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Microsoft Already Updating Windows 8 Apps

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Still another three weeks to go until the new operating system launches.

Despite the launch of Windows 8 being still three weeks away, Microsoft has already started to update applications for the long-awaited operating system.

The company listed all of the updates and new features Windows 8 built-in apps will be receiving upon launch. Such apps include Skydrive, mail, messaging, photos, maps, news, travel and weather, which will see improvements in performance and reliability.

"We're super excited to be approaching general availability (GA) of Windows 8 and Windows RT," said Microsoft's president of Windows Steven Sinofsky. "With thousands of new apps in the Store, there are a lot to choose from and tens of thousands of developers have been very busy around the world creating new apps. Across Microsoft we've been busy since August adding new features and improving the apps that come with Windows and will be updating these apps before GA."

The Bing app, meanwhile, is the first to receive the update, which is due to become available tomorrow. Included in the update is more varied search results for both images and content, the integration of Bing rewards, as well as zoom access for related queries.

Windows 8 will officially launch on October 26.

 

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    Shin-san , October 6, 2012 12:33 AM
    Hope this is a sign that Windows 8 would be more like Google than Apple in terms of being able to publish/update your apps. The time it takes for Apple can be more than a week. Something in the middle would be nice, a mix between speed and safety
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    napalmdest54 , October 6, 2012 12:34 AM
    I have been using Windows 8 for awhile now thanks to my Dreamspark Premium license. Microsoft has been updating apps since it was available on Dreamspark Premium. So this is not something new.
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    A Bad Day , October 6, 2012 12:40 AM
    "Windows suck! It always crashes or lock up!"

    *Notices that the user has a certain software or driver that is notoriously unstable, and the developer has no plans of fixing the problem.*
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    Gundam288 , October 6, 2012 1:29 AM
    Unless there is a "Start Button" and or "Remove (Metro)" App(s), Otherwise I really don't care what they add/update.
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    atikkur , October 6, 2012 2:23 AM
    We are super boring of the Windows 8 news. When will the next Windows reaching the surface?
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    Anonymous , October 6, 2012 2:41 AM
    oh how funny they have time for an update, but no time to put the start button back in!

    microsoft's new slogan "always time to do it wrong, never time to do it right" ;) 
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    JOSHSKORN , October 6, 2012 5:01 AM
    I guess we won't be singin' the tune "Start Me Up" to Windows 8, will we?
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    Wolygon , October 6, 2012 8:41 AM
    All you 8 h8ers (had to to it) need to give it a chance. Sure you most likely need to install classic shell but from there its all pluses. I don't use apps much but I'm sure more interesting and useful ones will come out soon.

    Best thing about it is the speed and smoothness. On my old 7200K HDD from button push to useable is quicker then my friends SSD (not saying theirs is super quick), mind you with the 5 second wait to choose a different OS.

    Get on board, for the general user the start screen will be fine; for anyone more serious classic shell is too easy.
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    lradunovic77 , October 6, 2012 11:38 AM
    They still talk about that crap, can't wait to fail so we can move on to Windows 9 or some real Windows.
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    pjmelect , October 6, 2012 11:42 AM
    The Windows 8 mail app is worse than useless, That is one app that needs to be updated. The map app has no print option, although if you know your keyboard short cuts you can do "control P" the weather app should make it easier to change your location. Most of the apps have annoying short comings and need to be updated I am glad Microsoft has recognized this.
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    Regor245 , October 6, 2012 11:44 AM
    Looks like Windows 7 is the last Windows for me.

    I'd take Xp over Windows 8.
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    john_4 , October 6, 2012 12:08 PM
    Long awaited OS, awaited by whom, not me.
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    john_4 , October 6, 2012 12:10 PM
    A Bad Day"Windows suck! It always crashes or lock up!"*Notices that the user has a certain software or driver that is notoriously unstable, and the developer has no plans of fixing the problem.*

    If Windows was written well/properly a program or driver would not take down the OS. Look at Linux and you will see what I am talking about. Yes Windows Sux.
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    SteelCity1981 , October 6, 2012 6:39 PM
    So explain to me again why i would want to installed windows 8 on my pc just to make it feel like windows 7? lol
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    shafe88 , October 6, 2012 8:21 PM
    SteelCity1981So explain to me again why i would want to installed windows 8 on my pc just to make it feel like windows 7? lol

    Since when did Windows 8 feel like like Windows 7. The only way to get windows 8 to feel like Windows 7 is to either castrate Win7 and add apps to media center or remove metro and add aero and start menu to win8 and that's how you get win8 to feel like win7.
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    shafe88 , October 6, 2012 8:53 PM
    WolygonAll you 8 h8ers (had to to it) need to give it a chance. Sure you most likely need to install classic shell but from there its all pluses. I don't use apps much but I'm sure more interesting and useful ones will come out soon.Best thing about it is the speed and smoothness. On my old 7200K HDD from button push to useable is quicker then my friends SSD (not saying theirs is super quick), mind you with the 5 second wait to choose a different OS.Get on board, for the general user the start screen will be fine; for anyone more serious classic shell is too easy.
    Isn't that a little biased to compare boot speed starting with button push, and compareing two different machines with different hardware and software. It doesn't matter what version of windows you have installed, it makes no difference in the time it takes windows bios to post. My vista machine with 5400rpm HDD boots faster than my xp machine with 7200rpm HD, Why because my vista machine has a 3sec bios post time where my xp machine has a 15sec bios post time.
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    Anonymous , October 7, 2012 3:12 AM
    I hate how the whiny children here think because they dont like it, the world as a whole doesn't deserve it. Holy shit people. It isn't a hard concept to not install something you dont like.


    Then again, I am preaching to the choir, because the same bastards that roam here are the ones who are happy about Steve Job's death. Go get some friends.
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    HDmac , October 8, 2012 2:47 AM
    Shin-sanHope this is a sign that Windows 8 would be more like Google than Apple in terms of being able to publish/update your apps. The time it takes for Apple can be more than a week. Something in the middle would be nice, a mix between speed and safety

    Currently have apps published for windows phone 7 and it takes them well over a week to approve. Worse than apple in many cases. Not expecting windows 8 publishing to be any better.