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NewsPoster Jun 16, 2013 09:54 PM
New leak shows Xbox Music redesign, returning apps for Windows 8.1
Details have emerged over possible updates for built-in apps in the free <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287818==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/05/30/revised.start.menu.greater.focus.on.personalizatio n/" rel='nofollow'>Windows 8.1</a> update. A reworked interface for Xbox Music, a redesigned Windows Store, and the reintroduction of apps seen in previous incarnations of the desktop operating system are shown in images, ahead of the update's preview release later this month. <br />
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Screenshots on <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287819==https://twitter.com/BAV0" rel='nofollow'>the</a> <em>BAVo</em> Twitter account, spotted <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287820==http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/16/4435096/xbox-music-redesign-windows-8-1-windows-store" rel='nofollow'>by</a> <em>The Verge</em>, shows the new updates, which includes touch-enabled versions of the Calculator, Sound Recorder, and Scan apps that users of earlier versions of Windows will have seen in some form or another. A Help & Tips app will offer Windows 8.1 tutorials to new users, and Reading List keeps track of bits of clipboard data copied from other applications. <br />
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Xbox Music will offer a two-panel interface, and will apparently help in track discovery and for quicker locating and playback of stored tracks. The simplified layout adds a search box, support for playing songs outside of Xbox Music's range, and the ability to play music stored on memory cards. <br />
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Windows 8.1, set to be released in preview on June 26th and expected to be out as a full release later this year, adds in a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287821==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/05/29/start.button.to.use.angular.design.of.windows.8.lo go/" rel='nofollow'>number</a> of improvements to the operating system. Updates to the lock screen, overhauled search, and an updated Snap View are included, along with the return of the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/287822==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/06/07/windows.81.start.button.given.live.demo/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Start button</a>.
 
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