The best thing about Windows 10 is also the worst thing about Windows 10. The operating system is stuffed to overflowing with built-in features and apps, so many that the sheer volume can and does overwhelm most users, so many that most users will never find or use them. What a waste!
But as I discovered, they don’t have to go to waste. Instead of letting the bountiful Windows 10 Starter apps go unused, I decided to see if they were robust enough to keep users like me self-sufficient without the need to use third-party programs.
Could I forgo using Office apps or the other third-party apps I’ve come to rely on? Could we run our offices or personal tasks with just the Windows 10 Starter apps? So I took the self-imposed challenge for a one week trial. Read on to find out how it went.
More Than Just Getting By with Windows Starter Apps
Almost all the Starter apps in Windows 10 are easily found right on the Start menu, arranged in alphabetical order. A few others lay semi-hidden in sub-menus like Windows Accessories.
Selecting the Starter apps I would use required first assessing the non-Starter apps I currently use — and then matching their functionality to corresponding Starter apps. Once I had determined the Starter apps I pinned them to the Start menu tiles for quick launching.