There’s been some worry that Microsoft’s Windows team may be waiting until the “Blue” upgrade to Windows 8 and Windows RT to refresh the Microsoft-developed, first-party apps that are bundled with the operating system. I’m hearing from my contacts that this is not the case. In fact, updates to the Windows Mail, Calendar, Music, and Games apps for Windows 8 and Windows RT may be available to users as soon as this month. Microsoft officials aren’t commenting on this bit of information that I received from one of my contacts who has been dead-on about Blue (so far). Blue is the code name for the operating system refresh for Windows 8 and Windows RT — as well as a number of other Microsoft products — that is under development and supposedly set to be released to users this summer. Microsoft officials have acknowledged publicly that the Windows team is aware that the first-party apps on Windows 8 and Windows RT have room for improvement.
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