In Pictures: Top Metro apps for Windows 8 power users

The Windows 8 Metro application ecosystem is evolving. Here are 17 early entrants worth adding to your tablet or PC

Toolbox for Windows 8 Metro’s designed for full-screen apps; if you want to cheat, you can snap a sliver of a second app onto the side of a reduced full-screen app -- but that’s it. Toolbox for Windows 8 gets around that by putting up to six apps on the screen simultaneously. You can choose from 11 offered apps -- even fill different slots with the same app, with different settings, so you can run Clock apps in different time zones, or browser apps that run independently.

I had some stability problems, but there’s much to be said for the ability to take notes in a meeting while simultaneously looking at your Facebook page and running the countdown timer.

Toolbox for Windows 8: Free; Notes app is $2

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