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15 December, 2011
Part 4: The Best Free Windows Phone Apps of 2011
Today is the fourth day that we are presenting to you our choise of the top 10 free apps for each mobile OS. As the year closes, make sure you haven’t missed some precious app that will make your life easier or more fun. We will also post these articles on Facebook, if you’d like to add your own suggestions or comment on our selection.

Presenting: The Top 10 Free Windows Phone Apps of the Year

  • Allrecipes - Brings thousands of top-rated recipes to your Windows Phone handset. This Mango-optimized app lets you multitask, pin a Live Tile to the home screen (which updates with a fresh recipe on a daily basis), and function as a digital cookbook with the favorite recipes option. We recommend the fun Dinner spinner which will suggest delicious recipes based on your choice of meal type, main ingredient and cooking time.

Rating 4.5/5 stars out of 400+ reviews

  • Amazon Mobile - Lets you search for items, compare prices, make purchases, and more. Current Amazon customers can access their existing shopping carts, wish lists, payment and shipping options, as well as order histories.

Rating 4.5/5 stars out of 700+ reviews

  • Evernote – Note-taking and archiving software and service. This Mango-powered app now lets you pin template tiles to the home screen (so you can create a new note with a single screen tap) and sync data in the background. It’s easily one of the best Mango productivity apps for folks looking to get things done or to organize their daily information intake.

Rating 3.5/5 stars out of 400+ reviews

  • Flixster - The app lets you plan movie nights by serving up trailers, showtimes, and Rotten Tomatoes-powered critic reviews. Flixster brings multitasking, Bing mobile search integration, and the ability to pin favorite movies and theaters to the home screen as live tiles.

Rating 4.5/5 stars out of 7,400+ reviews

  • Pocket Recorder– This app transforms your phone into a mini-recording studio where you can also edit audio. Now compatible with Windows Phone 7 Mango, the app now lets you create ringtones from your recordings, pin them as tiles to your start menu, and many more features.
Rating 4/5 stars out of 570+ reviews

  • Slacker Radio - The app provides an excellent mix of comedy and music channels that you can customize the way you like by either favoring or banning artists and tracks. New to the Slacker Radio app is Windows Phone 7.5 Mango multitasking support that keeps the audio flowing in the background when you open another app.

Rating 3/5 stars out of 400+ reviews

  • TuneIn Radio - Lets you listen to over 50,000 talk and music broadcasts. It differs from Slacker Radio in that it streams live local and international audio from sources such as the BBC and NPR. Windows Phone 7.5 Mango multitasking functionality lets you listen to audio while tinkering with other apps, and pin individual stations to the home screen.

Rating 4.5/5 stars out of 1300+ reviews

  • WP7Applist - Helps you track other apps. With it, you can follow new app releases, app updates, price drops, and apps that have gone from paid to free. W7Applist lets you filter by price, and even ranks apps based on their ratings in Windows Phone 7's American, Italian, and British marketplaces

Rating 4.5/5 stars out of 780+ reviews

  • ESPN ScoreCenter – brings you scores, news, and standings from hundreds of sports leagues around the world. Whether you follow the NFL or the Premier League, the Ashes or MLB, MMA or Formula One, ScoreCenter offers the most comprehensive global sports coverage available on your Windows Phone.

Rating 4/5 stars out of 1100+ reviews

  • Groupon - Groupon features 50%-90% off deals on the best stuff to do, eat, see and buy. Discover your town and the world with Daily Deals. Groupon is available in more than 500 cities around the world, and there are new cities and deals added every day.

Rating 3.5/5 stars out of 330+ reviews

Note: All ratings are taken from the US Windows Phone Marketplace on Dec 15, 2011.