Microsoft to refresh Windows 8 core app trio on Tuesday

Calendar drops support for sync to Google's cloud calendar, claims report

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It wasn't clear, however, whether Microsoft's Modern-style Calendar would drop EAS support for all Google users, including those, such as Google Apps for Business customers, who can still sync through EAS. Microsoft did not immediately reply to a request for clarification on Monday.

"If [Microsoft] pulls sync support for corporate [Google] accounts -- like me -- this will get real ugly, and fast," said Patrick Moorhead, the principal of Moor Insights & Strategy, in an email.

Windows 8 users have complained about the quality of some of the operating system's core apps since the OS was in public preview, with most focused on Mail. Today, several people applauded the upcoming updates in comments appended to Microsoft's announcement-by-blog. But most still griped about something.

"The Messaging app needs updates, too," said a commenter identified as Leo Preuss Jr.

Microsoft, however, did not mention Messaging, its instant message and chat app, fueling speculation that the company has plans to kill the program and instead push people to Skype.

But one analyst simply shrugged off today's news.

"The speed with which they update [core] apps from the [Windows] Store, that's not that big an issue, because for me, their functionality is so poor that no one is using them in volume," Michael Cherry of Directions on Microsoft, said in an interview.

"The functionality is so poor that I don't care if they release updates," Cherry continued, noting that he gave up on all three on his Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.

Windows 8 users can run alternate software on the Windows 7-esque "classic" desktop -- including Office and its Outlook email and scheduling application -- but that's not possible on Windows RT, which is stuck with the Windows Store apps. Even Office 2013 RT, included on each Windows RT tablet, isn't a solution, since it lacks Outlook.

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