Windows 8 RTM built-in apps revealed via screenshots – Bing, Xbox Music, Video, SmartGlass and more

By damaster | Posted August 2, 2012 24 comments

Microsoft just announced the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012 today, and along with the news also announced that the Windows Store is open for business. Thanks to a tweeted tip from George Sabourin, as well as some digging around ourselves, we managed to find some screenshots of some of the built-in apps that will ship as part of the RTM version of Windows 8. What we found includes a new Bing app, as well as Xbox-branded Music, Video, and SmartGlass apps, plus some improvements to the Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging apps (looks like a major overhaul of the People app too!). Check them out below:

Bing

Bing 1
Bing 2
Bing 3Bing 4

Xbox SmartGlass

Xbox SmartGlass 1Xbox SmartGlass 2Xbox SmartGlass 3

Xbox Music

Xbox Music 1
Xbox Music 2Xbox Music 3

Xbox Video

Xbox Video 1
Xbox Video 2Xbox Video 3

Xbox Games

Xbox Games 1
Xbox Games 2Xbox Games 3

Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging

Mail 1Mail 2People 1People 2Calendar 2Messaging

Photos

Photos

Camera

Camera 1
Camera 2Camera 3Camera 4

Of course, all we’ve shown you above are merely screenshots of the new apps. There may well be many more improvements and enhancements that aren’t shown in the screenshots, and you’ll only find out when you give them a try when Windows 8 becomes available. But from the looks of it, they sure do look beautiful!

Posted August 2nd, 2012 at 7:58 am
  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

    It’s a shame that the Mail app doesn’t have many of Outlook.com features, according to the screenshot – I hoped it would and that the 2 would basically be the same. Looks like I’ll be sticking with web access then.

    One thing I’m a little surprised about is that the RTM version of Windows 8 doesn’t refer to Outlook.com – in the setup screenshots, it still mentions the Microsoft account as being something you sign into Hotmail with, and I’m presuming the Mail app will think of Outlook.com accounts as Hotmail accounts – in a few years time, when Hotmail is a true thing of the past, Windows 8 won’t be very relevant.

    • http://twitter.com/Alimaggs Alastair Maggs

      True, but Windows 8 is much better at handling updates (both to the OS and to the Metro apps) – wouldn’t take much to update the naming/wording during installation (either of the OS, or the app being as Mail is really “just another app”)…

    • jrtorrents

      use of Microsoft account is for a reason. its not just mail but your Xboxmusic, Office 365, XBLA et all are in there 

  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin

    It’s a shame that the Mail app doesn’t have many of Outlook.com features, according to the screenshot – I hoped it would and that the 2 would basically be the same. Looks like I’ll be sticking with web access then.

    One thing I’m a little surprised about is that the RTM version of Windows 8 doesn’t refer to Outlook.com – in the setup screenshots, it still mentions the Microsoft account as being something you sign into Hotmail with, and I’m presuming the Mail app will think of Outlook.com accounts as Hotmail accounts – in a few years time, when Hotmail is a true thing of the past, Windows 8 won’t be very relevant.

    • http://twitter.com/Alimaggs Ali Maggs

      True, but Windows 8 is much better at handling updates (both to the OS and to the Metro apps) – wouldn’t take much to update the naming/wording during installation (either of the OS, or the app being as Mail is really “just another app”)…

    • jrtorrents

      use of Microsoft account is for a reason. its not just mail but your Xboxmusic, Office 365, XBLA et all are in there 

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    Just looks stunning! Loving it! Can’t wait for the Final Release of Windows 8!

  • http://www.facebook.com/robinvanveghel Robin van Veghel

    Just looks stunning! Loving it! Can’t wait for the Final Release of Windows 8!

  • frankwick

    People hub looks much better.  It looks like they copied the Windows Phone app which is MUCH better.   I don’t see any Skype integration though.

    • cmwind

      everything needs some serious Skype infusion… People, Messaging, whatever happened to that rumor “Phone” or “Call” app (it was supposed to allow VOIP/video calls)?

      and Messenger just needs to die… its already confusing to have Lync for enterprise and Skype for home… Skype needs to become the all encompassing brand for communication (although they botched that a little by making mail fall under the outlook brand)

  • frankwick

    People hub looks much better.  It looks like they copied the Windows Phone app which is MUCH better.   I don’t see any Skype integration though.

    • cmwind

      everything needs some serious Skype infusion… People, Messaging, whatever happened to that rumor “Phone” or “Call” app (it was supposed to allow VOIP/video calls)?

      and Messenger just needs to die… its already confusing to have Lync for enterprise and Skype for home… Skype needs to become the all encompassing brand for communication (although they botched that a little by making mail fall under the outlook brand)

  • cmwind

    looks like Mail needs “Quick views” support still and People needs “Group” support (outside of Favorites)…

    oh and I hope the Me section can be pinned to the Start Screen

  • cmwind

    looks like Mail needs “Quick views” support still and People needs “Group” support (outside of Favorites)…

    oh and I hope the Me section can be pinned to the Start Screen

  • http://adrielsonlinedomain.com/technology Adriel D. Mingo

    RIDICULOUSLY STUNNING! My Gosh, how do people hate this?!

  • http://www.modernlifetips.com/Adriel_Mingo Adriel D. Mingo

    RIDICULOUSLY STUNNING! My Gosh, how do people hate this?!

  • tuneslover

    Perfect!

  • tuneslover

    Perfect!

  • stone_phalanges

    I really don’t get the problems that people have with Windows 8. CLICK THE DESKTOP TILE, PROBLEM SOLVED MORON. I use windows 8 everyday and I haven’t seen a live tile in a week.

  • stone_phalanges

    I really don’t get the problems that people have with Windows 8. CLICK THE DESKTOP TILE, PROBLEM SOLVED MORON. I use windows 8 everyday and I haven’t seen a live tile in a week.

  • http://twitter.com/MikyK Michael Košut

    this is amazing….It looks great! I just can´t wait to get Surface with W8 and update of my wp7.5 to wp7.8 . I love Microsoft these days.

  • Michael Košut

    this is amazing….It looks great! I just can´t wait to get Surface with W8 and update of my wp7.5 to wp7.8 . I love Microsoft these days.

  • Eric Snyder

    A great improvement and more updates likely to come.   Cannot wait to get my Surface machines …. and start writing my apps

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Snyder/100000147969874 Eric Snyder

    A great improvement and more updates likely to come.   Cannot wait to get my Surface machines …. and start writing my apps