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Microsoft: Newsstand and iBooks equivalent apps for Windows 8.1 in the works

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Earlier today, Microsoft rolled out the Windows 8.1 update for Windows 8 users. On top of that, Microsoft took it to Reddit to allow users to ask them any questions. We’ve highlighted a few noteworthy tidbits from the Reddit AMA session below.

When asked if Microsoft would be pushing Windows updates on a yearly basis, Microsoft responded by saying, “Our goal is to continue to deliver updates on a regular basis to respond to customer feedback and improve and enrich the Windows experience.” Microsoft was also asked if Windows 8.1 would eventually see the Windows equivalent of the Newsstand and iBooks apps that are in Apple’s iOS platform. Microsoft responded by stating that this was “definitely on the radar” and “something we’re working on.”

For those that didn’t know, the Newsstand and iBooks apps are popular on the iOS platform. When Microsoft does bring these types of apps to Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8, consumers will have the ability to download and read books via a Microsoft Account with ease!

Microsoft was also asked about the possibility of unifying the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. We’ve heard about this a few times via rumors. Microsoft responded by offering a vague answer that indicated the company was indeed heading in that direction. “We working to make it as easy as possible for developers to build apps for both Windows phone and Windows – the platforms share core code, APIs and tools. We’ll keep making this better with a goal of more and more unification. No dates yet,” Microsoft stated.

When it comes to poor quality apps in the Windows Store, Microsoft stated that they are constantly improving the Store certification process to make it a “first-class experience.” According to Microsoft, there has been a ton of work with the back-end in Windows 8.1, which we will see over time. In the case of an app infringing on a trademark, the trademark owner needs to contact Microsoft.

You can head over to the VIA link below to read the entire Reddit AMA session.

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