50 Best Free Apps for Windows Phone 7

Monday Dec 20th 2010 by Eric Geier
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Free apps for Windows Phone 7 for business, information, entertainment, social networking, travel and more.

Microsoft's newest mobile phone OS, Windows Phone 7, is so much different from the Pocket PC and Windows Mobile platforms that their apps aren't compatible. However, the incompatibility isn't all bad. Now you'll find newer, fresher, and better overall apps —rivaling those for the iPhone and Android.

Here you'll discover 50 of the best Windows 7 free apps, all of which you can find in the Windows Phone Marketplace on your phone or PC with Zune.

Now get your app on!

Productivity and Business

1) Adobe Reader

This lets you open PDF files on your phone. Great for viewing work materials, product literature or manuals, articles, and other documents.

2) WinMilk Task Manager

This task manager lets you store, organize, and view your notes, lists, and tasks anywhere with your phone. Best of all, you can create a free account with the Remember the Milk service and then you can sync your information across many other devices and applications, including Outlook, Gmail, and Google Calendar.

3) HomePipe

Access your PC files anywhere on your phone. Show off your photos and videos, listen to music, or grab files for work or school. Sign up for their service, install the agent program on your PC, and access your stuff on the phone or on the web. You can even setup sharing to give others access.

HomePipe

4) Flashcards

Studying for a test or exam? Throw out the paper cards and use this app. Test yourself on the preloaded topics or create your own. Problem cards can be tagged so you know where improvement is needed.

5) BrezyPrint

Print or fax right from your phone. That way you won't have to bring up the document or site again on your computer. Once you signup for a free account and install the Windows client on your PCs, you'll be able to print via the Internet on your phone. Keep in mind, the free version puts a watermark on certain documents. Faxing requires purchasing credits, around 10 cents a page.

6) Back Burner

Ever wish you could keep up with everything? Well, this app can certainly help. When you see an interesting article or webpage on your computer or phone, add it to your Read It Later account which is synced between all your computers and devices. Then when you have the time, you can bring it back up on your phone or PC.

Back Burner

7) My Merchant

If you use the popular credit card processor, Authorize.Net, you can bill clients and customers right from your phone. Just enter your Authorize.Net settings and you'll have a mobile credit card gateway.

8) Upvise

This gives you tools to help manage and grow your business. You can manage your contacts, ideas, notes, projects, sales, and tasks. It can also share and sync the information among multiple devices and people.

9) Socialwok

Share and collaborate among your team or workgroup. Share ideas, messages, files, and Google Docs. It's like Facebook for work. The best part, the app and the basic service is free.

Socialwok

Fun, Entertainment, and Enjoyment

10) Xbox LIVE Extras

A must-have if you're a regular Xbox player. Customize your 3D Avatar, review your achievements, and socialize with your Xbox LIVE friends. Keep up with what games your friends are playing and how well they're doing.

11) Unite

Bored? Try this simple yet addictive game. Its like those balance ball toys. Use careful motion to move the ball through the maze of obstacles.

Unite

12) Chess4All

If Chess is your game, you got to get this. Play the "computer" or play and chat with other Windows Phone 7 users online. It highlights moves to help improve your game.

13) Tic Tac Toe - Relax

Play this classic game with the "computer" or a nearby friend. Play 3x3 or 6x6 games. Always a great game to play when you or your kids are bored.

14) Backgrounds 10,000 Wallpapers

Tired of your Windows Phone 7 background? Search and pick from these 10,000+ wallpapers spread over 50 categories, from Animals to Valentine's Day. Give your phone a personal look!

15) Silly Soundboard

Lighten the mode or play a prank with a variety of sound bites, including an air horn, clapping, laughing, StarWars, and animal noises. Play just once, multiple times, combine together, and adjust pitch.

Silly Soundboard

Searching and Information

16) YouTube

For all you YouTube addicts! This gives you a shortcut to their mobile website where you can browse videos and login to see your favorites and playlists. Even better, it integrates with the Music & Videos hub where you can access your recently played videos and gives you another shortcut to the YouTube site.

17) The Weather Channel

Get quick access to current location-based weather, forecasts, and interactive radar maps. You don't have to wait for the next TV newscast—check the weather any time from your phone.

18) Microsoft Tag Reader

With the growth of mobile phones comes new versions of bar codes. Microsoft calls their bar codes Tags, scanable on Windows Phone 7 with this app. Like QR Codes for Android devices, Tags can open a webpage, dial a phone number, or take some other action on the phone. You can find them in businesses, on marketing materials, websites, pretty much anywhere.

19) PhraseMeme Scanner

This multi-format barcode scanner lets you scan all the popular barcodes. Easily compare prices while shopping or scan QR codes on advertisements like Android phones do. See the result and then send to online services, such as Google Product Search, eBay, and Amazaon or share via text message, email, and social networks. The free trial is full-featured, you just have to deal with the nag screen.

PhraseMeme Scanner

20) Netflix

Manage your Netflix account, or start a free trial membership, right from your phone. Search and browse movies, manage your Queue, watch TV shows and movies, and even start where you left off on your TV or computer.

21) Flickr Manager

The photo sharing service, Flickr, already has some presence in Windows Phone 7. You can see Flickr images from your friends who have linked their Flickr and Windows Live accounts. However, if you're a full-fledged Flickr user, you'll want more. The Flickr Manager lets you view and manage your photostream, view your favorites, sets, and tags, and those of your friends. You can even upload photos with GPS positions.

22) Shazam

Next time it's killing you that you can't remember the artist of a song that's playing, just point your phone to the music. This app will detect the song and give you the details. Reminisce over old tunes or discover new artists.

23) IMDb

This gives you the world's largest collection of movie, TV, and celebrity information in the palm of your hand. Look up showtimes, watch trailers, search for actors, view TV listings, and more.

24) 170,000+ Recipes - BigOven

Search and reference over 170,000 recipes. Discover new dishes and access the ingredient list when you're at the store. Plus comment on or share recipes right from your phone.

170,000+ Recipes - BigOven

Social Apps

25) Facebook

Windows Phone 7 already integrates fairly well with Facebook. Installing the app gives you even more access to your Facebook account, including the inbox, messaging and events.

26) Twitter

Are you a Follower and/or Tweeter? Install the official Twitter app to keep up with your friends, colleagues, and celebrities. It even detects your location and can give a map-based listing.

27) Loopt

Similar to Foursquare, discover where are your friends are at and explore local locations. You can send Pings to friends and family, which are text messages containing your location info. Discover the favorites places your friends visit. You can check in to places to share your location with Facebook and Twitter friends.

28) Foursquare

Similar to Loopt, see what friends are around you and discover area businesses. You can also check in to places to share your location, discover where your friends frequent, and unlock rewards as you travel.

Foursquare

29) Seemic

Have one or more Twitter and/or Facebook accounts? With this app, you can view and update all of them via one interface. Tweet and update your Facebook status at the same time. Plus share your location by geotagging your updates and share photos to photo sharing services.

30) WordPress

If you blog with WordPress, this is a must-have app. Write or edit posts, view statistics, and moderate comments, all from your phone. Works with WordPress.com or hosted WordPress version 2.9 or later.

Tools and Utilities

31) Flashlight 7

No flashlight? Just pull out your phone and open this app. It can give you plenty of light in different colors and also comes in SOS, strobe, and police modes. Swipe up or down on the screen to adjust brightness or speed of the strobe or police lights.

32) Send to WP7

Lets you easily send website addresses or text from your computer's web browser to your Windows Phone 7. This is great for sending directions or maps to your phone before running out the door.

33) Voice Recorder

Turns your phone into a digital voice recorder, great for podcasts, mental notes, meetings, and more. Record and edit audio notes, convert them into WAV files for use with other applications, and apply metadata descriptions. You can even sync the recordings to your computer via USB or Wi-Fi.

34) Calorie Counter By FatSecret

Gives you the tools to help you achieve your food, diet, and exercise goals with the free FatSecret service. You can find nutrition info and track your meals, exercise, and weight. Your information is sync with your account so you can track your progress anywhere on the web.

Calorie Counter By FatSecret

35) Unit Convertor by Microsoft

Quickly convert values of length, temperature, speed, time, volume, angles, weight, and area. You can even save conversions for later reference. This is great for all types of things, including the cooking, construction, and technical fields.

36) Cardstar

Store and retrieve loyalty, reward, and membership cards. Once you add cards to the app you can lighten your wallet, while still saving money or earning points.

Cardstar

37) IP Camera Viewer

Watch IP-based cameras and webcams right from your phone. Use to keep an eye on your home, office, or store. Check out public feeds or add your own.

38) Top Apps_

Want to discover more cool apps and games? This lists apps and games sorted by their rating, giving you the best of the best. You can also filter by categories and subcategories.

Sports

39) Scores

Gives you quick and easy access to live and recent scores for NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB games. Keep an eye on your favorite teams when you're out.

Scores

40) Runner

If you're a runner, this app can track your speed, distance, and estimated calories burned. The performance info and route map are saved for your future reference.

41) Runsat Free GPS Sports Tracker

Helps you track and share your runs, bikes, skates, walks, and more. It features manual and auto lap functions, auto pause, live map of your path, integrated diary, and online sharing.

42) Omoplata

If you're into Mixed Martial Arts, including UFC or Strikeforce, this one is for you. Get details on news, events, and fighters.

43) FreeCaddie Golf GPS

Get distances to the front, center and back of greens and hole info for over 21,000 golf courses world-wide. Don't see your favorite course, you can map it.

FreeCaddie Golf GPS

Traveling

44) GasBuddy

Gas prices can fluctuate quite a bit in town or across states. When you're traveling or just out and about, use this app to see real-time gas prices. Quickly see the nearby stations or enter a desired location.

45) World Clock by Microsoft

Tired of looking up time zones and doing the math when visiting or calling afar? Add your favorite locations to this app and you'll always know the timequick and easy.

46) Where's My Car?

If you do a lot of driving or traveling, this can save you a big headache. Simply open the app and set your location. Then when its time to head back, open it back up for a map and directions. You can even take a photo for a visual. Even if you have good memory, it can come in handy when trying to explain to a family member how to get back.

Where's My Car?

47) Yelp

Need advice on nearby restaurants, stores, and gas stations when you're traveling or out on the town, just Yelp! Search this database for business details and reviews.

48) Translator by Microsoft

If you travel abroad, this is a must-have app. Enter words or phrases to translate between English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish. It even speaks in the native accent. Use in-person or study the language before hand. It's history feature saves your translations for quick use later.

49) Currency Converter

Convert amounts for 190+ currencies and four precious metals using OANDA Rates. Great when traveling abroad or doing international purchases or business. You can even factor in rates charged by your bank or credit card.

50) GPS App

Navigating on your phone is usually only done by entering an address. This app gives you support of the actual GPS coordinates. You can view your current coordinates and enter a pair to navigate to using a compass or map.

GPS App

Eric Geier is a freelance tech writer. He has authored many networking and computing books for brands like For Dummies and Cisco Press. He's also the founder of NoWiresSecurity, which helps businesses easily protect their Wi-Fi network.

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