With regards to the 'curated' bit in the title, all of these titles have been personally checked or recommended by a trusted reader of the site. See below the table for some helpful notes and background.
NB. I've included (and marked as such) the new Store-packaged PWAs (Progressive Web Applications). While not UWP, they're in the same category in my mind, and install in the usual way, but working with the Edge engine on Windows 10. Note that I've also included a few PWAs which haven't been professionally packaged in UWP wrappers - they're usually here because they're so fully featured or are for a major service. But don't let that stop you seeking other PWAs out too, via our Flow stories and via portals like Appscope.
Directory updated 31st May 2020
This then is a bookmarkable page of the top few hundred applications that should be a useful aide-memoire after a hard reset if rebuilding a Windows 10 phone from scratch or, perhaps more appropriately, a great place for a new Windows 10 Mobile user to start.
- FAQ: I don't mark new entries as 'new' in any way because there's no point - you already know what they are as we've featured them on the front pages of AAWP over the last month or so. These reference pages are just that - for reference. For newcomers and for people looking up recommendations.
- Thanks to the AAWP community for suggestions so far (e.g. in comments below and on previous pages), this is a crowd-sourced project!
- Not included (obviously) are games. They're here (for both 8.1 and W10M). Also not included are applications which come with every phone, such as the core Windows and Lumia apps.
- Yes, I know that a couple of entries are in two categories. Just trying to be helpful!
- Implemented as a table, I've kept the width right down, now with just two columns, in order to be phone-friendly. In other words, you can view this article on your phone and, depending on the link and the item, dive right into an app, its page and then download it. In theory!
- If you're after the original WP 8.1 app directories, they're here: Photo/Media/Reading and General. Though note that, as of 2020, the Store has closed down for Windows Phone 8.1-running devices. But I've left the directories because these 8.1 applications are still available in the W10M Store.