Screenshots of upcoming Windows 8.1 People and Calendar apps revealed

While Microsoft revealed some information about their plans for updating the Mail app for Windows 8.1 last week at BUILD 2013, the company didn't talk much about new features for its related People and Calendar apps. Now a website has posted some new screenshots showing off what the Windows 8.1 People and Calendar apps will look like

The Chinese language site Livesino.net shows that the People app will get a UI makeover, detailing that clicking on a contact's first letter will change the look of the filter. There will also be a search box inside the updated People app and the contact page for each profile will also get a new look.

In terms of the Calendar app, there's little difference in terms of UI changes, but the article does say that it will include a "What's Next" feature that will show the next series of events on the calendar.

The Mail, People and Calendar apps will be updated with new features when the final version of Windows 8.1 is released later this year. The Messaging app, which is grouped with those other three apps in Windows 8, will be retired in Windows 8.1 in favor of Skype.

Source: Livesino.net | Images via Livesino.net

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I hope this includes toast notifications for Facebook notifications. That's one feature very important to me that the original People app lacked.

I doubt that's happening in the People app since this Facebook app is finally coming. Seems to me Microsoft is ripping out whatever Facebook integration they used to have in Windows 8 (like in the Photos app) in favor of this forthcoming Facebook app.

I hope we will finally be able to filter out contacts we don't care about like we have always been able to do on WP...

You mean by service? You can already do that in 8.0. Just go to the Settings charm, and choose Options. You can uncheck each service whose contacts you don't want to see just like you can on Outlook.com (People) and Windows Phone.

I hope they fix all of the contact syncing issues with the Windows 8 line.
Skype already has the same basic people app layout for contacts, I was expecting this to become the people app (with chat).

It doesn't make sense to me to tie all this together with the People app, then pull chat out and into Skype. It would be cool if "Skype" was more of an API that could easily be integrated into other applications, like People, so that chatting and video and phone could all be wrapped into a variety of apps as needed, or in ways that seem most logical.

Yes, looks much better! Sometimes looking at the Metro apps in Windows 8.0 it appears that they let the programmers do all the UI design, but you can tell that designers were actually involved in the design of the 8.1 apps.

JonathanMarston said,
Yes, looks much better! Sometimes looking at the Metro apps in Windows 8.0 it appears that they let the programmers do all the UI design, but you can tell that designers were actually involved in the design of the 8.1 apps.
totally agree

I regularly use these apps... ON MY DESKTOP.

Just because you don't like them, doesn't mean everyone does. It's all about choice, buddy. Go use the web version (which is pretty much the same as these fast apps) if you don't want to use these... but some of us love the fast quick access of these apps.

Will contacts have the same links as on wp and outlook.com? will i have the same options as on wp and outlook.com? will the calendar show birthdates that are not stored in Facebook but in the contact itself - this would be awesome!
Anyone else having contacts linked with facebook that somehow not show in that app? I have a few contacts that are linked on the phone but outlook.com and the people app just dont get the info from facebook

One thing I read about Metro that stuck in my mind is that the whole thing is great for *displaying* information, but not so great for interacting with it. The new people apps look great but, I still think it´s not really that useful in terms of interacting with it

As a desktop user I won't be using either, as neither offers better functionality or usability over software available on the desktop. In fact I have found very few Metro apps to be usable on a regular basis. I'm sure that would be different if they ran in a window and could be properly integrated into my workflow but that requires third-party software.

That said, I have pre-ordered the Leap Motion and I'm interested to see whether that will make Metro apps more practical or whether it will just be a novelty.

I don't really see Metro Apps becoming a use every day sort of thing for Desktops... Tablets and Laptops on the other hand they are fantastic for. Id say in 5 years time you wont be able to buy a laptop that isn't touch enabled, but I would like to see windowed Metro experiences for the desktop

I agree, even though I love the changes in 8.1 they need to go further. When I open the calculator "app" on my desktop and it robs the entire screen, it really outlines how ridiculous certain things are. But then they went and "fixed" search so that it is now very usable on the desktop aside from the fact that it still doesn't search my contacts. WTF is that all about?

I wouldn't mind the ability to tile open Metro apps alongside desktop ones in a square format, not just top to bottom. As it goes now, I'm fine with Metro on the tablet, I really think it fits. On the desktop with four screens, I do now sometimes put the start screen on another monitor to see weather or stuff, but they have work to do in order to make Metro work on the desktop if that is even what they are intending. Whatever they intended for the desktop certainly was never made clear. The only thing that was clear to me was that it was up to the user to figure it all out. That's ok for power users, but confusing for the average consumer.

I really hope they add ability to search contacts from universal search. That just blows my mind that it's not in there now.

theyarecomingforyou said,
As a desktop user ... I have found very few Metro apps to be usable on a regular basis...
I was having a discussion with a friend of mine who works at MS (he's a developer on the VS team), and I told him this very thing. For me, as a software developer, and desktop power user. Modern/Metro apps are of almost zero use to me.

I like what they've done with Windows 8.1, but almost none of it is for me. I have access to a few tablets (iPad1/2/3, Surface RT/Pro), but they were purchased purely for testing and although I can borrow them like they were mine, I never use them. I'm not one of those people who lugs around a tablet everywhere I go. I can use my phone for 99% of the things I need on the go. Anything else can wait.

SteveyAyo said,
I don't really see Metro Apps becoming a use every day sort of thing for Desktops... Tablets and Laptops on the other hand they are fantastic for. Id say in 5 years time you wont be able to buy a laptop that isn't touch enabled, but I would like to see windowed Metro experiences for the desktop

metro and the desktop are not exclusive interfaces. Outlook is great if I need more granular control but most things are faster and easier to do with the metro mail and people app. I don't get the need to make it an either or proposition.

I think (and hope) that it's less than 5 years. I'm telling people that if you are buying a new laptop with Windows 8, it better be touch screen. Otherwise they aren't going to have a very good experience.

siah1214 said,
People app looks much better, just hope they make it more functional.

Using my own contact photos would be nice. It's the one thing stopping me from using outlook.com

Frankly, I'd rather have long time bug fixes and better integration than making it pretty. It was pretty before.

No doubt and I'll really appreciate it if when I linked Facebook to my Contacts that my contact info didn't get overwritten by the Facebook stuff.

Dashel said,
Frankly, I'd rather have long time bug fixes and better integration than making it pretty. It was pretty before.

They didn't announce anything, I'm sure there's more than just UI changes. Plus UI is also important to make the app more functional.