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The Photos app in Windows 8 is a disappointment. In Windows 8.1, it’s significantly more robust, with tools for cropping, retouching, and editing photos. Note the wheel control here, which is used in several of the new apps.
The new Alarms app makes a serviceable alarm clock. It also provides stopwatch and countdown functions. The wheel based time controls are an improvement over clunky lists.
Food and drink, weights and measures
The new Bing Food and Drink app is the kitchen counterpart to previously available apps like Travel. In this screenshot I’ve snapped the new Calculator app to its side and used its converter functions to solve some common problems.