Windows Phone Apps of the Week
By on November 10th, 2011

Every week I pick three of my favorite Windows Phone apps. I include both paid and free apps as well as games. If you are an app developer and want me to feature your app here, drop me a line.

Yammer

Yammer

If you are on Yammer, you really wanted this app. If you aren’t, you still won’t bother. Yammer is a private, secure social network for your company. We, at Techie Buzz, are big fans of Yammer and we use it to connect with other authors and editors to share ideas and broadcast information. Plus we bitch about other blogs.

The Windows Phone app works well, and includes Live Tiles notification for new messages. The performance could be better and you’ll note sluggishness if your network is fairly active with frequent posts. One big annoyance of the app is the inability to view files attached with the posts, including images and documents.

Business | Free | 1MB | Download

Jet Car Stunts WP

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Jet Car Stunts is an addictive, 3D driving game with massive jumps, mid-air hoops, floating platforms, spiral roadways,and outlandish maneuvers in impossible environments. Jet Car Stunts for Windows Phone features over 70 levels spread across three game modes:

  • Platforming – Just get to the finish line
  • Time Trial – Race against the clock
  • Freestyle – Perform stunts for score

Jet Car Stunts is not the usual car racing game but tests your stunt skills. The game gets interesting as you figure out new moves and stunts to execute, and of course needs a lot of patience. While the controls are pretty good, the game graphics are nothing to write home about. Great game, and worth the price.

Racing + Flying | $2.99 | 28MB | Download

The Guardian

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I checked twice if the app is really good or I’m just blown away by the colorful Live Tiles for news on my Start screen. The Guardian app for Windows delivers all the latest news and best content from the Guardian and Observer to your Windows Phone in a highly customizable app.

The app allows you to read news stories, watch videos, listen to podcasts (on background audio too), and browse picture galleries while on the move. The app allows you to add multiple Live Tiles to your start screen; different colored tiles for different news categories. It beats my why the developers haven’t allowed the app to run as a background task so that the Live Tiles can update automatically.

News + Weather | Free | <1MB | Download

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Author: Abhishek Baxi
Abhishek Baxi is an independent technology columnist for several international publications and a digital consultant. He speaks incessantly on Twitter (@baxiabhishek) and dons the role of Editor-in-Chief here at Techie Buzz.

Abhishek Baxi has written and can be contacted at abhishek@techie-buzz.com.

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