Windows 8 Built-in App Updates Now Available

Microsoft confirmed last week that Windows 8 built-in apps would be updated before the October 26th launch. Download them for the RTM version.

Last week Microsoft’s Steven Sinofsky, posted on the Building Windows 8 blog that updates for the built-in Windows 8 apps were coming. And they’re starting to roll out now for RTM users to download. The built in apps are for the new touch enabled interface (modern / metro UI). These are the essential apps like Mail, News, Maps, and Photos.

In his article, Steven confirms that all of the Windows 8 built-in  apps will be updated before  general availability on October 26th. At the time of this writing, I found that these eight were available.

Windows 8 Apps Updates

Here’s a look at one of the new features in the SkyDrive app. Previously when you launched it for the first time, you were bought straight into the folder structure. Now there’s a new first-run screen that shows a video explaining how SkyDrive works. This will be especially helpful to new users of the OS.

New SkyDrive Start Screen

New Windows 8 App Features

Here’s a complete list of the new features in each app — via Building Windows 8 Blog:


  • Search within SkyDrive
  • Rename and move folders and files
  • New first-run experience
  • Custom sort order

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


  • 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


  • Bird’s eye view
  • 3,000+ indoor venue maps
  • Driving directions hints
  • Improved navigation and layout
  • Improved customization, including custom pushpins and roaming options
  • Integration with Bing and Travel apps


  • 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


  • Additional news and magazine content
  • More market exchanges enabled
  • Finance videos


  • 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
  • Slideshows


  • Additional news and magazine content
  • Sports videos
  • Slideshows
  • New soccer leagues, including MLS, J. League, and Brazilian League


  • Additional news and magazine content
  • Improved flight search and new flight progress indicator
  • Improved hotel listing page
  • Interactive 360-degree panoramas (gyroscope supported)


  • Improved default location usability
  • Hourly weather forecasts, up to 10 days
  • Day & evening high/low temperatures


  • Purchasing in local currencies
  • Closed captioning
  • Search by actor or director


  • Expanded music services
  • Rich “Now Playing” experience
  • Discover more music with SmartDJ


  • Exciting new games
  • In-game purchasing
  • Invites and turn notifications
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