As any user who’s used Windows 8 in any form as of late will likely admit, the bundled “Modern” applications are, erm, a little lacking. Many of Microsoft’s own apps are prone to crashes, have extraordinarily limited functionality in comparison to their desktop counterparts, and are genuinely less than excellent user experiences.
Microsoft has apparently decided to admit that to itself, as Microsoft just announced that they’re planning a huge update for many of Windows 8′s built in applications, which will be distributed by means of the bundled Windows Store.
Just a few of the planned updates users can look forward to on release day is an improved e-mail application which now features IMAP support (much like just about every other e-mail client on the face of the planet), crop and rotate options on the built-in photo viewer application, Bird’s Eye view support for Maps, in-door venue mapping support, and much more.
Source: Building Windows 8