As expected, Windows 8 “built-in” apps to get an update

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted October 4, 2012 10 comments

We learned a lot of stuff we already knew today, from AT&T’s announcement that they were going to sell the Nokia 920 (ok, the exclusive part was news), to “news” about the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launch events, to the blog post later this afternoon from the Building Windows 8 blog announcing that the built in Windows 8 apps would be getting updates.

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Not, “here’s your updates” mind you.  No, it couldn’t be that easy.  Instead, Microsoft will be rolling out Windows 8 apps updates between sometime in the near future until Windows 8 General Availability (GA) on October 26th.  Apps that are due to be updated include Bing, SkyDrive, Mail / Calendar / People / and Messaging, Photos, Maps, Finance, News, Sports, Travel, Weather, Video, Music, and Games.

Highlights include IMAP support coming for the Mail app (yay!), Search within SkyDrive (but no mention of selective sync), Bird’s eye view and indoor venue maps in Bing Maps, Bing Rewards, New York Times and Wall St. Journal content in News, “expanded music services” in Music, and lots lots more.

Check out the blog post, and keep an eye on your Windows 8 Store tile for updates as these apps roll out while we wait for the Surface to go on sale!

Posted October 4th, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Category: News
Tags: Apps, Windows 8
  • http://twitter.com/AndyD33 Andy D

    Hey Kip, did you notice under the list of updates for Photos that they mentioned “Windows Home Server.”

    I just find that an interesting mention since to my knowledge WHS was scrapped this go around.

    Also, have they announced any surface pricing yet? (did I miss it somehow?)

    • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

      The key point about the Photo App update is that support for network locations has been added. WHS just happens to be an example of a network location. There’s no further significance.

  • Andy D

    Hey Kip, did you notice under the list of updates for Photos that they mentioned “Windows Home Server.”

    I just find that an interesting mention since to my knowledge WHS was scrapped this go around.

    Also, have they announced any surface pricing yet? (did I miss it somehow?)

    • http://gcoupe.wordpress.com/ Geoff Coupe

      The key point about the Photo App update is that support for network locations has been added. WHS just happens to be an example of a network location. There’s no further significance.

  • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

    Yes, but despite the mention, we’re pretty sure WHS didn’t just get a last minute reprieve.  No Surface pricing yet, and no word on whether we’ll have to wait until Oct 25th to find out how much money we’ll have to shell out later that night as they go on sale at midnight ;)

  • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

    Yes, but despite the mention, we’re pretty sure WHS didn’t just get a last minute reprieve.  No Surface pricing yet, and no word on whether we’ll have to wait until Oct 25th to find out how much money we’ll have to shell out later that night as they go on sale at midnight ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.sosa.albert Carlos Sosa Albert

    Ey, Kip… “[…] Search within SkyDrive (but no mention of selective sync) […]”… I don’t believe they were talking about the SkyDrive desktop app, but instead the (useless) SkyDrive Windows 8 metro app…

    • Calum James

      Why do you find the “Metro” app useless?

  • http://www.facebook.com/carlos.sosa.albert Carlos Sosa Albert

    Ey, Kip… “[…] Search within SkyDrive (but no mention of selective sync) […]”… I don’t believe they were talking about the SkyDrive desktop app, but instead the (useless) SkyDrive Windows 8 metro app…

    • Calum James

      Why do you find the “Metro” app useless?