Slew of first-party Windows 8 Metro apps updated

News has hit the internet today that Microsoft has updated a slew of their Windows 8 applications included with the OS in preparation for the Release Preview in early June. While the updates are not available to Consumer Preview users, The Verge reports the updated apps are being tested on the latest internal builds at Microsoft before the impending Release Preview.

The list of updates includes the Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging apps (all as a group), Photos, Reader and Music. Most simply note that they have been updated to "support the latest Windows 8 changes", while the Reader app reveals that the app has been updated for the Release Preview. The screenshots for the apps don't appear to show off any cool new features we haven't seen before, but perhaps a vigilant reader might notice something different save for the removal of the App Preview banner.

Again it's unfortunate that the latest versions of these applications are not yet available in the Consumer Preview, but it at least shows that Microsoft is making progress towards the June launch of the Release Preview. We expect that there will be a number of changes to these apps when they are released alongside the next Preview version, but what exactly still remains a mystery.

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I would image it would depend on how far these companies programmers are willing to go with the software, if they do the extra work im sure the apps will be published to the store.

Is metro purely for writing fluff applications or "apps" or is it suitable for real applications like Photoshop, Promedia Carbon, EDIUS, Office etc ?

Well, A Metro version of office will ship with Windows RT. WinRT and "metro styled app" are serious platforms.

PhilT said,
Is metro purely for writing fluff applications or "apps" or is it suitable for real applications like Photoshop, Promedia Carbon, EDIUS, Office etc ?

I think some of you are reacting a little too passionately. Yes, this is a BETA product and yes the apps are unfinished. (as tech enthuasists) you should expect that. The reason why the apps are unfinished is because they are in their most basic form so that those trying Win8/CP can report bugs. Have any of you noticed the Feedback buttons to report issues?

As we as the testers report bugs as well as those changes we LOVE and HATE; we give Microsoft advice on how the final product should look. As we get close to the third quarter of the year I expect that an update to Win8/CP will be issued that will include more of the finished look that consumers expect. So, what you guys should be doing is using the hell outta those "Feedback" buttons to let Microsoft what you think!

butilikethecookie said,
Why doesn't the Music and video apps have a volume slider?!? I sound like a broken record player!

Those apps leave MUCH to be desired which leads me to believe they are very much unfinished. Especially with the music/zune rebranding... I think they'll be overhauled away from their "basic" feel.

laserfloyd said,

Those apps leave MUCH to be desired which leads me to believe they are very much unfinished. Especially with the music/zune rebranding... I think they'll be overhauled away from their "basic" feel.

That's a good point. As I said before, Microsoft is famous for throwing all the pretty stuff in at the last moment. I just hope Redmond is bluffing with a full house.

I sure hope the are dramaticly unfinsihed. ZUNE Application is my Favortie Microsoft Product, PERIOD.

Right now I feel like I am on a 5 year olds computer.......

butilikethecookie said,
Why doesn't the Music and video apps have a volume slider?!? I sound like a broken record player!

The volume slider is in the "Settings" charm.

Dot Matrix said,

The volume slider is in the "Settings" charm.


It's really something you would want to have immediate access to though.

Dot Matrix said,

You do. The charms bar is always on top.

I plug into a TV via HDMI quite often. Do I really want to swipe a 40 in. screen with my mouse or getup from the couch and mash the hot key?

butilikethecookie said,

I plug into a TV via HDMI quite often. Do I really want to swipe a 40 in. screen with my mouse or getup from the couch and mash the hot key?

Huh? If you change the volume with a mouse, there's no swiping needed. Windows 8 also works with hardware the same as Windows 7, so you can use a remote or wireless keyboard too.

Dot Matrix said,

Huh? If you change the volume with a mouse, there's no swiping needed. Windows 8 also works with hardware the same as Windows 7, so you can use a remote or wireless keyboard too.

You need to swipe to reveal the charm bar is what I'm saying. I want it on screen and available. click-drag-done. Not Swipe-Click-drag-done. It's unnecessary and wasted time doing all that. I have a wireless keyboard I'm just too lazy to go get it.

butilikethecookie said,

You need to swipe to reveal the charm bar is what I'm saying. I want it on screen and available. click-drag-done. Not Swipe-Click-drag-done. It's unnecessary and wasted time doing all that. I have a wireless keyboard I'm just too lazy to go get it.

No, you don't. Win Key+C also reveals the bar, or use the wireless keyboard would be quicker. You can't be lazy and expect everything to work for you.

The desktop without a touch screen would benefit tremendously from having a ridiculously long right click menu. I want ALL my options on that right click menu. Don't forget the best thing Windows (Paul Allen) ever did.

Jose_49 said,
I also hope that they added the same scrolling mode of the start screen to the Marketplace and other proprietary apps.

Absolutely. This is what bothers me the most about them.

Jose_49 said,
I also hope that they added the same scrolling mode of the start screen to the Marketplace and other proprietary apps.

DEFINITELY I love the start screen's move-your-mouse-to-the-side-to-scroll thing, but it seems that's just something Microsoft put there. It would be better to have it set as default for all apps.

Yes, this REALLY irritated me when I found it only worked on the Start Screen. Was a real pain in the a** to navigate in apps without the mouse scrolling!!

I hope that they did intensive change to the apps and not just remove the App Preview banner. Most of the included Metro apps are crap.

TruckWEB said,
I hope that they did intensive change to the apps and not just remove the App Preview banner. Most of the included Metro apps are crap.

Indeed. What bothers me the most, is that the mouse back button doesn't work (like in browsers). Why do I have to click back button? Stupid.

Drossel said,

Indeed. What bothers me the most, is that the mouse back button doesn't work (like in browsers). Why do I have to click back button? Stupid.

Its a BETA...

TruckWEB said,
I hope that they did intensive change to the apps and not just remove the App Preview banner. Most of the included Metro apps are crap.

Its a BETA....

sam232 said,
Its a BETA....

What's your point? Besides, it's a Consumer Preview. For something that's supposed to show what Windows 8 is capable of, the apps sure do leave a lot to be desired.

sam232 said,

Its a BETA...

Its a BETA....


A beta neglecting basic Windows features since Windows 95. While this excuse can sometimes work, especially in a very general sense, the state of the new UI in the Consumer Preview is definitely indicative of how much Microsoft cares about the desktop PC in Windows 8. It's an interesting direction to take -- try to push desktop users from the traditional desktop interface by removing some interface elements that made it convenient to use... into a tablet-oriented UI. I wonder how it'll work out in sales. We'll see!

Northgrove said,

A beta neglecting basic Windows features since Windows 95. While this excuse can sometimes work, especially in a very general sense, the state of the new UI in the Consumer Preview is definitely indicative of how much Microsoft cares about the desktop PC in Windows 8. It's an interesting direction to take -- try to push desktop users from the traditional desktop interface by removing some interface elements that made it convenient to use... into a tablet-oriented UI. I wonder how it'll work out in sales. We'll see!

It's beta, it's fine. Now for RC, yeah, things need to be polished up more.

Drossel said,

Indeed. What bothers me the most, is that the mouse back button doesn't work (like in browsers). Why do I have to click back button? Stupid.

I HATE the back-button on the mouse! I HATE IT! I frequently hit it accidently and wipe out everything I've been doing. DEATH to that stupid thing!

ScubaDog said,
I HATE the back-button on the mouse! I HATE IT! I frequently hit it accidently and wipe out everything I've been doing. DEATH to that stupid thing!

Try a different mouse perhaps.. my old one was like that, constantly mis-clicking the extra buttons, drove me nuts. For me, switched to a RAT 7 mouse, fits like a glove, no accidental clicks. Find one that fits your hand. Couldn't go back to the old style two button mouse anymore.. it's just awkward to use now.

xiphi said,

What's your point?

His point is that the current Windows 8 CP is unfinished software with broken functionality. It isn't meant for every-day usage otherwise it would be in stores by now.

People shouldn't be complaining much about broken stuff in beta software. Complain when the back button still isn't working when the OS hits the shelves.

It's not a finished product. Nor are the apps. Of course things are left to be desired, it's a beta...

Come on now.

xiphi said,

What's your point? Besides, it's a Consumer Preview. For something that's supposed to show what Windows 8 is capable of, the apps sure do leave a lot to be desired.

xiphi said,

What's your point? Besides, it's a Consumer Preview. For something that's supposed to show what Windows 8 is capable of, the apps sure do leave a lot to be desired.

Except that these apps aren't part of Windows 8. Sure they may have been supplied WITH the Consumer Preview, but they are not Windows 8 features. They are entirely separate.

Claptrap. This is a beta. Stop complaining.

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"In this light, the role of the Windows desktop is clear. It powers the hundreds of thousands of existing apps that people rely on today, a vast array of business software, and provides a level of precision and control that is essential for certain tasks. The things that people do today on PCs don't suddenly go away just because there are new Metro style apps. The mechanisms that people rely on today (mice, physical keyboards, trackpads) don't suddenly become less useful or “bad” just because touch is also provided as a first-class option. These tools are quite often the most ergonomic, fast, and powerful ways of getting many things done."

- Steven Sinofsky

Source: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/arc...-style-and-the-desktop.aspx

Northgrove said,

A beta neglecting basic Windows features since Windows 95. While this excuse can sometimes work, especially in a very general sense, the state of the new UI in the Consumer Preview is definitely indicative of how much Microsoft cares about the desktop PC in Windows 8. It's an interesting direction to take -- try to push desktop users from the traditional desktop interface by removing some interface elements that made it convenient to use... into a tablet-oriented UI. I wonder how it'll work out in sales. We'll see!