By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 07, 2012 12:38 PM EDT
Microsoft is adding a slew of updates to the apps and tools that come with Windows 8, and this week the software giant outlined more than 50 changes covering everything from search and messaging to music or photo management.
The tweaks come as the final touches to apps and tools ahead of the official Windows 8 launch, set for Oct. 26.
"As we get close to the general availability (GA) of Windows 8, there are many things that the Windows team and other teams at Microsoft have been doing to get ready," Gabriel Aul, a member of the Windows program management team, wrote in a blog post on Friday, Oct. 5.
"Leading up to GA for Windows 8, we will be releasing updates for many of the apps that were included with the release to manufacturing (RTM) build of Windows 8 that was delivered to PC makers and to MSDN and TechNet subscribers in August," added Aul.
The pre-launch tweaks cover a wide variety of Microsoft apps that will run on Windows 8 and its tablet-only version, Windows RT. Updated apps and their tweaks include:
As previously mentioned, Microsoft has already made more than 50 tweaks to its suite of applications, and it plans to continue making updates until Windows 8 launches.
"We are excited to get these updated apps out to all of the people who have been using Windows 8 so far, and to have them ready for the Windows 8 launch for people buying new PCs or upgrading their existing PCs," added Aul.
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