Microsoft is currently working on its Windows 8.1 update which may or may not come with a Boot to Desktop option, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t ready to push out some updates to Windows 8 right now to improve a rather large number of some of its core applications.


A total of six applications were updated today on the Windows 8 platform: News, Weather, Finance, Travel, Sports and Maps. Each application has its own set of improvements that make it worth checking out if you haven’t yet such as Maps’ update to includes both walking and transit directions or Travel’s “easy access to travel content.”

One of the more impressive improvements has to be to Windows 8’s News application, which Microsoft is attempting to create into a Google Reader replacement as you can now add your own sources and RSS feeds into the application. Sorting news by topics is now a possibility and sharing stories has also been improved in today’s update.

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