We recently put together our list of the best Windows apps, but students have different requirements for getting things done. For everyone gearing up for a semester of college, we've put together a list of the best Windows apps for students.
Syncing Note-Taker: ResophNotes
ResophNotes is a fantastic Simplenote client on Windows. Simplenote is a great way to keep all your class notes synchronized and stored in one place so you always have access to them.
Note and Idea Capture: Evernote
Evernote is an excellent resource for students to capture everything they have going on in class. If you need a little inspiration for how to use Evernote, Shep McAllister's guest post on the Evernote blog outlines a lot of ways you can use Evernote in school, including taking snapshots of notes, blackboards, organizing research, and more.
What we really like about Wunderlist as a to-do app is that it syncs across multiple devices, and it's incredibly easy to use. If you want to keep it simple, you can, but if you want to create complicated task lists for various classes, you can do that as well. Another handy feature for students is the ability to share your task lists with others. This should help make group projects less of a crapshoot.
Homework Manager: Get Organized
If you're looking for one place to drop all your assignments, events, and keep track of your grades, then Get Organized is the app for you. It's simple, and not especially pretty, but it gets the job done.
Books: Kindle for Windows
Carrying around textbooks is a huge hassle. Instead, provided your books are available digitally, you can just carry around your computer and access them on your PC. The Kindle app is also a great way to highlight, take notes, and share those notes with other classmates.
Office Suite: Google Docs
Not long ago, students were stuck with Microsoft Office for their office suite, but now that Google Docs has offline editing it's a perfect replacement to Office for most students. The best part is the fact that it's free, but it also has pretty much everything you need: spreadsheets, presentations, and a document editor. It also stores you documents in the cloud so you never to worry about the horrible just-lost-my-paper panic.
Document Backup: Dropbox
We mention Dropbox in our annual Lifehacker Packs, but it's worth noting again for students. Not only is Dropbox a handy place to store all your files, it can also be a lifesaver when you realize you forgot to bring in an assignment. Simply pop into Dropbox, and email the link directly to your professor from any computer.
Instant Messaging: Pidgin
Instead of wasting your money on SMS messages for your phone, an easy way to save a little cash in school is to use an instant messaging client. The bonus is that if you're using it on your computer your professor probably won't even realize you're not paying attention.
Price: Free, open source
Video Chat: Skype
Whether you just miss your parents, or you want a cheap and free way to talk to friends at other schools, Skype is one of the easiest video chat clients to use. It's also a way to phone-ify your computer so you don't have to wory about an annoying cell phone bill.
The Extended Pack
Streaming Music: Spotify
You have an abundance of choices for streaming music on your computer, but we're fans of Spotify for its massive collection of songs, and its free radio apps on mobile. Rdio is also worth looking at if Spotify doesn't fit your needs. The point is, with streaming apps you don't have to worry about trying to afford music throughout your college career.
Secondary Office Suite: LibreOffice
While we generally prefer Google Docs for creating and editing your own documents, that doesn't mean everyone else does. Just to be safe, it's not bad to have an Office suite on your computer, and LibreOffice is nice to have around in case you can't access Google Docs. It's also helpful for when you need advanced formatting options for certain types of assignments.
Research Assistant: Mendeley
Keeping track of research can get really complicated, especially when you're working with a bunch of different documents from your library. Mendeley is an organization tool that helps you keep track of all those PDF files. It also lets you annotate and generates citations on the spot.
If you're looking for more great apps for your Windows machine beyond what's in our student pack, head to the Lifehacker Pack for Windows.
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Love the ui, and the features. The fact that it's free and is not overflowing with adds is awesome.Ammar MuhammadGoogle Play
Brilliant 2nd year of uni and wondering how I ever planned anything before this app... It may have just saved my life :DAnonymousWindows Phone
Great! I love My Study Life!! It is the most helpful app for students!!Hannah KingGoogle Play
Seriously awesome. From the concept, to the implementation- every details has been well thought of. A solid app that actually delivers.AnonymousWindows 8
Very good app to organize my work with a clean UI. Plus the cloud sync across devices is top. The best of its category, it gets the job done.JeremieWindows Phone
Love it! This app helps me keep my schedule organized and helps not to forget important dates in my chaotic life! Couldn't live without it!Stephanie HaynesGoogle Play
A long time coming... But well worth the wait. Love this app and can't wait for school to start so I can start using it!Yonatan WeissiOS App Store
You need to invest a little time to set it up but it is worth it. So far this has been an extremely handy way of keeping track of everything university related. The offline mode is invaluable.SofianeWindows Phone
The app is easy to use and its made my life a lot more organised. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who struggles to keep up with deadlines.AnonymousWindows 8
Really good, I've tried a few similar study organiser apps and this was by far my favourite :)AnonymousChrome Web Store
Really functional app, great layout and covers the essentials in planning for academic success. Glad I found this, it's really convenient!BigDog1248iOS App Store
So helpful you'd think you paid for it!Loren ThomasGoogle Play
Not only is this app amazing at organizing all my class's and exams and assignments, but it's also free. And there is nothing to buy where you get it. It is by far the best study calendar I have ever had. I strongly recommend this.Alexis WilsoniOS App Store
University Life Saver. Helps you not to forget when your next class, assignment or exam is. Once you've mastered how to set your timetable it's amazing to keep you on track.marcF6iOS App Store
This app keeps me organized and I love it. I particularly like how it gives me reminders and how it integrates with my schedule.AndreaWindows Phone
This app has been a life saver, no longer do I need to carry a cumbersome planner or have to switch through multiple apps to put in dates and a to-do list.NekoChan713iOS App Store
Great app, actually keeps me organised! Ability to use alternating weeks and simple interface really helpsOwenWindows Phone
I cannot express how fulfilling it is to see a capable app in the Store to do everything this app does. You can program in a schedule and the devs actually KNOW how schools work, not just guess.AnonymousWindows 8
Ever since I began using this app, I've become much more organized and on schedule with everything that I need to do. I would highly recommend this app to any student and especially college students.AnonymousWindows 8
A very good app, with all of the features needed for a good planner! Recommended for anyone at secondary and above! You can enter tests, assignments and homework. Very well made!AnonymousWindows 8
This app has lots of useful features that normal calendars don't. This helps me organizing tasks and I feel I get much more things done with this app.高橋渉Google Play
This may sound corny, but this app has changed my school life and I've never been so organized!Nicholas GerstungGoogle Play
I used to be very disorganized. Always missing assignments, forgetting about tests, and almost always forgetting where my classes are. This app has helped me stay on track with exams and assignments.Jayce ComlyGoogle Play
You can really depend on this app, store your college to do, time tables and other information. It manages it well and reminds you of tasks due. Great stuff.Jakub NiemiecGoogle Play
If you hate flipping through all your syllabuses to look when assignments or exams are then this is your app.AnonymousWindows 8
Easy to use. HUGE potential. I highly recommend this for any student who finds it difficult organising assignments and find time keeping a problem.Totally TheatreGoogle Play