Rumor: Microsoft to Update Some First-Party Windows 8 Apps This Month

Pulkit Chandna

Windows 8 users may not have to wait until “Blue” for much-needed improvements to core apps

Tami Reller, the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer of Windows at Microsoft, last month admitted in an interview with ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley that first-party Windows 8 apps are far from perfect in their current state . Now the veteran scribe is reporting that updates to first-party apps bundled with Windows 8 might be available much earlier than previously believed.

According to the noted Microsoft watcher, she has been told by a very credible source that Microsoft is currently prepping updates to certain first-party Windows 8 and Windows RT apps . Noting that the said contact has a habit of being “dead-on” about Windows Blue, Foley wrote in a blog post Wednesday that updates to Windows Mail, Calendar, Music, and Games apps might be available as early as this month, and not as part of the larger Windows Blue update as is widely believed now.

Microsoft is currently said to be “dogfooding” the apps in question. Another app reportedly being trialed at the company is an updated version of the Outlook for Windows RT app, but Foley’s contacts have yet to provide her with a set time frame for its release. This is apparently on account of some sort of battery-related issues with the app.

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