Microsoft ships the Windows 8 operating system with a set of apps that provide core functionality such as reading news, opening emails or managing photos.
The company has added more apps with every major release of the operating system and it is now the case that about 20 different core apps are installed on the operating system on first start.
These applications are updated regularly just like other apps are which means that users need to install updates to use the latest version which may offer additional features, performance improvements or other new or improved features.
While that is usually only a matter of visiting Windows Store to download and install those updates, it may sometimes be not that easy.
There is for instance no direct way to download these updates to computers without Internet connection. And system administrators who need to distribute updates to several computer systems may also want to deploy them directly to avoid having to download them multiple times on each PC.
Download Windows apps manually
While there is no straightforward option to download the latest version of apps, there is a way as the Deskmodder blog has discovered.
Here is what needs to be done to download apps for Windows 8.x:
That's all there is to it. Note that the Knowledgebase page lists app versions for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 separately if offered for both versions of the operating system.
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