Windows 8 SkyDrive app updated; Oprah gets her OWN app

On Thursday, Microsoft announced that it would update its many in-house created Windows 8 apps for RTM users before Windows 8 is commercially launched on October 26th. Now, as revealed by McAkins Online, a new update for the Windows 8 SkyDrive app has been released.

The new version of the app offers up a new landing page that includes a video tutorial to get people up to speed on the SkyDrive app. WindowsITPro.com also reveals that searching for files is now enabled, along with renaming and moving folders and a way to access the Recycle Bin.

McAkins Online also noticed another new Windows 8 app that has appeared for download in the Windows Store. It's the official app for the cable TV channel the Oprah Winfrey Network, otherwise known as OWN

The app's description says:

Your on-the-go guide to becoming your best self: spirit, style, health, food, home and relationships. Get hand-picked advice from the most trusted experts. Plus, keep up with the latest from Oprah, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Here's the kicker: The Windows Store website says that the OWN app was actually developed by Oprah herself. Yes we know; it was likely one of her employees, but we can still imagine Oprah sitting in front of her desktop monitor and programming the code for her Windows 8 app. Hey, it's possible.

Source: McAkins Online | Images via McAkins Online and OWN

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i cant believe people still love her like ellen! Ellen was pretty awesome giving out htc radars and acer laptops to everyone. she loves microsoft

negativenathan said,
I feel sorry for any developer who has to work on an Oprah app.

I'm sure they'd have all the resources and soccer moms they need to sustain themselves.

One nice thing about the recent updates is that some of the apps are starting to get more efficient keyboard shortcuts and mouse actions. For example, SkyDrive and Mail both support Shift-click for contiguous multiselection and Ctrl-A for select all, Mail and SkyDrive supports a number of common Windows Explorer-ish shortcuts like F2 to rename, Delete to delete, Ctrl-Shift-N for new folder, and F5 to refresh. Sadly, one important thing that's still missing is any way to find out about the keyboard shortcuts other than trying random keys or keys you know from desktop apps.

Yeah discoverability is always a problem with Metro apps. This is sort of by nature as Microsoft insists that 'Chrome' should be hidden by default and touch First . So go to H*** keyboard users

contextfree said,
One nice thing about the recent updates is that some of the apps are starting to get more efficient keyboard shortcuts and mouse actions. For example, SkyDrive and Mail both support Shift-click for contiguous multiselection and Ctrl-A for select all, Mail and SkyDrive supports a number of common Windows Explorer-ish shortcuts like F2 to rename, Delete to delete, Ctrl-Shift-N for new folder, and F5 to refresh. Sadly, one important thing that's still missing is any way to find out about the keyboard shortcuts other than trying random keys or keys you know from desktop apps.

Good point. I'm not a heavy keyboard shortcut user, but it is nice to have those options and make Metro (or Modern) truly cross-compatible with different input devices. Hopefully they're working on providing such a table with that info.

gawicks said,
Yeah discoverability is always a problem with Metro apps. This is sort of by nature as Microsoft insists that 'Chrome' should be hidden by default and touch First . So go to H*** keyboard users

I disagree that it really has to be that way by nature - they could (just for one possible solution) define a system like the Ribbon has, where keyboard shortcut indicators always appear when you hit ALT or in the tooltip when you hover over a button. This still wouldn't put any chrome on the screen by default, but would provide a standard way of "asking" to see it. ALT could even be used as the keyboard way of bringing up the app commands (instead of the weird Win-Z), which would both make it smoother to use keyboard shortcuts and be quasi-consistent with desktop apps like IE, Media Player, Firefox or Vista/7 Windows Explorer that hide the menu bar.

Currently the official guidelines only recommend that you put the keyboard shortcuts in tooltips. That's slow as it requires you to hover over each one, but it's better than nothing. Unfortunately most apps still don't actually do this,

I just tried the updated SkyDrive app.... two things:

1) Great update, adds a lot of stuff i've wanted. Still needs a bit more work though but it's a very useful app now and i use it a lot even on my desktop PC.

2) The video tutorial is SO CHEESY, even by American standards. It has THE most cheesy sounding American voice and THE most cheesy story about some guy eating a pizza.... wat?! It also uses the old MS logo. And to top it off you cant close the fullscreen video and go back to SkyDrive. The close button does nothing for me. So i have to close and re-open the SkyDrive app.

To sum things up: New features = great. Video tutorial = epic fail.
This is typical MS fashion - doing something great and messing it up somehow.

Edited by NoClipMode, Oct 6 2012, 11:28pm :

Just point out something; that video is actually old, hence the old Microsoft logo. The exit fullscreen indeed is a fail, LOL.

NoClipMode said,
I just tried the updated SkyDrive app.... two things:

1) Great update, adds a lot of stuff i've wanted. Still needs a bit more work though but it's a very useful app now and i use it a lot even on my desktop PC.

2) The video tutorial is SO CHEESY, even by American standards. It has THE most cheesy sounding American voice and THE most cheesy story about some guy eating a pizza.... wat?! It also uses the old MS logo. And to top it off you cant close the fullscreen video and go back to SkyDrive. The close button does nothing for me. So i have to close and re-open the SkyDrive app.

To sum things up: New features = great. Video tutorial = epic fail.
This is typical MS fashion - doing something great and messing it up somehow.

I actually like the video. The graphics were Metro-like, and a lot of services have some sort of user-case story that people can understand. I do agree about being consistent with the new logo, but I guess it takes time for new changes to phase in.

Quikboy said,

I actually like the video.

Seriously, thats shocking. This is an 11 on the cheese-o-meter. The graphics are fine, the idea and guys voice are utter fail. A user case could have been presented SO much better without sounding so amazingly stupid. I guess (or hope) you're American so you're just used to this ridiculous stuff...

PiRhnas said,
When I first read Oprah, my mind went with the browser.

I just switched from Oprah v12.50 to Mauryfox v16.0 but it's incompatible with jokes about bees. Any solution?