Updates announced for Windows 8 built-in apps

With the launch event of Windows 8 nearing, Microsoft have announced updates for built-in apps found in Windows 8. The first update is for Bing which will be out by tomorrow. The Bing update promises richer search results for local content. Updates for other apps will be rolled-out by 26th October. Here is a list of new features that have been added to each app.

Travel

  • Additional news and magazine content
  • Improved flight search and new flight progress indicator
  • Improved hotel listing page
  • Interactive 360-degree panoramas (gyroscope supported)

 

Photos

  • Crop and rotate photos
  • New auto-curated collage slideshows
  • View photos and videos on network locations in your Pictures Library such as Windows Home Server, network shares, and HomeGroups
  • Move through photos in your Pictures Library even when you open them from the desktop

 

Music

  • Expanded music services
  • Rich “Now Playing” experience
  • Discover more music with SmartDJ

 

Maps

  • 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

 

Bing

  • Richer search results for local content and images
  • Bing rewards integration
  • Use zoom on your search results to see related queries
  • Use the file picker to select an image from Bing to use on your lock screen or in your other apps

 

SkyDrive

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

 

Finance

  • Additional news and magazine content
  • More market exchanges enabled
  • Finance videos

 

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

 

News

  • Additional news content from partners such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal
  • Enhanced article reader, including font customization, zoom, pagination, and more
  • Improved offline reading experience
  • News videos
  • Slideshows

 

Sports

  • Additional news and magazine content
  • Sports videos
  • Slideshows
  • New soccer leagues, including MLS, J. League, and Brazilian League

 

Weather

  • Improved default location usability
  • Hourly weather forecasts, up to 10 days
  • Day & evening high/low temperatures

 

Video

  • Purchasing in local currencies
  • Closed captioning
  • Search by actor or director

 

Games

  • Exciting new games
  • In-game purchasing
  • Invites and turn notifications

 

via Engadget

Source MSDN Blog