Microsoft Already Updating Windows 8 Apps

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
    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
  • napalmdest54
    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.
  • 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.*
  • Gundam288
    Unless there is a "Start Button" and or "Remove (Metro)" App(s), Otherwise I really don't care what they add/update.
  • atikkur
    We are super boring of the Windows 8 news. When will the next Windows reaching the surface?
  • 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" ;)
    I guess we won't be singin' the tune "Start Me Up" to Windows 8, will we?
  • Wolygon
    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.
  • lradunovic77
    They still talk about that crap, can't wait to fail so we can move on to Windows 9 or some real Windows.
  • pjmelect
    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.