Essential apps and games for a new Windows Phone

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If you’ve just unboxed a new Windows Phone this week and are looking for some app ideas, I recommend starting with the Essential Apps collection. Here you’ll find 34 handpicked highlights from the Store, ranging from social media and entertainment to shopping and personal improvement—everything you need to make your phone useful throughout the day.

A companion collection—Essential Games—serves up some of the most challenging and distracting fun around, from favorites like Monopoly and Angry Birds to homegrown hits like Wordament.

Finally, as I wrote about last week, don’t forget that some of the Store’s top apps and games are on sale now through the end of the year.

And if you did unwrap a new phone this week, I‘d love to hear what you think about it and what apps or games you grabbed first.

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