SOFTWARE REDEVELOPER Microsoft is due to release its Windows 8 operating system (OS) on 26 October, and today - in a virtual admission that the company rushed Windows 8 out the door - it revealed that it will update many small apps included with the OS right after release.
In a Building Windows 8 blog post, Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky said the firm will release updates for many of the apps that were included with the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 8 that was delivered to PC makers in August.
"Across the board, you'll see performance and reliability improvements in the apps, but there are some great new capabilities as well," Sinofsky said.
Some of the updates will add basic features in apps such as Skydrive, which will allow users to search, rename and move folders and files and create custom sorts.
Microsoft's Mail, Calendar, People, and Messaging services will also get upgrades, many of which arguably should have been delivered in the initial release, including a conversation view of the inbox, complete IMAP account support, tools for accepting and declining invitations in email, ways to capture and update account pictures, and an improved search.
There will also be subtle updates to Photos, Maps, Bing, Finance, News, Sport, Travel, Weather, Weather, Video, Music and Games apps.
Sinofsky said that while these apps come preloaded in Windows 8, they are also available through the integrated Windows Store. µ
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