The summer vacations are here again and it’s that time of the year when bedtimes are delayed, days are spent playing and normal routines get thrown out of the window. However there are also times when kids get fidgety and keeping them gainfully occupied can be quite a task for harried parents.
To help you and your kids make the most of the summer break, here is a list of Windows apps from Microsoft that can help!
Duolingo As your kids explore a new language, they learn a new culture!
Learning a new language can be both exciting and useful. Duolingo can help your kids learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish, and English in the most fun and colorful way possible. Points are in the form of hearts. Lessons are only bite-sized. And kids can track their progress with shiny achievements, making learning fun. Besoin de plus?
Lynda Expand the horizons your kids’ knowledge and equip them with new skills – make them smarter and cooler this summer!
The Lynda app is for your tablets and delivers top-quality training videos to help kids learn technology, creative, and business skills. The app offers courses including photography, graphic design, business training, web and interactive design, 3D animation, audio, and much more, with all of them taught by the experts. Let your kids discover their hidden talents this summer!
GroupMe Complete group projects from anywhere!
This vacation, don’t let that group project stand in the way of that holiday you have been pestering your parents for. Whether separated by a lane or a hemisphere, GroupMe is the free, simple way to stay connected with the group and collaborate on your project. Add anyone to a group via their phone number or email address, see content shared from URLs displayed in the chat or even schedule a catch-up meeting with the rest of the group using the calendar.
Kobo Books Let your kid experience the magic of reading this summer!
Download the Kobo app and browse through millions of free and affordable eBooks, comics and kid’s books. With this app, you can read on your Windows device anywhere, anytime. If you have the app installed on your tablet as well, you can pick up right where you left off on the phone. This summer, let the young ones begin their journey of reading and let the older ones discover their favorite book!
Wolfram|Alpha Don’t let homework bother you for the whole vacation!
This Windows app will provide the kids access to the full power of the Wolfram|Alpha computational knowledge engine and generate answers and reports in a jiffy. The apps covers thousands of subjects such as mathematics, statistics and data analysis, physics, chemistry, engineering, astronomy, life sciences, geography, history and many more. Holiday homework, meet your nemesis!
Words By Post Free For the Scrabble lovers out there!
Words By Post is the truly cross-platform word game that lets you challenge and play with your friends irrespective of the mobile device they have. For the lone wolfs, the app will pair you against random opponents across the globe with similar skill levels. For the socializers, you can even chat with the opponents using the in-game message board. For the Curious George, you can learn the definition and etymology of played words by just tapping on it. This app has it all. It’s time to unleash the word champion in you!
Marble Solitaire Time to play some mind games!
Marble Solitaire is a unique take on the popular Chinese board and marble game peg solitaire. The main objective of the game is to eliminate as many marbles as possible by jumping one over another horizontally or vertically till you are left with just one marble! In case you want to make this more challenging, this app features 12 different board layouts to test skills. Several hours of workout for the brain guaranteed!
Zynpo Chess Checkmate your boredom!
Zynpo Chess is the traditional game of chess on steroids! The app provides an exceptional, large scale, multiplayer experience and features leaderboards, rated and unrated games, custom time increments and more. The players can chat in-game and games live. Learn some new moves this holiday!
Mini Carrom Back to the old days!
Carrom is possibly India’s most favorite indoor game and the Mini Carrom app helps you to re-live the fun on your Windows Phone. Score as much as possible by pocketing the coins and then chase the Queen! The thrill of pocketing a coin through a tricky well-angled rebound shot cannot be replaced by anything!
Instructables Do-It-Yourself fun!
The Instructables app lets you be part of an online community of creative minds who want to discover, share and be inspired by DIY project ideas and information. From useful and entertaining how-to’s and hacks, to delicious recipes and outrageous inventions – it’s all here. There are over a 100,000 tutorials in Technology, Workshop, Living, and much more, giving you access to an abundance of DIY projects created by others just like you. Instructables is the place to explore, document, and share your creations!
Paint Color your vacation bright!
This app is for everyone – from kids to adults and from teachers to students. Paint lets you turn imagination to life right on your smartphone. You can clear the screen by simply shaking the device and share your creation by converting the drawing to images in the photo gallery. Go ahead, bring out the Picasso in you!
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