Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Mar 2013 16:31 UTC
Windows Paul Thurrot: "Tipped off by a reader, I checked my System log in Event Viewer today and what did I find but a stack of pending updates for all of the core apps in Windows 8. I'm not 100 percent sure this is what I think it is. But if we're right, it looks like 18 of the core apps in Windows 8 are about to get updated. Or, almost all of them." Foley confirms it. By far Windows 8's weakest link, so I'm hoping this is true. Especially the Mail application is dreadful.
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by dragossh on Sun 24th Mar 2013 12:17 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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This is the advantages of the new Windows Store application model -- apps can be updated independently of the OS out of band.

This is in no way dependent on having a central repository. See Windows Live Essentials, which in theory at least could be updated at any time, out of band with the OS, or IE9, or .NET (not an app, but still part of the OS). The only advantage of the Store is that you don't litter your system with dozens of updaters, but even that could be avoided without the need of a Store by using an updater to which apps can register. They could name it Windows Update.

In addition, Windows 8 apps like Mail support protocol activation and URI schemes which means another third party app can just be dropped in to replace it.

This is in no way dependent on the Store or unique to Windows 8 either. Windows supported custom URI schemes for like forever.

Edited 2013-03-24 12:18 UTC

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