Best apps for Windows 2012

Best apps for Windows Microsoft took Windows from 7 to 8 in 2012, and everyone noticed--even if they haven't upgraded yet. Download.com was there on October 26, waiting in line to pick up our Surface RT along with a few other folks, and we've been exploring and reviewing products from the Windows Store since. It's early for the Metro/Modern UI ecosystem, but we've assembled our picks for the best apps for Windows 8 for 2012 in a separate collection.

For the other 99% of us, we have our usual best apps for Windows, 2012 edition, presented here. Browse the categories using the links below, or just dive in.