Sneak peek at all new Windows 8.1 Mail, Calendar and People apps

By Picturepan2 | In Featured, News | Posted June 29, 2013 30 comments

Windows Mail, Calendar and People apps will get revamped and updated in Windows 8.1, though Microsoft doesn’t push out these new version apps in preview stage. During a last day Build 2013 session, Windows Mail app lead PM demoed the new version of Mail app. Now, we have more screenshots to share with you about all new Windows 8.1 Mail, Calendar and People apps.

Sneak Peek at all new Windows 8.1 Mail, Calendar and People apps

Windows 8.1 Mail app

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We already saw some new improvements and features at the Build – new improved left sidebar, multi-window snap view, contact card with Skype chat button, and even Outlook.com features.

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Windows 8.1 Mail app will also get side-by-side Snap View mode for composing email while reading another email.

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Windows 8.1 People app

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Windows 8.1 People app will have some design changes, which also includes search box within app and a new contact name filter control. Contact profile page in People app will get new design consistent to home screen.

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Windows 8.1 Calendar app

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Most Windows 8.1 Calendar app is unchanged yet, but we understand Microsoft will introduce a new view of calendar called “What’s Next”, looks similar to old Photos app home screen.

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According to The Verge’s sources, Messaging app will be killed off and replaced by Skype app.

(via LiveSino)

Posted June 29th, 2013 at 9:59 pm
  • TALAN1314

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  • davidmk

    Looks like some improvements coming… but I still can’t try 8.1… EN-GB

  • davidmk

    Looks like some improvements coming… but I still can’t try 8.1… EN-GB

  • Agosto Nuñez

    I hope they’ll integrate better with Microsoft’s Skype.

  • Agosto Nuñez

    I hope they’ll integrate better with Microsoft’s Skype.

  • Travis Pope

    Interesting that they seem to be adding search boxes into all of their applications. Usage data must have shown the absolute disaster it was to rely on Contextual searches using the Charm. Can’t imagine why they did that in 8.0. Charms are obvious but they aren’t that obvious.

    • damaster

      Part of the reason of adding search boxes in the apps now is because in Windows 8.1, the Search charm no longer search directly within an app (at least I can’t get it working that away again).
      Previously I can click on the Search charm, type in a keyword, then just click on an app to search within that app. The Search charm no longer works that way in Windows 8.1.
      What I really wish not to happen is having the Search charm work like the Search button in Windows Phone again – it no longer being contextual. But I guess it is starting to head that way…

      • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe

        You can still use the Search charm and get results for the opened app; you just need to click the drop-down menu and select it. Of course that is tedious and not user friendly.

        It reminds me of the search button issue in Windows Phone 7.0, by the time Mango was released this change occurred too.

  • Travis Pope

    Interesting that they seem to be adding search boxes into all of their applications. Usage data must have shown the absolute disaster it was to rely on Contextual searches using the Charm. Can’t imagine why they did that in 8.0. Charms are obvious but they aren’t that obvious.

    • damaster

      Part of the reason of adding search boxes in the apps now is because in Windows 8.1, the Search charm no longer search directly within an app (at least I can’t get it working that away again).
      Previously I can click on the Search charm, type in a keyword, then just click on an app to search within that app. The Search charm no longer works that way in Windows 8.1.
      What I really wish not to happen is having the Search charm work like the Search button in Windows Phone again – it no longer being contextual. But I guess it is starting to head that way…

      • http://josedmorales.net/ Joe Morales

        You can still use the Search charm and get results for the opened app; you just need to click the drop-down menu and select it. Of course that is tedious and not user friendly.

        It reminds me of the search button issue in Windows Phone 7.0, by the time Mango was released this change occurred too.

  • cmwind

    People looks nicer aesthetically but still functionally useless. Here’s what I need these apps to do:

    -Looks like it still only supports “favorites” instead of the more robust “groups” and “rooms” options WinPhone8 offers. Skype should support these also

    -The “what’s new” social updates look like they still scroll horizontally (MS, queues should be displayed vertically) “what’s new” should function like the “hourly forecast” in the “weather” app

    -Each contact should have a “history” section showing past communication between you and that contact

    -“Me” should be its own pin-able tile

    -People live tile needs to be updated. (the grid of photos is ugly w/o windows phone style fading animations and transitions – this is true of all win8 live tiles but particularly true of People app)

    -Calendar needs to support Google Calendar (makes no sense to offer it for some customers – windows phone – but not others)
    -Skype needs to support contact linking (in app)
    -Skype needs to have two pin-able sections “phone” and “messaging” (same app, just 2 distinct sections that can be pinned)

    • cmwind

      Mail looks really great. Wish they were demonstrating that much attention to detail with the rest of these apps

    • Jason Kohlhoff

      Yeah, pretty much just add everything that Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 already have!

      • msheets1

        So true! Just bring that app — literally VERBATIM — to Windows 8 and it would be an absolutely remarkable improvement. It would add amazing value to the ecosystem and would give me some meat to sell with Windows 8.1!

  • cmwind

    People looks nicer aesthetically but still functionally useless. Here’s what I need these apps to do:

    -Looks like it still only supports “favorites” instead of the more robust “groups” and “rooms” options WinPhone8 offers. Skype should support these also

    -The “what’s new” social updates look like they still scroll horizontally (MS, queues should be displayed vertically) “what’s new” should function like the “hourly forecast” in the “weather” app

    -Each contact should have a “history” section showing past communication between you and that contact

    -“Me” should be its own pin-able tile

    -People live tile needs to be updated. (the grid of photos is ugly w/o windows phone style fading animations and transitions – this is true of all win8 live tiles but particularly true of People app)

    -Calendar needs to support Google Calendar (makes no sense to offer it for some customers – windows phone – but not others)
    -Skype needs to support contact linking (in app)
    -Skype needs to have two pin-able sections “phone” and “messaging” (same app, just 2 distinct sections that can be pinned)

    • cmwind

      Mail looks really great. Wish they were demonstrating that much attention to detail with the rest of these apps

    • Jason Kohlhoff

      Yeah, pretty much just add everything that Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 already have!

      • msheets1

        So true! Just bring that app — literally VERBATIM — to Windows 8 and it would be an absolutely remarkable improvement. It would add amazing value to the ecosystem and would give me some meat to sell with Windows 8.1!

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

    It would be nice if the Mail App (as well as IE) could be bothered to give us the ability to print out just a range of pages on request. Here we are, on the verge of 8.1, and the Mail and IE team still haven’t got to grips with the new printing engine in Windows 8.

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

    It would be nice if the Mail App (as well as IE) could be bothered to give us the ability to print out just a range of pages on request. Here we are, on the verge of 8.1, and the Mail and IE team still haven’t got to grips with the new printing engine in Windows 8.

  • http://www.elitecomics.net/ gerry rivers

    it should be a way to make calls via Skype through the People’s App. I don’t understand the reasoning behind the Messaging App in the first place if Skype was already there or just combine the People’s App and Messaging App together

  • gerry rivers

    it should be a way to make calls via Skype through the People’s App. I don’t understand the reasoning behind the Messaging App in the first place if Skype was already there or just combine the People’s App and Messaging App together

  • Emiliano Magliocca

    please for skype apps (wp and win8/rt):
    – real offline messages like messenger
    – facebook chat integration
    – real unifcation of microfot and skype accounts

    • Emiliano Magliocca

      - favorites sync

  • Emiliano Magliocca

    please for skype apps (wp and win8/rt):
    – real offline messages like messenger
    – facebook chat integration
    – real unifcation of microfot and skype accounts

    • Emiliano Magliocca

      - favorites sync

  • msheets1

    Please just say that it finally integrates rooms and groups! (especially if Rooms facilitates sharing of more than just photos!) That seriously is my number one want for Windows 8.1 release.

  • msheets1

    Please just say that it finally integrates rooms and groups! (especially if Rooms facilitates sharing of more than just photos!) That seriously is my number one want for Windows 8.1 release.