SAN FRANCISCO-- With the “consumer preview” of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 beta due to emerge over the next couple of weeks, a list of pre-installed applications available for the software has emerged.
Though the list may not be long, Microsoft betas are known to typically maintain a high quality standard, with the Redmond, Wash.-based software firm not wanting to put its reputation at stake with testers.
The applications deemed ready for public consumption at a beta level therefore include email, messaging, calendar, camera, music, video, photos, people and SkyDrive –Microsoft’s cloud application which allows users to access their files from anywhere.
Microsoft said it would also make its virtual Windows Store part of the consumer preview, to showcase its strategy for moving forward into a more digital software distribution model.
The company is also said to be including several games in the consumer preview, including the popular Angry Birds application which has become almost ubiquitous on mobile devices.
The beta will be available in the second half of February.
Applications included in Microsoft’s beta may or may not end up in the full consumer version of Windows 8 OS.