Apps and services bundled in Windows 8.1, Skype is also included

Windows 8.1 apps and services

Windows 8.1 doesn’t only brings a handful of improvements and new features, but Microsoft is also focusing on bundling apps and services right from (the) Start. Much like in the 90’s when Internet Explorer was included in the OS as the default web browser (which got them in big trouble) the software maker is circling back and looking how the competition is bundling with no problems many apps and services in their devices (e.g., tablets and smartphones). So in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will start doing the same thing.

In the new version of the operating system more than 20 Windows 8 apps and different services will be included, such as SkyDrive,, all Xbox apps, new ones like Bing Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Reading List, Alarms, Sound Recorder, and yes! Even Skype, which is the app that is replacing the now retired Messenger. (Although, we’ve already seen the VoIP app in the recent build 9471 leak of Windows 8.1, Microsoft had yet to confirm it.)

So which apps and services are we getting in Windows 8.1? The infographic below outlines the answer:

Microsoft outlined apps and services integrated in Windows 8.1

SEE ALSO: Windows 8.1 for everyone to download on October 18th

Is it crazy or the right thing to do? In my opinion it is the right thing to do, most if not all the apps that the software maker has previously introduced and the new ones being release with Windows 8.1 are all very productive and offer some sort of unique experience. Also this should help many people who sometimes need to accomplish a task and they don’t even know there is a good app for that.

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