Lynne from Tennessee writes:
I’m trying to learn Windows 8.1 and it is really confusing me. Can you explain what: an App is and do I really need it? Can I compute casually with APP?
Lynne, an app is simply an application also known as a program. An app can run the gamut from a casual game to a complicated productivity application. You will need some apps for your computer to function. Just substitute the word program in your mind for app and it won’t be so confusing. Instead of purchasing an app on a disk at the physical location of a store, you download them from the Windows 8 Store directly to your computer.
Check out this article from our archives to learn more about apps: What Are Apps?