Saturday, September 17, 2011

Windows 8: Photos, Mail, People, Calendar, and Messaging Metro App Demos

 

Microsoft is currently building a number of Metro inspired applications for Windows 8.
The applications are very similar to their Windows Phone counterparts. Microsoft has included a Messaging app which allows users to consolidate messages into a single thread. Windows 8 users will be able to talk to Facebook, Windows Live Messenger and even SMS friends from the Messaging Metro style app. Microsoft’s Photo app includes Facebook, SkyDrive and Flickr pictures from accounts associated with the users Windows Live ID. The Mail app supports all types of email accounts and even includes support for Exchange based mailboxes.
The software giant is working on several Windows Live Metro apps for Windows 8 that will be made available alongside the new operating system. The applications are not currently available in the Windows 8 Developer Preview build but Microsoft is expected to ship them in beta form once the first Windows 8 beta is available.
Microsoft’s People app in Windows 8 is a cloud powered address book that combines contacts from work email accounts, personal email accounts and even social networks like Facebook. The applications appear to include basic functionality at the moment but they’re clearly early work from the Windows and Windows Live divisons. Check out the video below for a taste of what Microsoft is planning for its Metro Windows 8 apps.