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Five of the best Windows 8 preview apps (so far)

The Tower by American Airlines

I'm an aviation buff, so maybe that colors my opinion, but I love this app. I hope they add more functionality to it in future iterations, but for now I just like the way it looks sitting there on my monitor. The Tower lets you check the status of flights, find out where a flight in the air is at the moment, and get the weather and gate postings for AA hub airports.

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