Microsoft appears to be preparing to update all Windows 8 core apps

If you use Windows 8 on a daily basis, you will surely know that the core apps that ship with the OS could use a bit of sprucing up. If you have been waiting for this to finally occur, it looks like the updates are poised for launch.

Paul Thurott was tipped off by a reader who noticed that all of the core apps are named in the Event Viewer and they are listed as “downloaded and ready”. Seeing that all of the apps are listed, it looks like Microsoft is on the cusp if pushing out a huge update to hopefully improve the functionally of these applications.

The apps that are listed and should be updated in the near future are listed below:

  • Microsoft.Camera
  • Microsoft.BingTravel
  • Microsoft.Bing
  • Microsoft.Reader
  • Microsoft.BingNews
  • microsoft.windowsphotos (Photos)
  • Microsoft.BingFinance
  • microsoft.microsoftskydrive
  • Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames
  • Microsoft.ZuneVideo
  • Microsoft.BingWeather
  • Microsoft.ZuneMusic (Xbox Music)
  • microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps (Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging)
  • Microsoft.BingMaps
  • Microsoft.BingSports

While Microsoft has yet to officially say anything about the updates but seeing that the first steps to update your apps has already occurred, we suspect they will say something soon. 

Source: Winsupersite.com

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Is there anything special about the messaging app? I use the Skype, but always wondered if the messaging app would one day turn into something fun that supported sharing slides (the way you used to paste an image directly into WLM) and other cools stuff like custom icons?

To be honest, since WLM is being dumped soon, I would have imagined that the Messenger app being integrated with the Skype one.

I love how the Xbox Music and Video apps are still referred to as 'Zune' under the covers. If only they had continued investing in the desktop client as well. The Zune client would be awesome tweaked for touch and rebranded for Xbox. Would have gone a long way toward keeping people happy while they bootstrapped the Metro apps.

if there are no major changes to that music app im gonna start a protest. How in the **** do you release a poc like xbox music ? And who cares about an update to the travel app....stupid.

maybe the name but if you have ever used the software you would know why people love the zune software. zune software pwns and rickrolls iTunes.

Some big updates would be much appreciated. The mail, people, and messaging apps need major improvements. Only the mail app has just enough features for me to actually use it.

Being able to play music files from my NAS would be nice. The W8 music app is a real step backwards and the reason why I'm back on W7

bigdyl69 said,
Being able to play music files from my NAS would be nice. The W8 music app is a real step backwards and the reason why I'm back on W7

Step back from what? There are no WinRT apps on Win7 to possibly be better, and the desktop alternatives you use on Win7 also exist on Win8.

rfirth said,

Step back from what? There are no WinRT apps on Win7 to possibly be better, and the desktop alternatives you use on Win7 also exist on Win8.


The old, great and neglected by MS MediaPlayer..............

bigdyl69 said,
Being able to play music files from my NAS would be nice. The W8 music app is a real step backwards and the reason why I'm back on W7

Because whatever you were using on Windows 7 doesn't work on Windows 8?

Does not get logic.

bigdyl69 said,
Being able to play music files from my NAS would be nice. The W8 music app is a real step backwards and the reason why I'm back on W7

If you add the folder with your music on your NAS to your music library in Windows Explorer they'll appear in the Music app.

Thanks for the link.
Yes I downloaded the update but unfortunately the long list of missed features, even compared to Zune, is still there. Both the Metro and the desktop apps need a real overhaul; MS at least bring back the features we had with Zune!

My only issue with win8 is the horrible half assed abortion that's called Xbox music. IMO, there's only one way to fix it, take every feature that Zune has and put it in Xbox music .

mrdeezus said,
My only issue with win8 is the horrible half assed abortion that's called Xbox music. IMO, there's only one way to fix it, take every feature that Zune has and put it in Xbox music .

Bloody oath. None of this half assed crap, give me a music player with option. Combine Zunes UI with WMPs equalising and we're done.

Unless you're the guy who wrote in with the tip, or see them in your Event Viewer and have opted not to pre-download updates or check for them, then there is nothing to discuss.

singularity87 said,
So they actually download the software to my PC in advance of me saying so? Not sure about that policy - not without it being headlined.

Why are you so paranoid? This is the way Windows updates work. If you don't push out updates people bitch and moan about their software being outdated/buggy. If you push out updates people bitch and moan about the updates being pushed out "without their consent"
Get over it. If you don't like it, uninstall the apps.

I'm more concerned that in the original article it listed March 5th. I just did a manual check for app updates in the store and low-and-behold, I now have that same "Installation Ready" message in event viewer:

Installation Ready: The following updates are downloaded and ready for installation. To install the updates, an administrator should log on to this computer and Windows will prompt with further instructions:
- Microsoft.BingTravel
- Microsoft.Camera
- Microsoft.Bing
- Microsoft.Reader
- Microsoft.BingNews
- microsoft.windowsphotos
- Microsoft.BingFinance
- microsoft.microsoftskydrive
- Microsoft.XboxLIVEGames
- Microsoft.ZuneVideo
- Microsoft.BingWeather
- Microsoft.ZuneMusic
- microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps
- Microsoft.BingMaps
- Microsoft.BingSports

singularity87 said,
So they actually download the software to my PC in advance of me saying so? Not sure about that policy - not without it being headlined.

But you already said yes when you told windows to download and install updates automatically

singularity87 said,
So they actually download the software to my PC in advance of me saying so? Not sure about that policy - not without it being headlined.

I don't know what this article is referring to, but there is a setting in the app store to control whether app updates you haven't yet installed are downloaded in the middle of the night (if on AC power, not roaming network, etc) to make installation faster (or possible offline) when you do see the notification and go install them. You can always turn it off.

interesting that the music app is still called ZuneMusic (Xbox Music) lol. When the Music app gets back to the quality app that Zune was, then we're talking.

Extend support for tagged metadata in xbox video. Arrange by genare, arrange by year and add an option to view the synopsis on right click.

Better than media center ever was.

Except for the PVR aspects of Media Center. As for right click, too much right click functionality is apparently something MS is staying away from in Modern UI apps.

UnclePritchard said,
couldn't agree more. it's a pity since the music app delivers the best sound quality

I think windows media player is better providing lot of options for equalizer and bass boosting not mentioning visualizers options. Metro apps are very very basic and lack a lot of functionalities.

S3P€hR said,

I think windows media player is better providing lot of options for equalizer and bass boosting not mentioning visualizers options. Metro apps are very very basic and lack a lot of functionalities.

Because Media Player started out as the full media center suit it is today?

I see your point, but media player started from nothing. I think even Windows 95s iteration had more functionality as a desktop media player/media sync. It definitely never went backwards.

You're asking people who have supported the platform for years to go backwards on basics, for really no good reason. MS just needs to fix the Xbox Music app and add missing features/functionality present in WMP and Zune ASAP and stop biting off more than it can chew and cease RTMing stuff before it's complete.

Good find, would be good if they finally updated some of this stuff as I've removed most of the standard stuff as they sucked so much. Why bother waste the space.

Relativity_17 said,
I wonder if they moved the advertisement in the Weather app to be the first thing you see...

The funny part is ad is mostly promoting bing. Is like you pay yourself to make things uglier.

S3P€hR said,

The funny part is ad is mostly promoting bing. Is like you pay yourself to make things uglier.

Most Microsoft ads are their own products
It was the same with the ads in Hotmail, they showed off IE9, Bing or something.

It's promoting the ad platform. Instead of using placeholder images that say Insert Ad Here, they're demonstrating the ad platform while advertising their own services. Applying both aspects results in greater net benefit than promoting each singly.

Shadowzz said,

Most Microsoft ads are their own products
It was the same with the ads in Hotmail, they showed off IE9, Bing or something.

Google does the same... plastering ads in AdSense controls across the web with ads for Google Chrome.

rfirth said,
Google does the same... plastering ads in AdSense controls across the web with ads for Google Chrome.

Big difference being of course Google Chrome is a free app, but you actually have to pay for Windows 8. It's insane Microsoft puts ads in apps that are part of Windows by default. If the Weather app was an optional download in the Windows Store, they could sort of defend their decission. But it's not.

.Neo said,

Microsoft puts ads in apps that are part of Windows by default.

Shhhh...don't tell the EU that Microsoft is bundling apps with their OS, or they might fine MS again.