More Windows 8 apps updated: Bing, Mail, more

By Kip Kniskern | Posted October 9, 2012 19 comments

If you’re running the RTM version of Windows 8 (if you’re not on MSDN, you can try out a 90 day Evaluation while you’re waiting for that $39 upgrade in 3 weeks), you can now get updated versions of more of the “built-in” Windows 8 apps, including new versions of News, Sports, Maps, Bing, Photos, and Mail / Calendar / People / Messaging, along with the update to SkyDrive we already told you about.

built in updates

If you don’t see the updates in the Windows Store, just open the store and go to Charms>Settings>App Updates>check for updates (thanks Andrew!).  A blog post on the Building Windows 8 blog listed most of the changes, and we’re still waiting for updated apps for Finance, Travel, Weather, Video, Music, and Games, but it’s good to see IMAP support in Mail, crop and rotate in Photos, and a nice new treatment of Bird’s eye view in maps:

birds eye app

Once you zoom down to close enough (if Bird’s eye is available), the icon above the plus and minus buttons toggles between the four points of the compass and a square for straight-down aerial view.  It’s a nice simple treatment that makes it easy to switch between views (you can still toggle between Road and Aerial view by right clicking or swiping up from the bottom on a touch device).

We’re still getting used to the idea of leaving our old tried and true desktop apps behind (something that will come much easier once we get our hands on a Surface tablet) but we’re more impressed with this set of updated apps than we were when they first came out.

Are you impressed with the new apps?  Let us know what you think.

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 1:21 am
Category: Featured, News
Tags: Apps, Windows 8
  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    No problem :D

  • http://www.andrewtechhelp.com/ Andrew Tech Help

    No problem :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/emiliano.magliocca Emiliano Magliocca

    maps still miss, add destination  point and option to choose for car/foot/bike

  • Emiliano Magliocca

    maps still miss, add destination  point and option to choose for car/foot/bike

  • http://twitter.com/efjay01 Ef Jay

    Hasn’t imap support been there all along? I haven’t applied the updates yet but when going to add an account and I choose “other account” and then choose “show more details” it shows fields to add imap server settings. Not sure why this is being called new functionality.

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      This update adds “full IMAP support”, don’t know how it’s different from last time.

      • yd

        Well, IMAP via SSL did not work until now (as I recall correctly). But I still can’t send emails via SMTP on submission port (both encrypted and unencrypted).

  • efjay

    Hasn’t imap support been there all along? I haven’t applied the updates yet but when going to add an account and I choose “other account” and then choose “show more details” it shows fields to add imap server settings. Not sure why this is being called new functionality.

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

      This update adds “full IMAP support”, don’t know how it’s different from last time.

      • yd

        Well, IMAP via SSL did not work until now (as I recall correctly). But I still can’t send emails via SMTP on submission port (both encrypted and unencrypted).

  • Mark Noble

    The News app update said “News & Weather” as it does in your screenshot.

    - Bleak Morn

    • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98

      “News and Weather” is the category of apps the News app comes from.

  • Mark Noble

    The News app update said “News & Weather” as it does in your screenshot.

    - Bleak Morn

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

      “News and Weather” is the category of apps the News app comes from.

  • Sugadevan

    I Got the updates, im frm India :)

  • Sugadevan

    I Got the updates, im frm India :)

  • Scott

    why can’t the mail app support pop3? SO many people use their ISP email, which most tend to be Pop3(Earthlink, roadrunner, cox, etc..)

  • Scott

    why can’t the mail app support pop3? SO many people use their ISP email, which most tend to be Pop3(Earthlink, roadrunner, cox, etc..)

  • xkret