We’ve got a ton of educational, informative apps in the Windows Store. We’ve reviewed Wikipedia and Encyclopedia Britannica, to name just a few. You can put Khan Academy in that category, for sure. And today, we’re going to review ChaCha for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows RT, an application that’s here to provide free answers to your questions. If you’ve been using the ChaCha website, then this new application for Windows 10, Windows 8/RT device will be a welcome addition.
Some might think – why use ChaCha when you have Google at your hands? Well, the answer is simple – Google might not deliver such “personal” results as the ChaCha application does. There are more than 2 billion questions/answers in their database and they even claim that it’s the biggest Q&A database in the world. Let’s see how the app behaves in Windows 10. Windows 8.
ChaCha in Windows 10, Windows 8
To remind you once more, ChaCha is also a search engine, but it’s human-guided, so this means that the answers are edited and made perfect for you. When you first open up the application, it will first display a window like the one above. The design of the application is well-suited for Windows 10, Windows 8 and RT devices, unlike other failures (hear that, BBC?). There are three big categories: Recent Questions, Featured Questions and Gallery.
If you’ve got a ChaCha account, then you should sign in in order to get a better experience. The good point is that the Sign up works directly from within the application, so you won’t have to exit and open a browser tab. We complained about the bad use of ads in the Top Gear app for Windows 10, Windows 8, but in ChaCha, the square ad is very well placed, but still looks a little intrusive. And all ads are video and of high-quality, to end that.
Ask ChaCha anything
Besides the three big categories, there is a left column where you have the following: Ask ChaCha, MyAnswers, NearMe. And here comes the feature that I love the most – Ask ChaCha. Asking ChaCha is being done, once more, through the know-and-do-it-all Charms bar.
You just type in what is it that you’re curious about that ChaCha will start searching that for you! You’ll be given the answer to your question and, also, there will be displayed related questions that might further interest you. The Gallery is like an informative wiki section, with interesting articles on just about anything.
From what I saw, ChaCha use its own database and also the one of WolframAlpha. In the MyAnswers category, you can see all the answers to the questions you’ve asked. Also, there’s a NearMe section that displays question asked by person leaving near you but it will show more results for USA residents. I found the ChaCha app for Windows 10, Windows 8 to be pretty fast, but that’s also according to your Internet speed. I hope the ChaCha Windows 10, Windows 8 app will manage to help you.
ChaCha guide was discontinued in late 2016 due to lack of funds. However 2.0.15 version of the app is still available in Windows Store and you can easily download and try it. This version works on both Windows 8 and 10. You can ask questions in snap mode and it allows you to share your answers on different social media.
If you are interested in another app which will give answers to some of your questions, we suggest checking out the official Answers.com app for Windows PC users.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November, 2012 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.