablet. In addition, you can
purchase or stream from an extensive library of music only found at the Xbox Music Store.
Discover new music specific to your musical taste by creating radio stations based on your favorite artists. To create a radio station tap (or click) Radio > Create New Station
Note: An Xbox Music account is required. Data charges, features and content may vary.
OneDrive is an online cloud storage that comes with 15GB when you create your Microsoft
account. Save documents, photos, music, movies and other files on OneDrive. They are available from any web-connected device including your Tablet to use and share with others. Add files to your OneDrive then access them from your Tablet.
1. Go to the computer with the files that you want to copy to the Tablet.
2. Go to OneDrive.com and upload the files.
3. To access your files once uploaded, from the Start screen tap on OneDrive.
Then navigate accordingly.
Follow directions through the Initial Set-Up Wizard when you first turn on the tablet. You will be directed to select your region, language, Wi-Fi connection, and set up your Microsoft account. If you need to create and set up an account the Set-Up Wizard will walk you through the process.
OneNote syncs with OneDrive, your personal cloud account, so you can view, update, and organize all of your notes, photos, files, and sketches. Share group notebooks to collaborate anywhere. Everything is saved automatically.
The People app is your address book and social app. When connected with your social media accounts you will get updates, tweets, photos, and more. In addition, you can make comments or retweet without switching apps. To add contacts: At the Start Menu screen, tap (or click) People. Swipe inward from the right edge of the screen and open the
Settings charm. Tap (or click) Accounts > Add an Account.
Skype: Add contacts
With Skype calls and video chat via computer, you can stay in touch with anyone in the U.S. for free. Once you have added friends, you can make Skype calls and send instant messages. To get started using Skype:
1. On the Start screen, tap (or click) Skype.
2. Sign in with your Microsoft account and your Messenger friends will be automatically added to your existing list of contacts. If you already have a Skype account, you can merge it with your Microsoft account by following the on-screen instructions.
3. Add your contacts.
Watch home movies or rent TV shows and movies from the Xbox Video Store. The Video app features Instant-On streaming to view your program immediately and in high definition.
Open the Photos app to view all of your video and camera roll files and folders on your tablet. You can edit and adjust color tones and effects. Swipe down from top edge of the screen and tap Edit.
Import photos from your camera, phone, flash drive or TF memory card or share photos stored on your Tablet. Open the Photos app and select photos you wish to share. Swipe down (or right-click) to select then open the Share charm.