Windows 8 core apps updated

Microsoft has today released an update to the core set of apps provided with Windows 8 and Windows RT. The update appears to address performance and reliability across the board as well as some other tweaks here and there.

It’s no secret that Microsoft has been trying to iterate the current set of core apps in Windows 8 since launch. Seeing as many of these apps form a core part of the experience, added functionality here makes a real difference in real use.

Here are the release notes for this update.

Improved performance and reliability in Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging

What’s new in Mail

Create, rename and delete folders. • Flag messages. • Filter for unread messages. • Sync faster and more reliably. • Search for emails on the server. • Get easier access to search and printing. • Mark messages as junk mail. • See smart contact suggestions when composing a message. • Add, edit and delete links when composing a message. • Save senders as new contacts. • Delete all messages in a folder. • Manage draft messages more efficiently. • Send emails from your outlook.com alias.

What’s new in Calendar

Find appointments more easily with updated visuals and improved readability. • See your working week at a glance. • See the current time in day and week views and when Calendar is snapped. • Choose more recurrence options.

What’s new in People

Filter your What’s new feed by social network. • Navigate to People sections more easily.

There doesn’t seem to be anything drastic going on here other than tweaks and performance boosting, but if you notice anything stand-out please let us know. You can force your Windows 8 and Windows RT machines to check for the updates by doing the following:

Go to the Windows Store, show the charms, click on settings then go to app updates. Once there hit the button to that says “Check for updates”.

Good to see Microsoft keeping up on these improvements, we can only hope the Xbox Music app gets that big update soon..

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Happened to me yesterday when adding a new account. It restarted two times and after that it was all fine. At least it seems to have some kind of recovery system.

It all works well enough for the tablet, let's hope the teams will keep listening to the users..

Has not fixed the bug introduced in the previous major update, where if your IMAP server pushes out a huge folder list, the app hangs and crashes when trying to sync the account.

Well I tried to download the update on my Laptop & Desktop & gave me an error: 0x8020002e
My friend has also the same problem while downloading the update (Stucks at 6% then error).
Am I the only one here whose experiencing it?

These are minor updates, Ed Bott says the core mail, people, etc apps will all see major updates with Windows 8.1 RTM. They're still be the same in the preview, which shows that it's basically the same core Windows team working on these apps when it should be someone else so that the Windows team can just work on Windows.

I think they should let the Bing apps team work on all of these apps together, but of course in any company this size you'll have mini power wars over which team gets to control what etc.

Hey GP007!
For sure and yes all the core apps will be given a make over then. For now though, updates to these core apps normally mean big jumps in performance. If you're a Windows RT user you'll likely see most difference to stability and speed.

Argh the people app has disappointed once again... only shows one msn set of contacts online, does not show Skype contacts online and does not show Facebook contacts online (unless you go to available on your Microsoft account).
It's the most irritating thing about Windows 8 and Phone 8 as far as I'm concerned.

Agreed. To this day I haven't used that app once. Either merge it with Skype - after all they replaced MSN with Skype - or drop that app altogether...

Please no. I only use the Messaging app. The Skype app is far more annoying than the Messaging app. You have to _uninstall_ Skype just to sign out. That's absurd.

Receiving notifications from the People App regarding social networking activity would be nice instead of having to look at the tile every once in a while to see any activity. It needs work.

No, adding pictures is still not possible. It's odd that functionality is spread out so much. One thins is adding it on the account webpage, and it will be filtered down. But still...

hmmm.. That's weird.
I'm pretty sure it was there a while ago.
It was part of the import options to transfer your contacts over to the contacts part of your account. Or I must have imagined it :-\

Edit: just checked the help pages. Apparently you can't. When that faceless person in your contacts adds an image somewhere, on any linked social media account, you get an image as well.
Still stupid, as some people aren't linked to the web in any way, like my granny. And it's still nice to have contact info with an image attached...... ;-)

Edited by Dutchie64, May 31 2013, 2:39pm :

I know. My entire family isn't on Facebook, Linkedin, or any other social network. It's nice that I can add pictures on my Windows Phone, but absurd that I can't sync that to my Surface or Outlook account.

ModernMech said,
Can I add pictures to contacts yet in the People app? No? Then I don't care. Such a blatantly missing feature.

Tell me about it!! Every f'n update I hope that it changes but nope.

well... it does it halfway.
When someones names is set like "Name of Someone", the filter will put this person on the O listing, instead of the S listing ;-)

It's that Charm Bar thing that is hard to understand... You're in one app, but it's in the Charm that you find the settings for that app...

TruckWEB said,
It's that Charm Bar thing that is hard to understand... You're in one app, but it's in the Charm that you find the settings for that app...

I don't get why having settings in the same place on every app is confusing. You're not opening a different app. . O.o

Only because it was never that way before. It makes perfect sense to do it like that, some people just don't have that "Aha" moment as fast as others.

-adrian- said,
well i have the - by first name as default and by surname as option in the charms bar options menu

Unfortunately, that is only the sorting option but you're not able to list contacts by LAST NAME, FIRST NAME. Just have 24 different "Bob"s amd 48 "Nancy"s in your contacts and you'll understand what I am talking about.

Where I can download the exe / msu / anyother way expect from Microsoft Store? Thanks. I need to share it / installed to my friends that also using Windows 8 but don't have internet or if I need to reinstall my Windows.

Dutchie64 said,
He must be trolling.....

No one in his right mind and not drunk can ask such a silly question....

Or maybe he doesnt understand. Nothing he said was a troll comment. And something like this would be great for corporations who want to control their updates. Like a WSUS server to push out the updates so you dont have hundreds of systems going out to the internet at once to DL updates.

Glad to see these updates, but I can't help but wonder if Microsoft had a larger pool of early testers that these things would have been done AGES ago.

There's a reason why people live by the "wait til SP1" mantra. In MS' defense, OSes are amazingly complex so it's not a huge surprise they don't get it right on the first try.

But if they have months of testing with hundreds people, who are, I presume, experts on seeing flaws and also having hundreds of Windows developers... why not bother.
Obviously there are things that they'll miss but only small things.
This update has so many things that are so glaringly obvious and should have been in there from the start, just from the beginning of the update list, "Flag messages", seriously? They missed that?

ozzy76 said,
There's a reason why people live by the "wait til SP1" mantra. In MS' defense, OSes are amazingly complex so it's not a huge surprise they don't get it right on the first try.

Which is fair, but these are app missing basic functionality AND in a new environment that THEY are pushing...

M_Lyons10 said,

Which is fair, but these are app missing basic functionality AND in a new environment that THEY are pushing...

Exactly. Some thing should of been done right at the start but MS was in a rush to release Win8 to have a consistent look/feel a crossed their mobile/desktop markets. If these things were addressed at the start, Win8 would of done much better and wouldnt have gotten so many negative reviews/comments. And I know Win8 sold 100mil+ licenses, doesnt mean those licenses are in use. Apps re a big part of Win8 and missing obvious features doesnt give users a good impression.

Edited by techbeck, May 31 2013, 12:37pm :

ozzy76 said,
There's a reason why people live by the "wait til SP1" mantra. In MS' defense, OSes are amazingly complex so it's not a huge surprise they don't get it right on the first try.

This isn't about the OS. This is referring to apps. There's a difference. Plus the story is misleading as the release notes are wrong. The real news here is that Microsoft released a minor fix for their core apps. Moving on...

SkolVikings said,

This isn't about the OS. This is referring to apps.

Win8 is all about the apps...and the apps effect the perception of Win8.

Agreed, pull them out and put them in the store, core apps are still considered a part of the base OS in my book. The mail client has improved quite a bit though, but we're talking functionality that should have been there day 1.

techbeck said,

Win8 is all about the apps...and the apps effect the perception of Win8.

Come on this has nothing to do with an OS complexity. This is a mail app. And it's not like MS is doing it for the first time : Outlook ? Outlook express ? Windows Live mail ? yet they come up with the most garbage email client. I've been reporting feedback since the consumer preview (this was May last year). Nothing has improved between May and March when they released the first "major" update - which is barely a v1 release. It's like that Windows phone 8 desktop app, do they only have 2 interns working on this, a key app for the ecosystem ?? How much do MS really want to fail ?

ozzy76 said,
There's a reason why people live by the "wait til SP1" mantra. In MS' defense, OSes are amazingly complex so it's not a huge surprise they don't get it right on the first try.

They will be waiting forever then since there won't be an SP1.

No, but there will be 8.1 and probably similar releases for future Windows versions. I suspect that will take the place of SP1 for those adopting the wait 'til SP1 approach.

Go to the Windows Store, show the charms, click on settings then go to app updates. Once there hit the button to that says “Check for updates”.

I just checked using the above method and the update appeared.. may want to check yourself.

Neobond said,
I just checked using the above method and the update appeared.. may want to check yourself.

What are you talking about? These changes were released about a month or two ago. There are no obvious changes between this update and the previous update. It's just a bugfix release and Microsoft haven't updated the changelog.

Meph said,

What are you talking about? These changes were released about a month or two ago. There are no obvious changes between this update and the previous update. It's just a bugfix release and Microsoft haven't updated the changelog.

No need to get your panties in a twist!

Neobond said,
No need to get your panties in a twist!

Ha ha. Don't worry. I wasn't as worked up about it as I may have sounded.