Windows 8 Messaging, People, Calendar and Mail apps get updated

Only a week after updating its Bing apps, Microsoft has pushed out a new update for its Calendar, Messaging, Mail and People apps on Windows 8 and Windows RT. There aren’t any major new features to get excited about, but the update does promise bug fixes and a few improvements.

Here’s the complete changelog:

Group email messages by conversation to keep your inbox organized.

Respond to meeting invitations directly from your inbox.

Get things done more quickly with faster performance in all apps.

Experience better reliability and usability based on feedback from customers like you.

Of course that’s not a lot to go on. But after testing the apps ourselves one improvement that does certainly stand out is faster performance. Each of these apps now starts up considerably faster and the navigation is a lot smoother than before.

It’s encouraging to see Microsoft constantly improving these basic apps and taking into account users’ feedback, but a more comprehensive overhaul to bring in more features and a better experience would certainly be welcome.

Check the Windows Store for the updates and keep in mind it might take a bit before they show up in your particular region.

Via: Microsoft-News

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Dear MS,

Please port Mail and People from Windows Phone 8 to Windows 8.
Thanks.

Sincerely,
This One Idiot Right Here, aka Me.

P.S. Chat can totally be displayed under the incoming video in a snapped call. Jus' sayin'.

All I want is the ability to import custom emoticons, some new colour templates and message pop ups to remain until you've returned. The autocorrect could use some improvement as weel.

"It's encouraging to see Microsoft constantly improving these basic apps and taking into account users' feedback"

i wouldnt say encouraging as it is ultimately necessary for ms. their apps are lacking so many features, they must update them very quickly. actually im puzzled that their core metro apps havent started more feature rich right at the launch.

typu said,
actually im puzzled that their core metro apps havent started more feature rich right at the launch.

These are completely new apps on a completely new platform, meaning they'll have bugs.
Now, the more features an app has, the more bugs it'll have and it'd also be harder to find and fix them.

So they start simple and gradually add features.

Software development 101.

from the sheer hugeness and experience of microsoft a customer may dare to expect better. especially because programming stuff is their core business. why do you set the expectations that low?....

eddman said,

These are completely new apps on a completely new platform, meaning they'll have bugs.
Now, the more features an app has, the more bugs it'll have and it'd also be harder to find and fix them.

So they start simple and gradually add features.

Software development 101.

"eddman said,

These are completely new apps on a completely new platform, meaning they'll have bugs.
Now, the more features an app has, the more bugs it'll have and it'd also be harder to find and fix them.

So they start simple and gradually add features."

That makes next to almost no sense at all? They might as well still be testing Windows 8 and NOT have even released it yet, if they think for a second, I'm going to install some totally buggy OS on my computer, with your logic!

cork1958 said,
"eddman said,

These are completely new apps on a completely new platform, meaning they'll have bugs.
Now, the more features an app has, the more bugs it'll have and it'd also be harder to find and fix them.

So they start simple and gradually add features."

That makes next to almost no sense at all? They might as well still be testing Windows 8 and NOT have even released it yet, if they think for a second, I'm going to install some totally buggy OS on my computer, with your logic!

Every new piece of software has bugs. Windows 8 might not have showstopper bugs, but there are minor ones here and there.

When android 1.0 came along, was it as feature rich as jelly bean?

P.S. By completely new, I mean the metro side of 8.

eddman's right, only a fool adds a tonne of new features to a release to find out that its buggy and you can't do the core stuff. The metro apps there provide core functionality to get jobs done and as even Microsoft is new to WinRT their programmers are learning how to do things so the building up from basic is going to pay of rather then trying to push out dodgy code and have to release hundreds upon hundreds of bug fixes. Number one software engineering basic principle is to build something rock solid underneath then build up off it rather than work backwards to find out what's causing problems etc.

ingramator said,
eddman's right, only a fool adds a tonne of new features to a release to find out that its buggy and you can't do the core stuff. The metro apps there provide core functionality to get jobs done and as even Microsoft is new to WinRT their programmers are learning how to do things so the building up from basic is going to pay of rather then trying to push out dodgy code and have to release hundreds upon hundreds of bug fixes. Number one software engineering basic principle is to build something rock solid underneath then build up off it rather than work backwards to find out what's causing problems etc.
No, he isn't right! After all, this so called "new apps" aren't entirely new but based on their Windows Phone cousins! Yet, they don't even provide basic functionality! 2 examples:

Why is there no "EMPTY FOLDER" option in the MAIL client?
When I go into my junk folder, images, code and links are blocked out of security precautions. Ok, that's good! However, I can't simply empty my junk folder. Instead, I have to delete each single junk mail manually, then enter my deleted folder and click on every single email again in order to delete it permanently. The bad thing: in my DELETED folder, images, code and links that were previously blocked in the junk folder are no longer blocked. And only the Almighty knows what could happen ... !

In contacts, I am still not able to list / display contacts by LAST NAME, FIRST NAME!
This has really bothered me from the very beginning! It just doesn't make any sense that you can sort contacts by last name but you can't show them by last name, first name! Have a couple of "John', "Sam" and "Georde" contacts and you search forever!

Both of the above had been implemented in the very first release of WP7! There are a whole lot more features missing in the PIM apps, the above is just an example!

You realize that multi-select works in Mail, right? Just shift-click to select a range of items, or press Ctrl-A to select all. To delete selected items, just press the Delete key.

Incidentally, items in your Junk and Deleted folders are usually deleted automatically after a time (which varies depending on your email service). Nothing "could happen" with any of them unless you choose to interact with them in some way.

Vlad Dudau said,
Until I can send files Skype for Metro is completely useless for me. Also volume controls in Metro SUCK!

Use the volume controls on your keyboard???

Practically all modern laptops do have them, so the other case would be a desktop PC. In which case, if you care enough about sound to complain about the volume control in Windows 8, you'd probably be the kind of person to get speakers with its own amp/physical volume control.

Dot Matrix said,
Use the volume controls on your keyboard???

Can use AutoHotKey or whatever if he doesn't. Quicker than dealing with on-screen controls, even in 7.

I wasn't talking about the actual visual controls I was talking about the lack of the "Mixer" function from the Desktop in which you have individual sound controls for each app

Vlad Dudau said,
I wasn't talking about the actual visual controls I was talking about the lack of the "Mixer" function from the Desktop in which you have individual sound controls for each app

I see this. Left click the volume control in the desktop, and click "Mixer" link below the mute button.