Right from the Start: Delivering the Windows 8.1 Apps and Services

Right from the Start: Delivering the Windows 8.1 Apps and Services

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Microsoft is continuing on its mission to deliver one experience across all the devices in your life. At the center of that experience are the more than 20 new and improved Microsoft apps and services that come right from (the) Start on your new Windows device, which came to life in yesterday’s release of Windows 8.1.

This blog wraps up the “Right from the Start” series of posts we have been sharing over the last few weeks. We aspire for Windows to stand for the best set of consumer’s experiences on any device – the best music through Xbox Music, the best web through IE, the best cloud-storage with SkyDrive, the best mail with Outlook.com, the best apps to show your creative side, and more.

The apps and services you get built in with Windows 8.1 deliver a fresh perspective with you at the center focusing on the things you value most. Staying connected, expressing yourself, getting stuff done, having some serious fun: these are some of the most important things we all do, every day, and we believe your Windows device should reflect that right from the first moment you power it on. And while, each service itself is compelling, the magic really happens when they smoothly flow together to create one connected experience.

It’s been great hearing from so many of you early adopters about how excited you are for the new experience that is Windows. I encourage all of you to jump in and see what these apps and services are all about. Here are a few things to try when you get your new Windows 8.1 device…

  • Upload some photos to SkyDrive – and watch them show up across all of your devices
  • Download Movie Moments from the Windows Store and see how simple it is to trim, add captions, and make your short video shareable within “moments.”
  • Start listening to free music straight away with the Xbox Music app – more than 33 million songs are in the catalogue – for free!
  • Read this blog about all the new Bing apps.

Check out the below to see the list of apps and services that are available right from the Start in Windows 8.1:


Whether you update your Windows 8 device or buy a device with Windows 8.1. Check the Windows Store on your Windows 8 device for your free update to Windows 8.1 or read our blog post here.

Ryan Gavin
General Manager
Microsoft Apps & Services

Read the series of blog posts!

Right from the Start: Xbox Music

Right from the Start: Bing Apps

Right from the Start: Reading List

Right from the Start: Delivering the best email experience on any tablet with Windows 8.1

Right from the Start: The Best Web is on Windows with Internet Explorer 11

Right from the Start: Apps for Creative Expression

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  • Yet again Microsoft missed the boat! The "start" button on 8.1 desktop is merely a duplicate of the windows icon on the keyboard, switching you from desktop to that awful start menu! In fact to shut the pc off, you have to RIGHT click on that start button (no explanation from Microsoft on the features of 8.1 either!).

    Microsoft had a golden chance to restore not just the start button but its traditional function of pulling a list of installed programs, document, music pictures etc (everything that the average users of xp, vista and 7 have wanted and lost with the original windows 8). You chose to ignore that and instead pandered to the 5-10% of "techies" rather than listen to what the overwhelming majority of your (and my consultancy) users were saying about Windows 8.

    The learning curve is still too long (if you are over 40 expect to spend countless hours trying to figure out even the basics - or buy "Windows 8 For Dummies!). Expecting upper middle aged to retired and older users to know they have to click on the folder at the bottom of the desktop to get to their files with NO explanation to those users......

    And before the techies on this blog start slamming me; I own one of the most successful computer consultancies in Texas and not ONE of my Clients has ANYTHING positive to say about 8 or 8.1! And that says a lot with a Client base of over 2000, so I THINK I know of what I speak...........

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  • abm
    268 Posts

    It would be great if we have a permalink to Windows Store website for app to share with someone right from app description in windows store. You can hook it with Share Charm and provide a permalink and QR code for email, facebook, twitter etc.

  • vieya
    44 Posts

    When are you guys going to work on windows media player?