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.*