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Windows 8.1 update screenshot reveals Store apps in desktop taskbar

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Leaked screenshots of the next Windows 8.1 update show that Microsoft is working to return its OS to usability for those with a keyboard and mouse setup.

As featured on Russian website WZor, the screenshots show a Windows Store app icon present in the desktop taskbar. Previously you’d have to access this through the resurrected Start menu - or, of course, in its natural 'Metro' environment.

The ability to pin such Metro apps to the desktop taskbar is confirmed by looking at the open Taskbar and Navigation properties window that’s open above. This reveals a new checkable option to "Show Store apps on the task bar."

Of course, if those apps are just going to run in full screen anyway, it might be argued that there’s little point to this particular addition. Still, one step at a time, eh?

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In another move to restore Windows 8 to mouse-led usability, Windows blogger Paul Thurrot has revealed that Microsoft will add a close box to Metro apps. Like desktop apps, this will enable heavy mouse users to close applications in the default Windows 8 view with a simple click in place of the standard gesture or keyboard shortcuts.

Microsoft is rumoured to be planning more sweeping changes in a subsequent update code-named 'Threshold,' which some commentators are referring to as Windows 9. This will apparently add things like windowed Metro apps and a full Start Menu, but it’s not scheduled for release until April 2015.

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Keith

January 23, 2014, 12:30 pm

Too little too late, roll on windows 9 and let windows 8 join Vista as it so richly deserves......

Guest

January 23, 2014, 2:22 pm

I don't see there is a comparison of Vista to Windows 8. Vista was a broken OS in that large parts of it (certainly initially anyway) didn't work as they were supposed to. Windows 8 works very well, it's just that people don't like it. (Not sure why once you spend 10min to learn how to use it. Not saying it's a leap forward, but works just fine for me).

Hefox

January 23, 2014, 4:21 pm

No, it doesn't work fine. Believe me. We had some new HP laptops with Windows 8 and all the time for some reason Windows was crushing. We've tried to repair it, restore, etc but it didn't work. The only solution was to wipe it and reinstall it. After 3 times, I gave up of the idea of using Windows 8 and downgraded to 7 which was and still is working just fine.

Keith

January 23, 2014, 4:26 pm

Even Microsoft themselves admit it's been a flop, it wasn't designed with keyboard and mouse in mind, a completely ridiculous decision

Guest

January 23, 2014, 4:33 pm

I never said it wasn't a flop, just that it wasn't full of bugs like Vista. You can simply ignore all the Metro apps if you don't want to use them (which is what I do). So the only thing is the start screen, which works just fine with a keyboard/mouse. Wouldn't say I am a massive fan of it, but it accounts for about 0.001% of my usage of the PC, so who cares. Most of my programs are either pinned to the task bar or icons on my desktop anyway. I just don't get all the hysteria about it. Spend 5 minutes learning how Win8 works and it's trivially easy - even with a keyboard and mouse!

Name one thing that is hard to do in Win8 that is easy in Win7?

Prem Desai

January 23, 2014, 5:06 pm

I'm with Sel on this. I use both 7 and 8 without any issues.

I do not use the metro interface but go straight into desktop mode. I find windows 8 to be fast and reliable. Best of all, I did not need to upgrade my 6 year old PC. Nobody else offered this. Microsoft is still THE software company and can still knock out some decent code.

No, I don't have shares in Microsoft.

Win7>Win8

January 23, 2014, 7:17 pm

Shutdown?

Guest

January 24, 2014, 9:23 am

Right-Click on Start Button, select Shut Down. Or Press [Alt + F4] and choose Shutdown. Next?

Prem Desai

January 24, 2014, 9:29 am

To support your statement, you can also create a shortcut on the desktop and the metro interface.

Not sure why people harp on about the start menu. There are plenty of alternatives - some geeky, some intuitive.

I like windows 8.1

Guest

January 24, 2014, 1:15 pm

How many 1000's of HP Laptops do you think there are running Win8? - I don't recall seeing media reports "HP Laptops fail to run Win8". It would be huge news. But, you can't get it to work so it means Win8 is rubbish. Hmmmm. Next.

JohnConnorTM

January 25, 2014, 10:13 pm

Windows 8 is an amazing OS and just like you I dislike the metro style as I too use keyboard and mouse. But thats not a problem at all, for 5 $ I bought the Start8 Start Menu giving me all the pros from windows 7 and all the advantages of the windows 8.1 system that is even faster and even more robust than Windows 7. So I really do not understand what all the whining is about.

Irate Norseman

January 26, 2014, 3:38 pm

Just offer the opportunity to completely ditch the Modern UI and all the useless tablet-style Modern apps for anyone on a desktop or laptop so we never have to set eyes on that ill-considered, designed-by-committee rubbish ever again. I personally have never used any Modern app more than once or twice and have no desire to repeat the experience, plus I would pay good money not to ever see that useless and offensively stupid Start Screen again.

Irate Norseman

January 26, 2014, 3:38 pm

Windows 8 is super fast and super stable, it is just the hideous Modern UI and its itty-bitty "apps" that annoys everyone. Well, that and the Start Screen :(

JohnConnorTM

January 28, 2014, 1:54 pm

Well, downlaod Start8 and that problem goes away :) I did and I am very satisfied with both Windows 8 the 8.1 upgrade and Start8 which cost me 5 dollars.

Irate Norseman

January 28, 2014, 3:07 pm

I opted for Classic Shell, which worked A-OK but Start8 does look very appealing so I may give it a go - thanks!

JohnConnorTM

January 29, 2014, 10:56 pm

Your welcome :)

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