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Oct 08, 2012 at 03:35pm IST

Microsoft updating built-in Windows 8 apps ahead of October 26 release

New Delhi: Microsoft has announced in its official blog its plans to update some built-in apps for Windows 8. As the world is getting ready to witness the launch of Windows 8 OS, Microsoft is busy updating certain apps.

Leading up to general availability for Windows 8, Microsoft said that the company will be releasing updates for many of the apps that were included with the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 8 that was delivered to PC makers and to MSDN and TechNet subscribers in August.

"Naturally, these app updates will also be available to PC makers to include by default with their PCs shipping in the future, but for those of you who have already installed Windows 8 RTM, it is super easy to get the updates from the Store app," said the company. The Store tile will notify when updates are available.

Microsoft updating built-in Windows 8 apps

The Bing app is the first application to get the update. Other updates will roll out up until October 26th.

The Bing app is the first application to get the update. Other updates will roll out up until October 26th.

Here is the list of apps getting update and some highlights of the changes that you will see:

1. SkyDrive

Search within SkyDrive

Rename and move folders and files

New first-run experience

Custom sort order

2. Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging

Conversation view of your inbox

Complete IMAP account support

Accepting and declining invitations in email

Capturing and updating your account picture

Improved search

Search for a contact within the Messaging app

3. Photos

Crop and rotate photos

New auto-curated collage slideshows

View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups

Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when you open them from the desktop

3. Maps

Bird's eye view

3,000+ indoor venue maps

Driving directions hints

Improved navigation and layout

Improved customisation, including custom pushpins and roaming options

Integration with Bing and Travel apps

4. Bing

Richer search results for local content and images

Bing rewards integration

Use zoom on your search results to see related queries

Use the file picker to select an image from Bing to use on your lock screen or in your other apps

5. Finance

Additional news and magazine content

More market exchanges enabled

Finance videos

6. News

Additional news content from partners such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Enhanced article reader, including font customization, zoom, pagination, and more

Improved offline reading experience

News videos


7. Sports

Additional news and magazine content

Sports videos


New soccer leagues, including MLS, J. League, and Brazilian League

8. Travel

Additional news and magazine content

Improved flight search and new flight progress indicator

Improved hotel listing page

Interactive 360-degree panoramas (gyroscope supported)

9. Weather

Improved default location usability

Hourly weather forecasts, up to 10 days

Day & evening high/low temperatures

10. Video

Purchasing in local currencies

Closed captioning

Search by actor or director

11. Music

Expanded music services

Rich "Now Playing" experience

Discover more music with SmartDJ

12. Games

Exciting new games

In-game purchasing

Invites and turn notifications