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Got a Windows Phone? Some of my favorite free apps

One of the numbers they like to tout frequently is the total number of apps available for Windows Phone.  But while the total number has passed 16,000 recently, all that really matters is finding the good ones.  Especially the good ones that are also free.

Thought I’d share some of my favorite freebies; what are yours?

Screenshot of Wordament app
Wordament

Wordament pits you versus the Internet in a multi-player word game similar to Boggle.  Find as many words as you can in 2 minutes, then see how you stack up versus everyone else who just played that round.  Great for a quick mental break, just try to avoid being sucked in for more rounds than your planned.   And bonus points to the app for how easy it is to get a username and get started.
More info | Download

Screenshot of 4th and Mayor
4th and Mayor

If you use both Foursquare and Windows Phone, 4th and Mayor is the way to go.  Faster than the “official” Foursquare app and with more features.  I’m especially a fan of the Explore and Nearby Specials features.
More info | Download

Screenshot of Groupon app
Screenshot of Groupon appGroupon

Sure you can find the new Groupon deal of the day, but even better is remembering to use the ones you already bought.  You have a fighting chance with the app that brings them with you on your phone.
More info | Download

Screenshot of the Bank of America app
Bank of America

The ubiquitous bank comes to Windows Phone.  Great for checking account balances or finding a branch that’s open, but Washington and Idaho customers can’t use billpay. 
More info | Download

PS – Don’t keep a savings account balance like the one in the screenshot at Bank of America. Find someone who will actually pay you some interest.

Now if only there were an easier way to share apps from the Marketplace than writing a blog post…

New web activities debut on Windows Live

So today was an exciting day at work.  Bright and early this morning we released 19 new web activity partners (the first release I’ve been around for!).

For the uninitiated, Windows Live helps you keep all your friends up-to-date with what you’re doing across the interwebs.  You just add web activities to your profile to import what you’re doing on sites like Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, and Twitter into Windows Live for your Messenger friends to see.  That way they can keep up with your online escapades in one easy place.

Today’s release brings the total number of partners up to 74.  Here are the new partners and their home countries (but you can add them to Windows Live wherever you are in the world):

4Travel Japan Azbuz Turkey Baby Kingdom Hong Kong
Biip.no Norway Break.com US BuscaPe Brazil
CNET US L’internaute Copains France Doctissimo Community France
IRC-Galleria Finland Libimseti.cz Czech Republic lokalisten.de Germany
Multiply US MyVIP Hungary Neogen Romania
PIXNET Taiwan Qype Germany Wat.tv France
  YouTube US  

A screenshot of some YouTube activity in the What’s New feed:

What's new feed with YouTube web activity on the web
Your friends on Windows Live can see what you’ve been up to on YouTube (or on 73 other partner sites) with web activities.  Cool, huh? PS – That’s one of my coworker’s legs in the test video :-)

So that’s a bit of what I work on.  Glad to be able to talk about it now. :-)