Windows 8 and 8.1 Microsoft Store app package updates available for download

Applies to: Windows 8 EnterpriseWindows 8Windows 8 Pro


This article outlines the release cycle for administrators to update the Microsoft Store apps installed by default on Windows 8 or Windows 8.1-based computers. 

More Information

When you are connected to the Internet, Windows 8 and 8.1 clients obtain updates to Microsoft Store apps directly from the Microsoft Store app (visible on the Windows Start screen). 

To update these Microsoft Store apps on computers that cannot connect to the Microsoft Store site by using the Internet, Microsoft has a collection of downloadable updates available on the Windows Update Catalog. These updates can be distributed by using System Center, WSUS and third-party equivalents, or slipstreamed into the operating system image that is used by your organization. 

The intent of this process is not to bypass the Microsoft Store, but to enable computers that cannot connect to the Microsoft Store to update Microsoft Store apps on a recurring basis. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Microsoft Store apps will be serviced through this channel? 

Microsoft is releasing packages for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Microsoft Store apps that are listed in the release chart at the end of this article.

Will non-inbox Microsoft Microsoft Store app updates such as OneNote be released?

No. We are currently targeting the Microsoft Store apps that are distributed by default with Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 editions.

Can third-party Microsoft Store apps be updated by using this process?

No. The developer of the third-party app can make available the package, and it can then be sideloaded similar to line-of-business apps.

Will Microsoft continue to release updates?

Yes. Microsoft will update the inbox packages for Windows 8.1 for customers based on need. Please contact Microsoft support to request one or more packages be updated.

How do I get the updates?

These packages will be available through WSUS and the Windows Update Catalog.

Which languages are available?

The packages include all the languages currently supported through the Microsoft Store.

Which editions of Windows are supported?

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 x86 and x64 editions are supported. Windows 8 RT and Windows 8.1 RT are not supported

Can I install these updates on Industry (Embedded) editions?

No, Industry editions are not licensed for these applications and therefore updates to these applications are not supported. If you have a need for Microsoft Store apps for Industry editions, please contact your account manager or open a support ticket for your request to be evaluated.

How do I create an image that includes these apps?

We recommend installing the app updates as part of your post operating system deployment updates through WSUS. However, if you need an automated process, you can extract each .cab file to its respective MSI. Then, you can script the installation or deploy by using traditional application deployment technologies.

Ive already deployed Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 images, removing the inbox apps. Can I use this to reinstall them?

No. This process is only designed to update apps already installed on the system. If you are able to enable temporary access to the Microsoft Store, you can install the apps again and then maintain them by using this process. Or, you will need to deploy a new image that contains the apps.

Can the packages be installed offline?

No. You cannot use dism.exe to install the updates offline. They must be installed through the .MSI installer to a running operating system.

When are the packages going to be shipped?

What follows is the release schedule for each Microsoft Store app:
Microsoft Store AppOperating SystemRelease DateVersionKB Number
AlarmsWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2013.1204.852.30112962197
BING FinanceWindows 824-Jun-14
BING FinanceWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.326.2159.43822962186
BING Food and DrinkWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.326.2200.41752962199
BING Health and FitnessWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.326.2201.37732962187
BING MapsWindows 824-Jun-14 1.6.1821.26242962180
BING MapsWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.130.2132.11892962192
BING NewsWindows 824-Jun-14
BING NewsWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.326.2203.26272962188
BING SearchWindows 824-Jun-14
BING SportsWindows 824-Jun-14
BING SportsWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.326.2204.25982962189
BING TravelWindows 824-Jun-14
BING TravelWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.326.2205.59132962190
BING WeatherWindows 824-Jun-14
BING WeatherWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.326.2207.2112962191
CalculatorWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2013.1007.1950.29602962196
CameraWindows 824-Jun-14 6.2.9200.205232962156
Communications Apps
(People, Mail, Calendar)
Windows 813-May-1417.0.1119.5162938459
Communications Apps
(People, Mail, Calendar)
Windows 8.124-Jun-14 2014.219.1943.37212962182
Help and TipsWindows 8.124-Jun-14 2014.331.1818.16642962194
PhotosWindows 824-Jun-14 16.4.4396.3112962168
ReaderWindows 824-Jun-14 6.2.9200.207802962181
ReaderWindows 8.124-Jun-14 2014.312.322.15102962193
Reading ListWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2013.1218.27.7572962195
ScanWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2013.1007.2015.38342962200
SkypeWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.402.1024.41062962201
Sound RecorderWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2013.1010.500.29282962198
XBOX GamesWindows 824-Jun-14
XBOX GamesWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2013.1011.10.59652962183
XBOX MusicWindows 824-Jun-14
XBOX MusicWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.321.1036.11672962184
XBOX VideoWindows 824-Jun-14 1.5.802.02962163
XBOX VideoWindows 8.18-Jul-14 2014.326.530.53032962185