Windows 8 Consumer Preview Pre-Installed Apps and Release Date Revealed UPDATE

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Update: Microsoft announced today that it will launch Windows 8 Consumer Preview on February 29 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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With the Consumer Preview for Microsoft Windows 8 just weeks away, sources have been reporting what will be bundled as the Metro style preinstalled applications.

Windows 8Some of the applications include Camera, Messaging, Mail, Calendar, SkyDrive, People, Photos, Video, and Music. Most of these applications will be updatable from the Windows Store.

Media Center will not be included in the preview, sources tell The Verge. The application is expected to be included as part of Windows 8, but reports say that Media Center will remain relatively untouched from Windows 7. It will be shifted into an edition or editions aimed towards enthusiasts.

All of the reported applications are not guaranteed to be included in the final version of Microsoft Windows 8, expected to be released later this year. Microsoft removed Outlook Express from Windows 7 and replaced it with the downloadable Windows Live Mail application.

Other additions to the Consumer Preview list may be an Xbox Live Companion application, which will be similar to the Windows Phone 7 version.

Source: The Verge

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