Microsoft to refresh core Windows 8 apps

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Microsoft will start pushing out updated versions of its core Modern style applications for its Windows 8 flagship operating system today.

The first major upgrade to the bundled apps, this update pertains to the Mail, Calendar and People apps to address some of the complaints relating to their quality. While Windows 8 users could rely on traditional desktop apps, customers who bought the ARM-based Windows RT tablets were left hanging with an inferior email client.

The Mail app now allows for multiple email accounts to be easily viewed and toggled between, and adds support for read/unread filters. The Calendar app, however, no longer synchronizes with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Calendar. Computerworld confirmed this with a Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) spokesperson.

Google--in January of this year--stopped supporting EAS for its Gmail service for new customers, though existing users will still be able to use it. The decision to remove EAS support from the calendar app may have been made by Microsoft to reduce user confusion. However, Gmail users will still be able to use the Mail app using EAS.

To install the update, tap on the "Updates" link that appears in the top right-hand corner of the Windows Store. Though the link should appear automatically, it must be manually installed from the Windows Store. You can read more about the updates from this blog post on the Windows Experience Blog.

For more:
- check out this article at Computerworld

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