Windows 8 Core Apps Get Refreshed, Starting Today
March 26, 2013 7:18 AM
comment(s) - last by
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Interest lacking
3/27/2013 4:19:08 AM
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.
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
Windows Blue Build Leaks, Shows Off UI Tune-Up
March 25, 2013, 11:10 AM
CES 2013: Industry Source -- More Than 3 Out of 4 Enthusiasts Reject Windows 8
January 11, 2013, 6:48 PM
Quick Note: Microsoft Announces 60 Million Windows 8 Licenses Sold
January 8, 2013, 5:30 PM
Windows 8 Editions Introduced: Meet S/T, "Pro", and "RT"
April 17, 2012, 10:19 AM
Cortana, Xbox App, OneDrive Apps/Settings Backup Added to Windows 10 Build
December 15, 2014, 3:43 PM
Quick Note: Windows Phone Finally Gets Candy Crush Saga
December 13, 2014, 2:03 PM
Next Windows 10 Test Build Likely to Land on Jan. 21, Press Event Announced
December 11, 2014, 5:49 PM
New FourSquare App Hits Windows Store, WinPhone Gets Official Minecraft App
December 10, 2014, 2:15 PM
RIP, Microsoft Clip Art (1993 to 2014), You'll be Missed (Sort of)
December 3, 2014, 3:54 PM
Quick Note: Monday is Last Day for Half Off (or More) Square Enix Games
December 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
Most Popular Articles
Android-Powered BLU Studio 7.0 Claims to be the "World's Largest Smartphone"
December 19, 2014, 2:40 PM
Paramount Bans Team America Screenings, Cowers Submissively to North Korea
December 18, 2014, 10:26 PM
Miyamoto: Nintendo is Prepping Successor to Troubled Wii U
December 22, 2014, 6:28 PM
Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Drops to $299 (30 Percent Off) for a Day
December 22, 2014, 10:57 AM
News Corp's Fox is Terrified of North Korea, Kills Upcoming Steve Carell Film
December 18, 2014, 4:09 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information