Microsoft's Lync and OneNote apps for Windows 8, Windows RT now in Windows Store

Microsoft's Lync and OneNote apps for Windows 8, Windows RT now in Windows Store

Summary: October 26 is not only the day Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets and PCs go on sale, but also the date a number of new and finalized apps are hitting the Windows Store.

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October 26: It's the day Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets and PCs are available for retail purchase. It's also the day that a number of Microsoft-developed apps for the new platforms are downloadable in final form.

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The new, free Windows 8/Windows RT Lync and OneNote apps are available in the Windows Store as of today.

The Lync app, to which Microsoft officials previously referred as Lync 2013 MX is a touch-centric, Metrofied ("Windows Storized"?) version of Microsoft's Lync unified communications client. Lync 2013 MX was not released as part of the Office 2013 Customer Preview in July. The new client is compatible with both Lync Server 2010 and Lync Server 2013. It includes Skype federation, meaning Lync 2013 users will be able to see presence, instant message or call anyone on Skype.

The Windows 8/Windows RT version of the Micrsoft OneNote note-taking app, also was previously referred to as an MX app (for Metro experience, perhaps). Microsoft made a test version available to Office Customer Preview testers earlier this year. The new final version features the "Radial Menu," which is a dial-like menu with options for formatting notes, making to-do lists; adding pictures directly from a tablet's camera.

The final version of Microsoft's new Windows 8/Windows RT Skype application, which has been Metroized and rearchitected from the ground-up is in the Windows Store. The re-vamped MSN portal, customized for Windows 8/Windows RT and IE 10, is available now.. Microsoft has refreshed and updated the Windows 8/Windows RT apps built by its Bing AppEx team, too.

In the past day or so, Microsoft has cleared hundreds of new third-party applications for arrival in the Windows Store, as well, including Hulu Plus, Urbanspoon, The New York Times, On October 24, the worldwide total of Metro-style/Windows Store apps was just under 8,000, according to WinAppUpdate.com. On October 26, it still was under 10,000, based on WinAppUpdate's tally.

Topics: Unified Comms, Collaboration, Microsoft, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Angry Birds?

    Is Angry Birds available today? That might be the bellwether app for disgruntled returns...
    JohnMorgan3
    • Yes

      Idk about the original but Angry Birds Space is available
      nxwkev
    • All the statement from the article means

      Mary Jo Foley article quotes the following ...."Microsoft has cleared hundreds of new third-party applications for arrival in the Windows Store"

      ALL THIS REALLY MEANS IS MORE MALWARE FOR ANYONE WHO DESIDES TO USE ANY FORM OF WINDOWS 8


      End of story
      Over and Out
      • troll

        Please stop trolling. You're not impressing anyone.
        jhnnybgood
  • So is MS Office useable on Surface RT ? Anyone know ?

    I thought the killer App for Surface RT was the bundled in Office 2013. And yet I haven't seen any Video reviews or any comments as to whether Office is actually useable. I downloaded Windows 8 Pro, and installed on my Desktop, and Office does not exist, so I cannor review. I believe Office only comes Bundled on Windows RT, and not Windows 8. Which is all very confusing.

    Anyone know ? Anyone Tried using Office yet ?
    In the absence of review comment and demonstrations, I can only conclude it takes to back to a squiffy desktop mode Office, with its compressed Ribbons and Scroll bars, Cells selections which are unuseable on a Tablet ? - Or have Microsoft really 'Metrofied' Office for Tablet use.
    JulesVerny
    • Office is on the desktop

      The included Office RT comes as a desktop application. Apparently, there is a touch mode, but you'll want to use a keyboard and mouse to avoid any frustration. With the Surface, it is very important to pick up the Touch Cover keyboard if you plan to utilize the included Office RT. I haven't tried it yet, but there is information about it in just about every review I've read.
      kstap
    • Seems good.

      I've played with Word and Onenote so far (with the touch cover) and it seems just like the 'big' versions from what I see. If you're used to using Word on a smallish notebook this will seem exactly the same. Touch cover actually works better than I expected, after a brief getting used to the 'feel' you can type along at a pretty decent clip. You definitely want to turn on Touch Mode, but after that it's just Word.
      Curt-100
    • Ed Bott covered this a bit in July

      Here:
      http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-defends-desktop-while-moving-office-2013-to-the-cloud-7000000973/

      It's on the desktop, but you can enable a "touch mode" that spaces things out a little more to make it easier to target things
      Flydog57
    • My question as well

      Does Office 2013 in Windows RT have the full set of math functions? There were some comments about it not supporting macros. Is that going to be fixed in the next release?

      How well does this do with Power Point? Can it handle and edit photo files files (JPEG) from a camera? Some kind of photo editor is needed.

      What it boils down to is: Can I do useful work with this $700 gadget?
      larrybacker
      • Re: Is that going to be fixed in the next release?

        No it is not.
        ldo17
  • Mary Jo how is your experience at the store last night

    I saw you tweet pic and it seems you were totally excited. Who wouldn't be. I got two today like I mentioned last night. :) my wife and I are so excited.
    Ram U
  • Windows 8 apps

    Wow! The app store has nothing! I expected to see a lot more than this! What a Joke! Why would you release windows 8 with no good apps and the price on some of the junk ones Haha! I am done trying to take up for this company.
    imsimsj
  • Windows 8 - poor product launch

    Canada here.... disappointed, visited Best Buy this afternoon.

    All the major brands apparently decided to basically take existing hardware, and put Win 8 on it. It would have been nice to see several notebooks with touchscreens.

    The reaction to the UI was surprisingly positive on a PC/Desktop machine (although I dislike it), but considering it was designed with tablets in mind I would have expected several tablets for customers to play with at least. You know, build a mini "Microsoft World" at Best Buy to support the launch.

    Other than Microsoft's own Surface Tablet (which Microsoft gave themselves a monopoly headstart on), nothing is on the market for customers to at least play with. I'm sure I wasn't the only one to notice that after all the hype, there was nothing for consumers and many wandered over to the Apple section and played with iPads.

    Total and complete amateur hour.
    croberts
    • By the way, in-ep-ti-tude is apparently flagged as a "profanity"

      Are you kidding me? If ZDNET hosted in Saudi Arabia or something? What a joke.
      croberts
      • Re: By the way, in-ep-ti-tude is apparently flagged as a "profanity"

        It's blocking all words with "ti‌t" in them.
        ldo17
    • croberts

      Other than Microsoft's own Surface Tablet (which Microsoft gave themselves a monopoly headstart on), nothing is on the market for customers to at least play with.

      Unreal because I played with an Asus tablet last week, they just would'nt sell it to me yet. Maybe your telling us they're sold out allready???
      lbshultz
    • other stores

      I wouldn't suggest Best Buy at all right now. Go to a Microsoft store if you can. They have the Surface and a bunch of touch screen laptops running Windows 8 all on display to play with.
      jhnnybgood