The Windows 8 app store might be new, but it’s quickly growing and the quality of applications are rapidly increasing. Despite the fact that Windows 8 is fresh out of the oven, developers are quickly releasing applications that are helping shape the future of Microsoft’s style formerly known as Metro.

Here’s a roundup of applications that are refreshing, offering a new design perspective and proves that Windows applications aren’t just following in the footsteps of Microsoft’s rivals.

As you’ll be able to see, there’s a serious set of impressive apps that show off just how powerful Microsoft’s new UI style can be. Windows 8 is still very new, and this selection is just a taste of what is to come as the platform matures. We can’t wait to see what developers come up with.

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Skype

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The New Zealand Herald

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SkyScanner

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Fliptoast

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Metrotwit

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iSupr8

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Urbanspoon

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Stumbleupon

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Shazam

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Evernote

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The Big Picture

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Allrecipes

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Freshpaint

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Hulu

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TuneIn Radio

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Wikipedia

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Weatherbug

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Didlr

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Kayak Hotels/Flights

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eBay

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Google

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Inrix Traffic

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Memorylage

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TedW

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Onenote MX

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