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Windows 8 core apps updated

Microsoft has today released an update to the core set of apps provided with Windows 8 and Windows RT. The update appears to address performance and reliability across the board as well as some other tweaks here and there.

It’s no secret that Microsoft has been trying to iterate the current set of core apps in Windows 8 since launch. Seeing as many of these apps form a core part of the experience, added functionality here makes a real difference in real use.

Here are the release notes for this update.

Improved performance and reliability in Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging

What’s new in Mail

Create, rename and delete folders. • Flag messages. • Filter for unread messages. • Sync faster and more reliably. • Search for emails on the server. • Get easier access to search and printing. • Mark messages as junk mail. • See smart contact suggestions when composing a message. • Add, edit and delete links when composing a message. • Save senders as new contacts. • Delete all messages in a folder. • Manage draft messages more efficiently. • Send emails from your outlook.com alias.

What’s new in Calendar

Find appointments more easily with updated visuals and improved readability. • See your working week at a glance. • See the current time in day and week views and when Calendar is snapped. • Choose more recurrence options.

What’s new in People

Filter your What’s new feed by social network. • Navigate to People sections more easily.

There doesn’t seem to be anything drastic going on here other than tweaks and performance boosting, but if you notice anything stand-out please let us know. You can force your Windows 8 and Windows RT machines to check for the updates by doing the following:

Go to the Windows Store, show the charms, click on settings then go to app updates. Once there hit the button to that says “Check for updates”.

Good to see Microsoft keeping up on these improvements, we can only hope the Xbox Music app gets that big update soon..

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