We’re three days to our Windows 10 launch! Today, we’re sharing more about the great Windows 10 built-in apps like Photos, Maps, Mail and Calendar, Groove, and Movies & TV*. This family of apps shares an elegant look and feel and work consistently across all your Windows 10 devices.
Put your best photos forward with Windows 10. The new Photos app makes sense of your growing collection of photos, getting them organized and easy to navigate. You can sort your collections of photos by date for fast access.
The app will create albums of your life events, showcasing your best shots to help you tell a great story. With one click of a button you can count on auto-enhance to do expert touch-ups on the photos you take and keep on your Windows 10 device, and rest easy knowing that every photo is safely backed up with a full-resolution copy in your OneDrive online storage**. Once your photo has been edited to your liking you can easily share it via email with your friends and family, even set the photo as your lock screen or as your desktop background.
Maps on Windows 10 helps you navigate your world with the information that matters most to you. It’s a new application that works great on all screen sizes, and combines the best of Bing Maps and HERE Maps. Pin your favorite locations to your Start menu for quick and easy access, or add them to your list of favorites – and Maps on Windows will sync them across your all your Windows devices.
The share option allows you to share a specific location with a friend via email or to your OneNote. With the app you get up-to-the-minute traffic information, rich local search results, and robust public transportation options, with new features included like guided turn-by-turn navigation that works even when you’re offline. We’ve also added the Me Tile so you can find your way back home from everywhere. Discover the world in breathtaking hi-fidelity aerial and street-side views, with Maps in Windows 10.
Groove, Movies & TV
Enjoying music and videos is simple, fast and elegant on Windows 10. With Groove you can listen to your favorite songs and artists, make your own playlists, and keep up with all the latest hits. It’s easy to discover new music with radio—custom stations based on artists you love. For ad-free access to millions of tracks with one of the largest music catalogs on the planet***, sign up for a Groove Music Pass. Groove is easy to use, portable and personal, with it you get all the music you love, everywhere you want it. With the Movies & TV app, you can browse and play through your own video collection, or kick back to the hottest movies & TV shows in HD. You can import your personal video collection, and play back your content in a fast, elegantly designed app that is optimized for both mouse/keyboard and touch. Browse the Windows Store to rent or purchase from a huge collection of entertainment content, from weekly new releases on movies to TV shows a day after they air. You’ll also find deals, discounts and personalized recommendations just for you right from within the Windows Store. On Windows 10 devices, Xbox and the web, the Movies & TV app lets you start watching a purchased or rented movie on one device and pick up where you left off on another.
Mail & Calendar
The built-in Mail and Calendar apps get even better in Windows 10. Crafting emails has never been easier or more powerful, with the familiar and rich capability of Microsoft Word built into the authoring experience.
Simply insert tables, add pictures, use bullets and color to get your points across. Keep up with your inbox with new touch gestures**** that help you read, sort, and archive your mail. The new navigation bar is quick and convenient, allowing you to move freely between your email and your calendar, making it easy to get things done.
Manage multiple calendar accounts with the Calendar app and view your week’s schedule, or look out further in the month view to manage your appointments and know what you have coming up.
You get an experience that’s instantly recognizable with all the great built-in apps in Windows 10. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where we’ll be sharing another awesome Windows 10 feature!
*App and content availability and experience may vary by market; some content sold separately.
**Applies to photos taken with and locally stored on a Windows 10 device.
***Groove Music Pass is sold separately and available in select markets. Catalog size and availability varies by market.
Updated July 28, 2015 1:04 pm