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Official Facebook and Flipboard apps coming to new-look Windows Store

Microsoft’s new look Windows Store will be graced by the presence of hit mobile apps Facebook and Flipboard, it has emerged.

The apps appeared on an as-yet-unannounced 8-inch Acer Windows 8 tablet, during a private briefing at the company’s Build conference in San Francisco.

Flipboard, the popular social magazine for iOS and Android, will be custom-built as a Metro-style app for Windows 8, according to a post on the company blog.

“Flipboard will be custom-made for this new platform, allowing Windows users to read, create and share magazines on virtually any topic imaginable,” the post read.

Facebook hasn’t yet commented on its official app for Windows 8, but it’ll definitely be a boost for Microsoft’s fledgling operating system and may encourage more big names to jump on board.

In a slightly less newsworthy addition for UK readers, the official NFL Fantasy League app is also being primed for the store, a joyous occasion for those whose weeks are centred around setting their line-ups and proposing trades.

During the unveiling of the Windows 8.1 update, Microsoft also demonstrated a cleaner, cleaner layout with larger screenshots for each application, while also bringing information on popular and trending apps from Bing.

Keeping your apps up to date in Windows 8.1 is also easier thanks to the new automatic update feature which can, of course, be turned off it a particular update doesn’t float your boat.

You can check out the video below for a brief look at Flipboard’s app and remember the preview version of Windows 8.1 is free to download for all Windows 8 users from today.