Core App Updates now available for Windows 8.1

It looks like aside from the "GA Rollup A" Update - which should become available in Windows Update soon - all of the core apps for Windows 8.1 are also getting a refresh for todays 7am ET GA release of Windows 8.1.

To get the updates, open the Windows Store app > Charms menu > select App Updates, and then check for updates. The updates include enhancements and performance fixes made from the original release of Windows 8.1.

Among the updates are also Windows 8.1 exclusive apps they are: 

  • Windows Calculator
  • Windows Scan
  • Windows Sound Recorder
  • Bing Health and Fitness
  • Windows Help and Tips
  • Windows Alarms
  • Windows Reading List

While my install only had 19 updates available, others may vary from anything below or up to around 24 apps. Most appear to be performance related updates; the Mail app gets another visual change that puts more emphasis on Folders, Social and Newsletters, each display emails for that category or a sub menu for the Folders selection, emails can be moved into the Inbox if they are incorrectly categorized as Social or Newsletter.

The Mail app gets another navigation update.

Movie Moments, which is also Windows 8.1 exclusive, has also just become available in the Store You can find it by searching for it.

Thanks to FaiKee for the tip in our forums.

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again, every app is fast and fluid and love the facebook app. My only problem is the Music app.
When will it have syncing to phones, buying multiple tracks, cloud playlists, being able to buy multiple tracks at once.....****es me off that the music app doesn't get updated weekly to include new useful features...basically put in every feature Zune had and it would be perfect...

Are these included with the GA updates? I did my laptop this morning and then did the GA.
I've just done the GA on my desktop without doing the store first and it states there are no updates in the store...

grunger106 said,
Are these included with the GA updates? I did my laptop this morning and then did the GA.
I've just done the GA on my desktop without doing the store first and it states there are no updates in the store...

Quoting myself, I think the answer is no, just checked my logging and the apps appear to have installed themselves much earlier today automatically....

21 App updates installed, possible one bug found with Xbox music app, not showing in Metro running apps area, despite I rebooted after the updates, but I can reboot again if need be...Xbox video shows up, mail, and the rest, just not xbox music one for some reason

Where do you select app updates in the store? Neowin states; "To get the updates, open the Windows Store app > Charms menu >select App Updates, and then check for updates". All I can see is "Home, Your apps, and Your account". What am I missing?

Thx!

James P said,
Thx for the reply. Funny, says only one update available it's for the Kindle app. None of the Microsoft's updates apps. are listed.

Windows 8.1 auto-updates. It could be the case that it already did it.

What annoys me is that I still have to manually update apps. When I went to the Windows Store and checked for updates there were 19 apps that needed to be updated, despite the option for automatic updates being selected. There are so many minor inconveniences with Metro that add up to create a poor overall impression.

theyarecomingforyou said,
What annoys me is that I still have to manually update apps. When I went to the Windows Store and checked for updates there were 19 apps that needed to be updated, despite the option for automatic updates being selected. There are so many minor inconveniences with Metro that add up to create a poor overall impression.

The automatic update runs periodically, not all the time. It would be a colossal waste of resources to check every second of the day yet i'm sure if you waited a few hours, they would have updated (or if you tried to run one that was updated)

There is no issue with resources on a desktop system that is regularly in use. Further, the period between checks is excessive. Most of the time I check there are numerous updates available and I'm never informed of updates. There should be a system notification informing users of updates. Android auto-updates apps properly, so I don't see why Windows can't.

theyarecomingforyou said,
There is no issue with resources on a desktop system that is regularly in use. Further, the period between checks is excessive. Most of the time I check there are numerous updates available and I'm never informed of updates. There should be a system notification informing users of updates. Android auto-updates apps properly, so I don't see why Windows can't.

You don't get informed of updates, they just update. The only message you may see is on your start page you may see a scroll bar appear under icons that have a pending update or that are self updating.

If updating all the time is critical to you, just check as you wish. Otherwise, NONE of my 7 windows 8.1 devices/systems have any problems keeping updated with normal use..

You used to be able to do that from the desktop app, from memory. Shucks, my c drive doesn't have as much free space as my other drives. So Steven (and others), your version of the baked-in Metro SkyDrive app will just sync everything from C, right?

The way I did it, was to go to the desktop. Go to your users folder, right click on skydrive, click properties, click the location tab.

guess I'll look forward to these, oh wait, I forgot, I used dism and made a custom unique windows 8.1 iso, NO apps, no skydrive, store, anything, just base install, ahhh, love that windows 7 smell

wow, someone with not just the tendency to being unable to move forward but with the knowledge and ambition to actively move backward

what smell is that?

sorry I don't like the smell of the NSA and Microsoft, skydrive heavily baked into the os and forced upon users, not to mention the utter sickening ads appearing in aps, do you really think the ads are prominent now? wait until this really takes off, you'll be seeing ads on your desktop next

Try uninstalling all of them from the Start Screen, then on the Start Screen type wsreset. That will launch the Windows Store after clearing it's cache. Try downloading the Apps again.

This is why it was a stupid idea to put a review up of 8.1 before release. It had updates coming. Atleast other sites have the common sense to wait.

8.1 wasn't "finished" until general availability. Less than a month ago some apps and integrated online/cloud features did not work properly because the server backbone infrastructure wasn't completely finished, and now we have OS and app updates. It's not right to review a product that wasn't completely finished until today. Even MS said that work will continue on 8.1 until general availability.

NoClipMode said,
It's not right to review a product that wasn't completely finished until today. Even MS said that work will continue on 8.1 until general availability.

And work will continue after that. By that measure 8.1 is still "unfinished".

Wow! You are fast in checking the differences, most people said they noticed nothing changed, LOL. BTW, I think the store is now a live tile too.

FaiKee said,
Wow! You are fast in checking the differences, most people said they noticed nothing changed, LOL. BTW, I think the store is now a live tile too.

store has always been a live tile, or how do you think it supported showing the number of updates