When it comes to mobile devices, the spotlight often stays on iOS and Android. However, Windows Phone is building a strong following as well. From the live panel interface to exclusive apps, there are plenty of reasons more people are considering Microsoft’s mobile operating system.

While the app availability is no doubt lower, most popular apps are available. And, there are a few exclusive options that could make your Android or iOS friends green with envy.

Here are a some excellent apps, exclusive to Windows, that we think you'll love.

Nextgen Reader

From news updates to your favorite blog posts, many use RSS readers to keep up to date on what is going on around the world and the Internet. Nextgen Reader is a simple yet powerful RSS reader for Windows Mobile.

With support for importing through Feedly, a clean interface and integration with Instapaper, Read It Later and Readability, the app makes it easy to read on your mobile device or save items for retrieval later on your PC.

Price: $1.99

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Disqus

Disqus is a comment system used on many popular blogs and websites from around the world. With a convenient dashboard, it is easy to make comments, track replies and keep up with discussions from around the web.

When it comes to mobile access, Windows Phone is the only mobile operating systems with an official app for Disqus. From push notifications for thread updates to live tile support and full moderation abilities, this app offers the power of the web interface in your pocket.

Price: Free

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Halo: Spartan Assault

Since it’s initial release over a decade ago on the original Xbox, Halo has built a massive following of players and fans. Halo: Spartan Assault brings the Halo experience to a mobile platform. With a variety of missions available, this app is one of the best first-person shooting games available on any mobile device and exclusive to Windows phones.

Price: $6.99

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Baconit

Reddit has quickly become one of the Internet’s favorite places to discuss topics, keep up with news and events or interact with celebrities, scientists and other figures from around the world. With millions of users daily, the site is always bustling and can be difficult to keep up with.

From pinning posts for access later to managing your subreddits and live tile support, Baconit offers an easy, portable way to interact with your Reddit account on the go. Not only is it a Windows Phone exclusive, but it is considered to be one of the best mobile Reddit apps available for any mobile OS.

Price: Free

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Verdict

Windows Phone is still maturing, but it has plenty to offer. With it’s simplistic approach and an emphasis on making the user interface as beautiful as it is simple, it is gaining popularity.

If you’ve considered trying to a Windows phone, these apps are great reasons to dive in.