Microsoft is pushing new updates for Windows 8 apps including Music, Video, SkyDrive and Mail

Windows Store Apps

Getting closer to the official release of Windows 8 to the public on October 26th, Microsoft is getting ready to push new updates to its line of Windows Store apps. In a new article from the Building Windows 8 Blog, the company talks about several new improvements on performance and reliability in all the Microsoft’s Windows 8 apps. The Mail app will now include IMAP support, improved search, conversation view within the inbox and search contacts within the Messaging app.

The Maps app powered by Bing will integrate Bird’s eye capabilities and thousands of indoor venue maps. Microsoft is also making updates to the Windows 8 Photos app including rotate and crop support, and new auto-curated collage slideshows. The Weather app will offer hourly forecasts, up to 10 days, high/low temp and more improvements. Finance, News, Travel, Sports, SkyDrive, Calendar, People, Messaging, and Games also will be updated by the time Windows 8 launches at the end of the month.

Lastly, users will enjoy a new expanded music service, rich “now playing” experience, and better music discovery with SmartDJ in the Windows 8 Music app, and the Video app will include closed captioning and search by actor or director. Moreover, these two are expected to integrate with the Xbox Music service. Updates will start coming up gradually in the coming weeks and all apps should be updated in time for the Windows 8 general availability.

Source Building Windows 8

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