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Top 11 Microsoft Surface Apps for Students

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Whether you have a Surface 2 or a Surface Pro 3, getting the best apps on your tablet can really make or break your experience with the device. With over 150,000 apps on the Windows Store, you’ve got lots to choose from.

We’ve put together our favorite apps for the Microsoft Surface tablet, from image editing to note-taking.

1. Adobe Photoshop Express

Just like the name, Adobe Photoshop Express is the ideal app for image editing and enhancement while on-the-go. This free app comes with 15 one-touch filters as well as auto brightness and color correction features. Aside from fun photo filters, enjoy all the basic tools you’d find in Adobe Creative Cloud on your tablet.

Download Adobe Photoshop Express

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2. Mint

We’ve listed Mint as one of our favorite Android apps and luckily, Mint is on Windows 8.1 as well. As one of the best financial management apps we’ve come across, Mint makes it easy to understand what’s going on with your money while on-the-go. The app pulls in all your personal finance accounts into one place so you can view up-to-date information, check your budgets, and edit transactions right on the app.

Worried about your personal information? The Mint app is password protected, so no one will be able to see how much you spent (or didn’t spend) on those textbooks.

Download Mint

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3. Microsoft OneNote

We’ve expressed our love for Microsoft OneNote in a previous post so we couldn’t help but mention it as one of our favorite Windows 8 apps. The OneNote app is great for taking notes in class and meetings and making sure it’s synced up with all your other devices. Jot down ideas, keep track of notes, clip from the web, make a to-do list or sketch your ideas, OneNote transforms your tablet into a digital notebook.

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Students, faculty, and staff can grab Office 365 University which includes the latest Office apps including Microsoft OneNote.

Download Microsoft OneNote

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4. Drawboard PDF

Designed for Windows 8, Drawboard is the ultimate PDF app for your Surface tablet. The app’s intuitive user interface, stylus and touch separation, and a wide variety of annotation tools makes reading and managing PDFs a breeze. Drawing, highlighting, adding shapes, and text mark-ups can be done with your finger, pen or mouse without having to worry about precision. Designed with both touch and stylus users in mind, this app works well no matter your preference.

Download Drawboard PDF

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5. Tweetium

Known as the premium Windows 8 Twitter client, Tweetium is a must-have app for anyone using Twitter on their Surface tablet. We especially like the beautiful landscape flow layout which makes it very easy to read and share information on Twitter. Tweetium comes with two account types: the base price gets you the fully featured standard app with support for one Twitter account while Tweetium Pro enables support for up to 7 accounts, push notifications, integrated news reading, and more.

Download Tweetium

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6. Pin More

Get full control over your tablet home screen with Pin More. This free app lets you create custom tiles for documents, folders, and websites. And for the gamers, you can even pin Steam and Origin games. Plus, you can export the tiles you’ve pinned so you can share them, import them onto other devices, or just to create back-ups.

Download Pin More

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7. Hyper for YouTube

Hyper for YouTube is the easiest and probably the most advanced way to watch YouTube videos on your tablet. It touts itself as a “clean, fully featured YouTube applications and downloader”. Watch in 720p or full HD 1080p, get support for multiple YouTube accounts, and our personal favorite, download videos and MP3s for offline viewing.

Download Hyper for YouTube

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8. Flipboard

As the name suggests, build your own personal magazine to catch up on the news you care about. Simply flip through pages of a personalized magazine based on interests you specify. Flipboard draws its content only from the top news and information sources such as The New York Times, TIME Magazine, Fast Company, BBC, National Geographic, and more. The Windows 8.1 version lets you save stories, search, and share to social networks while its home screen tile displays a thumbnail photo and summary text of top stories waiting for you.

Download Flipboard

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9. Khan Academy

Prepare for that upcoming SAT or learn how fire stick farming changed Australia, Khan Academy is the ideal education app for your tablet. Covering a massive variety of topics including biology, chemistry, physics, humanities and finance, it’s goal is to offer “a free world class education for anyone, anywhere”. Browse and watch thousands of videos, download videos to watch offline, and search and share your favorites – all for free.

Download Khan Academy

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10. Nook

Nook is a free e-reader app and a must-have for anyone who reads on their tablet. It’s well-designed and intuitive interface is what makes it stand out from competitors. The app is equipped with all the font and navigation options you can think of and more including font adjustments, line spacing, margins, theme, etc. Unlike it’s competitor Kindle app, you can browse and buy new magazines and newspaper issues right within the app. Did we mention that Nook offers over 3 million eBooks, most of which are for free?

Download Nook

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11. Allrecipes

Allrecipes is your new kitchen sidekick and a great app for any student looking to spice up their meals. The free app is a massive library of proven, successful recipes. And if you can’t make up your mind, the app can give you options based on what ingredients you have on hand. Once you select your meal, get step-by-step instructions and nutritional information.

Download Allrecipes

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