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After numerous rumors, Microsoft has finally updated its three important native applications – Mail, Calendar and People apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT. These new versions will roll out from later today and will be available from the Windows Store. With this update, the company promises to offer a number of performance improvements and also a number of important features that were missing in the previous versions of the apps. Also Read - How to upgrade from Windows 7/ Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 for free
To begin with, the Mail app now allows users to view multiple email accounts and easily switch between accounts. It now allows users to filter mails into different folders like unread, read and more, which can be deleted and renamed easily by choosing the particular folder within the app. Similarly, one can now Flag emails and see them in ‘Flagged’ folder. The update also allows one to add, edit and delete hyperlinks while writing a message. There are a lot more other changes like saving contact details while drafting messages, however one noticeable feature is that now the ‘To’ field in the mail will display suggested names as small pop-ups. Moreover, unlike earlier, it now allows users to search for an email on the server, supports reading and composing rights-managed email messages and pull contacts from a Microsoft Exchange global address list to provide contact information from Exchange.
The calendar app now offers a better visual interface and is easier to read. It now features a ‘work week view’ in the app commands to show only the weekdays in the calendar. Also, the solid blocks of colors are now reflected in a small bar on the left of each appointment. You can also use scheduling assistance for business accounts that use Microsoft Exchange to create appointments, see the availability of a person, for sending meeting invites, send email to all meeting attendees and do more.
As far as the People app goes, it allows you to get connected across multiple services such as Outlook.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. The update will now enable simpler navigation via swipe gestures from the top to bring up the app commands. You can now post status updates, post Tweets or can also comment on other people’s posts on Facebook wall.