The start of a new month is usually when the teams over at Redmond unleash new versions of the default Windows 8 apps, and smack on target a few news ones are available.

Microsoft have refreshed a number of apps, seven in total.

Prime among them being the Metro flavor of Skype that comes with a few new options to go with bug fixes that address some issues present in the previous releases. Official release notes confirm that this new build of Skype now synchronizes favorites across devices.

This means that you can now have the same list of favorite contacts on all connected computers that are running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1.

An important (and requested) new addition, it must be said!

Additionally, the app makes some minor changes to favorite and recent conversations, and these now take up less space on the screen — leaving more space available for the contact list.

The Weather app also got a look this time around. Powered by Bing, this latest build of the application primarily addresses many of the bugs and issues that were found in prior versions. The features list remains unchanged, however.

Bing Health & Fitness, Bing Sports, Bing Travel, Bing Finance and Bing News also get some touchups.

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  1. Mike Greenway / May 7, 2014 at 9:28 am /Reply

    Isn’t that update screen (pictured above) from Win8? With Win8.1 the apps update automatically, hence no update screen. Right or wrong?

    • I believe this is from Windows 8.1 Update installed. Automatic installation of apps probably turned off, I’d wager.

      • Mike Greenway / May 8, 2014 at 9:01 am /Reply

        Right You are. I have now found the option under store/settings/app updates. Still on auto for me.

  2. The weather app needed an update badly! I think skype could’ve used one as well, but the weather one definitely needed to fix the bugs. Hope it accomplished that.

    • Mike Greenway / May 8, 2014 at 8:50 am /Reply

      It odd you know I use the weather app every day and haven’t run into any malfunctions. What goes wrong for you?

  3. Kelsy Martin / May 7, 2014 at 4:36 pm /Reply

    Lot of nice updates. This was definitely a big day for Bing apps! 🙂 I hope all the issues are fixed from these updates. It sounds like they were.

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