Windows 8

The consumer preview of Windows 8 is drawing closer, and now some of the preinstalled applications we can expect have been revealed.

Speaking with sources close to the development, The Verge has learned what we can expect in the way of applications to be included in the first public beta of the new operating system.

  • Camera
  • Messaging
  • Mail
  • Calendar
  • SkyDrive
  • People
  • Photos
  • Video
  • Music

There is a chance that more will be included with the official launch, but apparently these are the ones that Microsoft is currently focusing on.

Apparently Microsoft is now considering Windows Store, Mail, Calendar, People and Messaging to be core apps, and none of them will include the “Windows Live” moniker that we are currently familiar with.  Of particular interest is reportedly one source is claiming that messaging may include SMS support, so we may be seeing some sort of phone/computer integration on the communication side of things.

It seems that some of the new thought process going into how Windows 8 is built is that each app, even if considered a core part of the system, will be built as a separate entity to allow for easier patches and fixes.  In other words, if Mail is found to have a bug, Microsoft only needs to worry about that, and not how it will impact other portions of Windows which should make for much quicker updates.  This will also allow computer manufacturers to tailer what you receive with the Windows 8 pre-installation as they will be able to pick and choose what’s included.

From the sounds of it, Windows 8 is going to be the most customizable version of the operating system yet, and that is most assuredly a good move in the right direction for Microsoft.

[via The Verge]