New and updated Microsoft Windows 8 apps launched

With today's launch of the Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft has also released some new and improved versions of its various first party Windows 8 Metro apps via the Windows Store. One of the new apps is called Fresh Paint, a new drawing and painting tool.

In its description on the Fresh Paint web site, Microsoft indicates this app is for kids and family to enjoy. It states, "Discover delightfully real paint that behaves like real paint where it should and better than real where you need it. Blend and mix colors to get just the look you want." The app also allows its users to zoom in on their creations.

Yet another new Windows 8 Metro app from Microsoft is Remote Desktop. As the title suggests, this app allows Windows 8 PCs to connect, via the Internet to any other supported PC. Microsoft's description states, "Access corporate resources published via RemoteApp and Desktop Connections from within the Metro-style Remote Desktop app."

Microsoft has also updated a number of its previous Windows 8 Metro apps for the Release Preview, including its Photos, Music and Camera software. In addition, there are a number of new third party Windows 8 Metro apps that have been added to the Windows Store. We will go over some of those new apps in a future post.

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siah1214 said,
How is this remote desktop different than the remote desktop in the consumer preview?

Not sure, the apps? I don't recall seeing anything like on the one in the CP. Maybe that's cause I don't have a server publishing any apps though.

siah1214 said,
How is this remote desktop different than the remote desktop in the consumer preview?

Well, hopefully it won't create thousands of "Send To OneNote" printers while it's connected. That's something I could really dig!

All of the apps I actually used have disappeared, like News Republic and XE.com. Meanwhile the pre-installed apps are still junk - Camera can't even detect my Microsoft webcam, while Mail still doesn't like any non-Microsoft email accounts. And Solitaire disappeared. The only real difference is that the Xbox Live app now works in the UK.

Not an impressive start, though even after Win8 launches it will take a while for the Metro store to really take off. Microsoft needs to get its core apps nailed, as currently they are appalling.

theyarecomingforyou said,
All of the apps I actually used have disappeared, like News Republic and XE.com. Meanwhile the pre-installed apps are still junk - Camera can't even detect my Microsoft webcam, while Mail still doesn't like any non-Microsoft email accounts. And Solitaire disappeared. The only real difference is that the Xbox Live app now works in the UK.

Not an impressive start, though even after Win8 launches it will take a while for the Metro store to really take off. Microsoft needs to get its core apps nailed, as currently they are appalling.

I think solitaire can be downloaded from the app store...

theyarecomingforyou said,
All of the apps I actually used have disappeared, like News Republic and XE.com. Meanwhile the pre-installed apps are still junk - Camera can't even detect my Microsoft webcam, while Mail still doesn't like any non-Microsoft email accounts. And Solitaire disappeared. The only real difference is that the Xbox Live app now works in the UK.

Not an impressive start, though even after Win8 launches it will take a while for the Metro store to really take off. Microsoft needs to get its core apps nailed, as currently they are appalling.

I'm pretty sure there are plenty of people not pushing out apps right now because they can't charge you for them.

Also, there has been no "Start" to not be "impressive."

theyarecomingforyou said,
All of the apps I actually used have disappeared, like News Republic and XE.com. Meanwhile the pre-installed apps are still junk - Camera can't even detect my Microsoft webcam, while Mail still doesn't like any non-Microsoft email accounts. And Solitaire disappeared. The only real difference is that the Xbox Live app now works in the UK.

Not an impressive start, though even after Win8 launches it will take a while for the Metro store to really take off. Microsoft needs to get its core apps nailed, as currently they are appalling.

There's a Lifecam App available on the Marketplace.

theyarecomingforyou said,
All of the apps I actually used have disappeared, like News Republic and XE.com. Meanwhile the pre-installed apps are still junk - Camera can't even detect my Microsoft webcam, while Mail still doesn't like any non-Microsoft email accounts. And Solitaire disappeared. The only real difference is that the Xbox Live app now works in the UK.

Not an impressive start, though even after Win8 launches it will take a while for the Metro store to really take off. Microsoft needs to get its core apps nailed, as currently they are appalling.

News Republic and XE Currency are still there. Download them from the Store. The MS apps are much improved but are still unfinished. Expect them to be at least the Windows Phone equivalents once RTM hits.

Wyn6 said,
News Republic and XE Currency are still there. Download them from the Store.
They're not available, I even did a search. It might be a regional thing but they were appearing before. The Lifecam app mentioned is also missing. Can anyone else from the UK find them?

I'd also like to know if/how the Remote Desktop app was updated. Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to test remote apps on the CP.

For people complaining about metro apps disappearing from CP - it's because the RP pretty much wipes clean the CP install and stores all apps (including Metro apps) in the C:\Windows.old folder. This upgrade path is to prevent CP bugs from leaking in to the RP as far as I know.

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