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Microsoft Overhauling Three Core Windows 8 Apps

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Mail, People and Calendar apps are getting an overhaul.

Is Microsoft gearing up for its Windows Blue public preview? The company's Brandon LeBlanc said on Tuesday that the Redmond company plans to overhaul Windows 8's main apps starting this week. These will include the Mail, Calendar and People apps, three of which have come under fire since before the original Windows 8 launch for their poor design and difficulty in use.

"This update will bring improvements to your Windows experience across your whole life - your personal communication and your work," he said. "You will see big improvements to performance and additional new features to make it easier to connect with friends and colleagues, manage your inboxes, create and send email, and manage your calendar."

LeBlanc says that the updated Mail app will allow users to better manage multiple email accounts, and filter the inbox itself so that they only see unread messages. Users can also finally create and delete folders directly within the Mail app, and select all items within a folder and move them (or delete them all).

"I also often flag important emails that will need more of my attention, and the Mail app now lets me do this," LeBlanc said. "Flagged emails will show in your inbox (or any other folder in the account) and in a 'Flagged' folder within the Mail app so you can see all flagged email messages."

As for the Calendar app, it now sports a new look, and provides color-coded events for keeping work and personal events separate. It also accommodates the use of scheduling assistants for business accounts that use Microsoft Exchange, but support for Google Calendar is no longer available as Google has removed support for Microsoft's app (we couldn't possibly begin to imagine why).

Finally, there's the People app, likely the less loved of the three, which tries to cram all your social feeds like Twitter and Skype into one screen. It now provides a new navigation bar at the top that allows the user to quickly move from the profile to whatever friends are doing online. Users can even post on their friends' Facebook wall directly from the updated app.

"The features that are part of this update for the Mail, Calendar, and People apps are designed to align with the different habits people have for staying on top of their email and schedule and staying organized," he said. "These updates are part of our ongoing focus and commitment to continually improving your Windows experience. This means that the experience on Windows PCs and tablets will keep getting richer."

For additional details about what the new updates will bring, check out the Microsoft blog here.

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    volkov956 , March 27, 2013 6:08 PM
    *Tunmble Weeds*
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    jhansonxi , March 27, 2013 6:15 PM
    I think they would be better off providing a basic Office 365 subscription. If they're trying to kill the desktop they might as well embrace Internet-connected mobile usage entirely. All home PC users I know use web-based email (including those on dial-up connections).
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    opmopadop , March 27, 2013 6:41 PM
    Any word on POP3 support?
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    lp231 , March 27, 2013 6:42 PM
    volkov956*Tunmble Weeds*

    Or *chirping crickets*
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    danwat1234 , March 27, 2013 6:49 PM
    Apple should start making some new "Mac vs PC" ads.
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    tomfreak , March 27, 2013 6:54 PM
    the biggest problem with win8 app is the missing "_" & "X" button at the top right.
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    phump , March 27, 2013 7:18 PM
    the biggest problem with win8 app is the missing "_" & "X" button at the top right.

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    amd656 , March 27, 2013 8:12 PM
    Please review and sign my petiton and spread the word.
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    alidan , March 27, 2013 8:21 PM
    danwat1234Apple should start making some new "Mac vs PC" ads.

    we are so good they are copying us?
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    danwat1234 , March 27, 2013 8:31 PM
    alidanwe are so good they are copying us?

    If Apple makes fun of Metro that might make a difference. I don't think civilians can sway Microsoft to stop their foolishness.
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    anxiousinfusion , March 27, 2013 8:44 PM
    danwat1234Apple should start making some new "Mac vs PC" ads.

    Where PC is getting massive amounts of cheap plastic surgery to try and look like Mac.
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    fnh , March 27, 2013 8:51 PM
    danwat1234Apple should start making some new "Mac vs PC" ads.

    Apple probably couldn't cost-justify the ads, given how Windows 8 trips itself up on its own.
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    nebun , March 27, 2013 9:05 PM
    thanks but no thanks....i use none of those about improve the start button....wait, bring it back
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    edogawa , March 27, 2013 9:17 PM
    Who ever is in charge of making an aggressive stance to push metro should be fired. On a tablet this would be perfectly okay, but for the normal desktop, no!

    I mean, it's just common sense at this point to put the start menu back...
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    Bloob , March 27, 2013 9:20 PM
    Windows 8 looks nothing like iOS /OSX though. Actually if rumors be true, Apple is trying to make their platforms more like WP / W8.
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    bebangs , March 27, 2013 11:02 PM
    what about metro? did they scrap it?
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    Rob Homewood , March 28, 2013 12:13 AM
    The calendar app worked great and I'm sure the updates would make it even better.. no google calendar.. c'mon! I wish you two would just work it out and be friends hmph!
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    slomo4sho , March 28, 2013 12:20 AM
    The problem with being on top for so long is that you forget what got you there in the first place...
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    pacomac , March 28, 2013 12:28 AM
    jhansonxiAll home PC users I know use web-based email (including those on dial-up connections).

    What do you do when your email box is full? Personally I think web based email clients are fine for occasional use, but you really need a local backup, especially if like me you get tons of emails and need to keep backups.
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    icepick314 , March 28, 2013 3:31 AM
    why can't you run those Windows apps in multimonitor setup?

    if you have 2 screens, you should be able to see 2 apps at same time...

    when you open one app in full screen on one screen and try to open another app on the other, the first app closes...

    this is one of the reason why Windows 8 isn't popular with business and power users...they use multimonitor setup and constantly use 2 or more programs at once...
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