When Microsoft released the public preview of Windows 8.1 in late June, the company also updated many of its in-house Modern apps for the OS. One app that didn't get an update at that time was the Mail app, with Microsoft instead choosing to hold off on adding new features until the final builds of Windows 8.1 were complete.
However, with the release of the leaked 9471 build of Windows 8.1, we now have a better idea of what new features will be put into the Mail app. Paul Thurrott of Winsupersite went over just some of the new additions to the Windows 8.1 Mail app based on checking out the leaked build.
Microsoft has already announced the new Power Pane in the Mail app, which automatically label emails in a user's inbox in different categories. In checking out the leaked Mail app, Thurrott wrote that the it now shows, what he calls, a mini app bar on the bottom that when pressed or clicked brings up the full Mail app bar with a number of different options.
The Mail app also supports drag and drop functions with the mouse and keyboard so that users can, for example, drag an email to a new folder location. People who connect the app with an Outlook.com account will see more folders show up, such as Newsletters and Social Updates, and the app bar will also add a Sweep button to give the user a way to "sweep" (i.e. delete) emails from one source quickly.
All in all, it sounds like the Mail app that will be a part of Windows 8.1 will be a massive improvement compared to the current version on Windows 8. Everyone will be able to check it out when Windows 8.1 is released on October 18th.
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