Updates to Windows Mail, Calendar and People apps for Window 8 and Windows RT will be available in the Windows Store starting Tuesday — and possibly as early as tonight, Microsoft announced today.
The updates are designed to make it easier to manage email, communications and other tasks across multiple accounts and devices.
Some of the new features in the Mail app include the ability to filter to see only unread emails, to create and delete folders directly within the app, and to search the server for emails that are older than two weeks. (The Mail app deletes from your device emails that are older than two weeks by default to preserve disk space and battery life, according to the official blog post.)
The updated Calendar app now color codes events with a bar on the left of each event, rather than a solid block of color; has a “work week” view; and sends email to all meeting attendees.
New People app features include the ability to bring up app commands by swiping from the top (or right clicking with a mouse) and to post to friends’ Facebook walls from the app.
Other updates to Windows 8 and Windows RT are also reportedly expected soon, according to Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet, including possibly, Xbox Music and Bin AppEx applications (such as Weather, News and Sports).
In addition, the buzz ramped up this weekend over what may be leaked screenshots of a build of Windows Blue, the reported big update that may be coming later this year for Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Server. Foley writes about it here.