Tuesday brings Windows 8/RT Mail, Calendar and People app updates

As rumored last week, Microsoft is preparing to update a number of its core Windows 8 and Windows RT apps this week. Today, the company announced that the Mail, Calendar and People apps will be updated on Tuesday.

The official Windows blog has the details on the app updates. The Mail app is likely the one that will get the most use, and the update will allow users to create, rename and delete email folders from directly inside the app. It will also allow users to see only unread emails and flag any emails that are deemed important. The new update will also allow users to add, edit, and delete any hyperlinks inside the body of the email along with better editing of any bulleted or numbered list. Additionally, the update will allow users to search for any emails on the server.

Writing email addresses in the Mail app will be easier as well, Microsoft says:

When you first start a new email draft, the “To” line is populated by “smart contact suggestions”. Essentially, the Mail app will remember and suggest the contacts that you email regularly. And if you’re working on a draft message, that message will now show up automatically at the top of your inbox. If you’re replying to an email, the draft will show up within the email conversation. Going back to find and finish draft emails is super easy.

The Calendar app will get a visual redesign that Microsoft says will make it easier to read. The app command bar on the bottom will also have a new "Work week" button that will just show calendar appointments for Monday to Friday. The blog adds:

The Calendar app now accommodates the use of scheduling assistant for business accounts that use Microsoft Exchange. Anyone used to scheduling meetings in Microsoft Outlook and being able to see a person’s availability will be able to see the same thing in the Calendar app. You can now also forward meeting invitations, send email to all meeting attendees (great for sending out meeting agendas), choose more recurrence options for reoccurring meetings or events and set end dates for recurring events.

Finally, the People app will add a new navigation bar on top of the app and will have a "What’s new" feed that will have options for each social network you are signed in on. You can also post directly to your Facebook friends' walls from within the app.

Of course, we are still waiting to see if Microsoft will also update any more of its core Windows 8/RT apps, particularly its Xbox Music app, which has seen quite a bit of criticism from users. The company is also working on a number of all new apps, judging by this weekend's Windows Blue leak.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

Windows Blue includes better multi-monitor support

Next Story

Windows Blue has removed 'system image recovery,' leaves us a bit perplexed

27 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

If I have multiple computer (it is common in these day), where can I download the update exe? I mean download once install multiple times in multiple computer offline.

NO!!! This is the greatest feature ever built on any computer ever in history. I don't think of it as a hindrance at all. I use it in a different way though. Every time I get drunk I drop my drawers and take a picture of my butt. I then make this my profile picture and the software obligingly moons everyone who has me on their People hub. AND THERE'S NO WAY THEY CAN PREVENT IT OR GET RID OF IT!

If you can't use it, abuse it. That's what I say.

Major Plonquer said,
NO!!! This is the greatest feature ever built on any computer ever in history. I don't think of it as a hindrance at all. I use it in a different way though. Every time I get drunk I drop my drawers and take a picture of my butt. I then make this my profile picture and the software obligingly moons everyone who has me on their People hub. AND THERE'S NO WAY THEY CAN PREVENT IT OR GET RID OF IT!

If you can't use it, abuse it. That's what I say.

Well played strange creature, well played ?

I see I can't add pictures yet...so guess its time to lose it or loose it, maybe both!!!

Does Mail App in Windows 8 Support--Yahoo Mail, Google, and Outlook mail? May start using it full time if it supports all those after tomorrow

I hope the People app will be a bigger update than that! It also needs a major performance improvement and mine crashes sometimes on my Surface RT. I'd love to use it exclusively, but the features and speed just aren't there. I've resorted to using the fb and twitter websites.

Wow these are very small updates. Definitely won't get me to use those apps any time soon. Until they can make the Mail app match the Outlook.com web app, there is absolutely no reason for me to use it. Might be good for my mom who writes 4 emails each month but for more serious use this is still a complete joke. I'm starting to loose faith in Windows as a professional platform for professional work. All this is child's play what I'm seeing...

It is absurd how Microsoft has developed these two environments and then refuses to make apps/programs that play nicely across both. The Outlook/Office team has stated already that they have no plans to enable Live Tile support. Here, we have evidence that the app developers have no intention of making Mail anything other than a half-baked POS that can't even compete with Outlook Express.

Relativity_17 said,
It is absurd how Microsoft has developed these two environments and then refuses to make apps/programs that play nicely across both. The Outlook/Office team has stated already that they have no plans to enable Live Tile support. Here, we have evidence that the app developers have no intention of making Mail anything other than a half-baked POS that can't even compete with Outlook Express.

What are you talking about?

Relativity_17 said,
The Outlook/Office team has stated already that they have no plans to enable Live Tile support.

You could always approach it as I do, use Outlook but leave the mail app visible for both its live tile, and the count on the lock screen. I don't actually use the Mail app for anything except the unread email count and message preview myself, Outlook is where I do all my emails.

Granted this scenario only really works if you're using Exchange or something that can keep both clients in sync automatically, but it's better than no live tile at all.

The first thing I did after Windows 8 install was to remove the above mentioned apps.

Maybe I might reinstall them to see if they suit me. But agreed that music app is the biggest POS to ever grace this planet. It makes even Google Play music player on Android seem pro.

yardmanflex said,
you have not seen the update yet..how can you judge......can you save your disappointment until tomorrow..

When the Official MS Blog states the updates and change, pretty easy to judge before the release. its not like some random tech site is posting a rumor

GREAT!
But where the Music update? They have to fix this awful regression they did with the Music app. It's close to the worse music ecosystem experience available!

trip21 said,
They don't need to fix music they need to burn it down and start from scratch!

Makes you wonder if they are doing just that and that's what taking so long!