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Windows 8 built-in application updates now available

Microsoft announced last week that it would be updating the applications that are bundled with the Modern UI in Windows 8, and the company has now delivered on that promise.

Right now, the Mail, Calendar, People, Messaging, Maps and Skydrive applications are showing that updates are available for some users, but other users are also reporting that they are seeing an update for the built in photo viewer, sports and news applications too. The changes to the applications were listed the other day when Microsoft announced them, but here they are again for quick reference:


  • Search within SkyDrive
  • Rename and move folders and files
  • New first-run experience
  • Custom sort order

Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging

  • Conversation view of your inbox
  • Complete IMAP account support
  • Accepting and declining invitations in email
  • Capturing and updating your account picture
  • Improved search
  • Search for a contact within the Messaging app


  • Bird's eye view
  • 3,000+ indoor venue maps
  • Driving directions hints
  • Improved navigation and layout
  • Improved customization, including custom pushpins and roaming options
  • Integration with Bing and Travel apps

The applications are now available for update via the Windows Store in the start screen. Just open the store, select "Updates" in the top right and install the available updates.

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