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Mail, Calendar, and People apps all get subtle improvements

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is preparing for the launch of Windows Blue later this year, but in the meantime it's freshening Windows 8 with a series of updates to its core apps.  Mail, People, and Calendar hubs all receive minor makeovers today.  And while the changes are unlikely to change the minds of Windows 8's detractors, they're a welcome improvement for those who have adopted the new-look Microsoft OS.

The new apps all fall under the umbrella of a single "Unified Communications" app.

The email (Mail) update includes new smart algorithms to predict contacts based on your most frequent contacts and smarter search algorithms.  Flagging/filtering options have also been refined, making it easier to only see unread messages or alternatively to start flagging junk mail.  Lastly, there's a new message editor that adds things like easy options for hyperlink or list insertion.

The People app includes subtle improvements that make it easier to filter or post content to Facebook, Inc.'s (FB) ubiquitous social network.  The Calendar app includes a new workweek option.  Both the Calendar and People apps are more tightly integrated into Mail to make choosing contacts or sending event invitations easier.

Today's update is being delivered via the Windows Store.  Reportedly more app refreshes may follow the Unified Communications update, according to ZDNet.

Windows 8 app refresh
Mail is among the refreshed apps.

Some in the Bing AppEx team, which maintains the Weather, News, and Sports -- are reportedly looking to refresh its lineup.  And Xbox Entertainment app will reportedly be refreshed later this month or early next month, improving the music and gaming options.

It looks like you may not have to wait until Windows Blue to start experience some of Microsoft's "lessons learned".  Keep your eye on the Windows Store today for the update and in the next couple weeks for the Xbox app follow-up.

Sources: Microsoft, ZDNet



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RE: Interest lacking
By Da W on 3/26/2013 1:26:11 PM , Rating: 1
Plese trolls, note that Microsoft don't base its buisness decision from the rant you post on 2nd grade tech sites but ratter on sales, usage data and educated review.
Anybody who used a touchscreen Windows with a touchscreen device will tell you that it Works.
You run on a 1995 computer with a mouse and keyboard, stick with Windows 7 and shut up.


RE: Interest lacking
By Ramstark on 3/26/2013 1:51:56 PM , Rating: 3
OMG this post just made my day.
A lot of trolls like Reclaimer77 that write on this site are so passionate about their writing that they actually think they will get listened.

The 90% user base that are not power users are happy with Windows 8 and they will continue to be grateful for this updates and updates like Windows "Blue".

Even power users on the Windows Support Forums get less attention that the "common Jane Doe" that need to find a specific task and it takes her more than 3 clics to find it, wanna now why? USERBASE USERBASE USERBASE!!


RE: Interest lacking
By Reclaimer77 on 3/26/2013 5:19:29 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Plese trolls, note that Microsoft don't base its buisness decision from the rant you post on 2nd grade tech sites but ratter on sales, usage data and educated review.


Yes and the facts are Windows 8 has bombed even with the outrageously low entry price. Meaning the usage data is FAR below Windows 7. And it's getting tarred and feathered by educated reviewers like:

http://www.nngroup.com/articles/windows-8-disappoi...

quote:
You run on a 1995 computer with a mouse and keyboard, stick with Windows 7 and shut up.


lol wow, and you call others "trolls". OKAY!


RE: Interest lacking
By Kepler on 3/27/2013 4:19:08 AM , Rating: 2
Used it in beta, and "upgraded" on release, and sincerely regret it. There is absolutely no reason to remove the start menu from desktop mode. I shouldn't have to spend extra money to give myself basic functionality.

I understand that the interface works well on touch devices, but people have to stop pretending that it works on a desktop. Calling people trolls who think windows 8 sucks is just ridiculous. The only reason people are buying windows 8 is because that is all that is available on their computers.

I was so hopeful with Dell offering Ubuntu on their XPS 13, now that MS has invested so much in them, I think that ship has sailed. :( Especially with the 1080p panel upgrade in the latest model.


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