Windows 8 Core Apps Get Refreshed, Starting Today
March 26, 2013 7:18 AM
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Mail, Calendar, and People apps all get subtle improvements
Microsoft Corp. (
) 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
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
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 (
) 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,
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.
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RE: Interest lacking
3/26/2013 7:07:07 PM
Windows ME was plagued with bugs and crashes
The main problem was a memory handling issue, If you used greater than 128mb of RAM then it would have all sorts of problems, after a quick regedit it would behave very nicely, simple fix but in those days there was a greater expectation that programs and OS's should be made correctly before release instead of updating and patching all the time. Win7 was relatively bug free when released and that went a very long way to it being so popular, MS could have easily left the start menu and left the choice of which interface to use depending on which devices it is used on. Win8 is good on a touch screen but fails on a desktop monitor. I as a Techy am listening to the none techies I help, most want the start button and menu the way it was and either want me to patch win8 or downgrade to win7 because they aren't using a touch screen.
"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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