New Information Emerges On Skydrive, Apps, Windows Store in Windows 8.1 (Screenshots)

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MyDigitalLife forum member FaiKee has posted a great thread full of lots of Windows 8.1 information.  He detailed some information regarding how the integrated Skydrive will work in Windows 8.1, changes to uninstalling apps, and changes to the Windows Store.

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SkyDrive does not automatically sync all your SkyDrive files to the PC. Instead it downloads placeholder files for all of your files on SkyDrive. Placeholder files are shown in the app and in the SkyDrive folder in File Explorer. These small files look like the full file, and have thumbnails and metadata, but they take a tiny fraction of the disk space of the full file. When you open a placeholder, the SkyDrive engine downloads the full file in the background. When you open a file this way, SkyDrive also marks the file as Available offline, so that the files you use will be kept in sync on this PC. Only files marked “Available offline” in details view will be available when your PC is offline.

Note: By default, placeholder files will be downloaded even on metered networks. You can change this in the PC Settings, SkyDrive, Files interface.

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If you uninstall an app, you can now choose if it is removed from all PCs or only this PC, as shown below.

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The image above shows the new options in the app bar.

Windows Store The Windows Store app has been updated in Windows 8.1 Preview. This includes the following changes:

  • You must sign in to the PC with a Microsoft Account to use the Store. There is not a sign-in option when you open the Store as a local account user.
  • If you are on a local account, you will be guided to change your Windows sign-in to a connected account.
  • If you are signed-in with a Microsoft Account, you can still use the Change user option on the account page to view the Store as a different user.
  • The app bar has more options. See the image above.
  • Windows Store apps are updated automatically. This does not happen while connected to a metered network.
  • Apps can do more on Windows 8.1 Preview. This means some apps will be offered only to this version of Windows:
  • Apps designed for Windows 8 work on Windows 8.1 Preview.
    • Apps designed specifically for Windows 8.1 Preview will not be offered for installation on Windows 8. These apps work only on Windows 8.1 Preview.

Source: MyDigitalLife



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  • Il Baffo

    “You must sign in to the PC with a Microsoft Account to use the Store. There is not a sign-in option when you open the Store as a local account user”

    this is going to start another war

    • Sharkit

      I thought this was just for the preview, and not for 8.1 proper.

    • Emily the Strange

      ehmm… its a PREVIEW, and they are forcing you to test alot of features.
      this preview is NOT for everyone, stop being ignorant. there is always a way to Access store no matter if you are in a Microsoft account or not. why would it change? but if you are going to be testing a beta, do it properly, testing new features like synching and new store and all that, if you dont like it, dont test it.
      anyway you have to reinstall almost everything if you want to go from preview to rtm, so yeah, not for everyone.

    • Rob Holden

      do you sign in to an android device with a google account? I don’t really see the difference.
      And for someone on a desktop their argument is that they don’t want to see Metro at all, so they won’t care about the store…

      • Shawn

        The difference: I have 3 Windows 8 machines – desktop at home, surface for portable, and a work desktop. The work desktop is signed in by necessity as a domain account and CANNOT be a Microsoft account. The other two are signed in as a MS account. All three now have access to all my apps and I disabled syncing for the work desktop. Like said previously, I doubt this restriction will remain in the full version as it would break all domain accounts.

        • Hubo

          You can connect your domain account with your Microsoft account. I use it like that at work…

          • Il Baffo

            That was exactly my point of view.
            I don’t want to risk that my personal data can be accessible from the work pc.

    • David

      Funny. I had to register an apple id to download a free app from the app store on OS X.

      Even funnier, Apple forces you to enter a freaking credit card number to even let you do that much!

      In the end you waste lots of time hunting down some workaround where you find a free itunes coupon code for some free christian freaking music which then gives you some forgotten data entry screen where apple did not yet remove the “none” option for payment details and you can “confirm” your apple id for downloads.

      Don’t start on forcing you to log in with your apple id to see WWDC videos (//BUILD/ videos will be free for all), where the content requires freaking safari on freaking OS X (//BUILD/ videos work on my Linux browser as well).

      So anyone starting a “war”, tell em to shove it :)

  • Dome

    I hope will be an option for apps automatically update.

    • Ryan T

      Says so in the article: “Windows Store apps are updated automatically. This does not happen while connected to a metered network.”

  • cybersaurusrex

    I like that they’re adding more functionality to the Metro apps. The new store is a step in the right direction.