Microsoft recently confirmed that it would be updating many of the built-in apps in Windows 8 between the release to manufacturing (RTM) of the OS and its general availability on October 26. Here’s a peek at the changes the firm just made to its Maps app.

I wrote about this app updating confirmation inWindows 8: Updates Coming to Built-In Appsafter having been speaking about (on podcasts) and writing (here and inWindows 8 Secrets) for months about Microsoft’s plans to do just this.

Updated app bar with new features

Comparing the RTM version of Maps (build 136) with the newly released version (build 222) and some changes are immediately apparent. The new version includes many more buttons on its app bar, providing quick access to new features like Add a pin and find. And many of the buttons have been updated with new designs.