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Microsoft extends apps ahead of Windows 8.1 launch

16 Aug 13

After revealing Windows 8.1 will begin rolling out worldwide in New Zealand, Microsoft will also expand the base of apps and services that come in-box with the software.

Set to be launched at midnight on October 18, the software giant says the expansion includes Internet Explorer, Bing, SkyDrive and Skype.

"Microsoft is focused on delivering one experience across all the devices in your life," the company says.

The company says the centerpiece of that strategy and experience are the Microsoft services and apps that come right from (the) Start on your new Windows device.

The Windows Experience blog posted its first installment of a series that will highlight the apps and services driving toward this “one experience” vision.

Describing the experience, Microsoft says it comes to life through more than 20 new and improved apps and services that come as part of Windows 8.1.

"The blog post includes an infographic that surveys the apps and services, which help you stay connected, express yourself, get stuff done and have serious fun," the company says.

"These are some of the most important things we all do, every day, and Microsoft believes your Windows device should reflect that right from the first moment you power it on."

Microsoft has been building an expanding base of consumer apps and services – including Bing, Skype, Internet Explorer, SkyDrive,, Xbox Music, Video, and Games – that are now part of your new Windows device.

"While each service itself is compelling, the magic really happens when they smoothly flow together to create one experience," Microsoft says.

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