Rumor: Windows 8 Consumer Preview app list revealed?

Windows 8's upcoming public beta, now known as the "Consumer Preview" was always expected to come with a number of applications. Today The Verge, using unnamed sources, claims to have received a list of the Metro apps that will be preinstalled in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

The app list includes a number of expected programs including Camera, Messaging, Mail, Calendar, Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud service, People, Photos, Video and Music. All of these apps are expected to be updatable via the Microsoft Store, according to the story. It adds that while these apps will be in the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8, they may or may not all appear in the final shipping version of the OS, which is due out before the end of 2012.

Microsoft previously announced that it would offer Xbox Live features on Windows 8. Today's story claims that Microsoft has already developed an Xbox Live Companion app for Windows 8 and that it could also be part of the Consumer Preview version when it launches.

Meanwhile, more and more screenshot leaks of pre-Consumer Preview versions of Windows 8 continue to pop up on the Internet, which should reveal more about Microsoft's plans for Windows 8 before the Consumer Preview is launched on February 29.

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mjedi7 said,
I think cloud storage like skydrive, should be already part of the OS, and not a feature or an app!

If they made it part of the OS, they'd probably get sued by every other cloud storage provider for being "anti-competitive", just like with IE and Windows Media player.

Think you're missing the point, allowing apps to add locations to your dialouge menus allows for all kinds of third party services to act like they're just a part of your computer. You can use skydrive just like a drive anywhere in the OS just like you can with a native drive, allowing other apps to do the same, awesome.

mjedi7 said,
I think cloud storage like skydrive, should be already part of the OS, and not a feature or an app!

It already partially is. Windows already syncs it's settings and personalisation through the cloud, and Microsoft provide a WinRT API that lets developers use Skydrive cloud storage for their apps that'll sync across all of the users PCs.

Cant wait to use the messenger app.

I use live messenger alot. Its pretty bulky. Lets see how Metro treats it.
This all will pretty much keep me in StartScreen area. Until i need to launch Ps.

Zain Adeel said,
Cant wait to use the messenger app.

Yes, that shall be interesting, can't wait to try it too.

I wonder how long it will take apple to make a Metro Itunes app on Windows 8.... That is going to be the most awkward thing everrrrrrr.. Alot of people will have Iphones and Windows PC's so I wonder which will have the greater pull.. a windows phone device or a macbook .. I can imagine apple releasing just a desktop app and **** off alot of people and yet somehow blame it all on microsoft.

I think that microsoft will make it really easy for apple to use the new Microsoft Music Tab but they will try to force itunes on everyone.. I could see it as one of the biggest program issues that will have to be solved because it could make quite a few people switch to Macbooks..

I don't see the logic that leads you to conclude that that would make anyone switch to a Macbook.

A Metro app is not available, so instead of using the desktop app on their existing computer they will spend $1000 to use the desktop app on a new Macbook?

Lachlan said,
I can imagine apple releasing just a desktop app and **** off alot of people and yet somehow blame it all on microsoft.

They already have a desktop app - it's called "iTunes". And it works perfectly well with Windows 8.

~Johnny said,

They already have a desktop app - it's called "iTunes". And it works perfectly well with Windows 8.

New advertising campaign - Win8 is so good, it even makes iTunes work perfectly well.