Windows 8.1 reportedly updates Windows Store apps silently

Recently it has been discovered that in Windows 8.1 build 9385, the most recent Pro Preview build that leaked to the internet last week, Windows Store apps have been silently updated through Windows Update. Users who installed the leaked build reported that after using Windows Update, a number of apps updated themselves silently, including the Movie Moments app that's new to Windows 8.1.

Originally in build 9385 Movie Moments sat at version 6.3.9385.0, but after a silent update some users are reporting their app is now at 6.3.9394.0. A different Movie Moments tile has been spotted in the corner of the app's information, so while this is a minor change, it shows that the silent update wasn't a mere version number adjustment.

In the Windows Update installation history, it was discovered that a successful installation occurred for "the following update: Microsoft.MovieMoments". Alongside this app getting updated, several other apps were found with new versions, including "PlayReady Client", "VCLibs Preview Internal" and "WinJS 2.0 Preview Internal".

Currently in Windows 8 there is no option to have updates automatically install, with users instead needing to visit the Windows Store app after being notified that there are new apps to be installed. Including automatic updates in Windows 8.1 would streamline the process of getting the latest apps on your device, and save you from the hassle of constantly visiting the Store.

Source: WinBeta

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Auto update would be great. Between three PCs each with two accounts we are updating manually a lot and it is a nuisance.

The only complaint I have is when you try an app and decide you do not like it anymore it still shows up in your app list. There should be a way to remove it.

I think an auto-update would be fine - provided you could disable it for manual updates. Sometimes it is much preferable to stay with an older version when a company releases something that ruins a feature or is buggy (like how MS managed to ruin Calculator Plus).

It definitely behooves casual users to auto-update, but any power user would want at least notification that it is happening.

ZipZapRap said,
I like manually updating; I like to read the change-logs. Admittedly, I'm probably in the minority

I'm sure you'll be able to turn that off. But speaking of change logs... it would be nice if they made it easier to find out what changed before updating. Now you only see what apps have updates available and that's it.

BillyJack said,
As an app developer, I always put the change log in the app so that my users can read what changed.

It's actually mandatory in the Windows Store.

Sounds good, as long as there is a way to rollback in case a developer pushes out an update that has a problem; nothing more frustrating than installing an update that breaks the program.

virtorio said,
Sounds good, as long as there is a way to rollback in case a developer pushes out an update that has a problem; nothing more frustrating than installing an update that breaks the program.

I think that's why MS went with no automatic updates in Windows 8 to begin with. I prefer automatic updating, but if they add a feature to rollback, that would be awesome.