New Leaked Screenshots Reveal Minimize, Close Button For Metro Apps In Windows 8.1 Update 1

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More screenshots of Windows 8.1 got leaked today and as previously rumored, there seems to be an option to enable minimize and close button for Metro apps. As you can see in the image below, there is a black bar on top of PC Settings page which has Close, Minimize and other Windows options buttons.

Another bad news for Metro UI lovers is that Microsoft is now booting straight to desktop instead of Start screen in an effort to please keyboard and mouse users. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft added an option to select boot to desktop as an option, but with the upcoming update, Microsoft is planning to make it by default.

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What do you think of these changes?
Source: WZOR

  • ner9y

    I don’t like those close and minimize buttons occupying screen space. Unnecessary.
    I hope there is an option to remove it. It was beautiful with 100% content.

    • 5Lk9m2Q7NR

      I guess and hope the thin bar only appear when mouse hits the top of screen.

      • Anderson Silva

        Well… it depends… what about when you are playing a game and the bar keeps on appearing?
        I prefer the way it is now….

      • ner9y

        Yes that should be the case. It should not appear when there is no mouse attached to the device.

  • JohnCz

    I’ll assume this will not be the default for tablet and 2in1 devices.

    • Emiliano Magliocca

      hope so

    • NGM123

      Agreed, and this is where I think MS got it wrong. W8 should have just been for mobile devices and over time take over the market, but they should have left the W7 UI for the power user market, and that’s what now appears to be happening, kudos MS

  • Clodderes

    It takes valuable screen space. Hope it’s not always there. For small screen device, it makes differences

  • MrXintax

    Well, I like the shutdown button included in the start screen.

    • Emiliano Magliocca

      they should add also a clock

      • cybersaurusrex

        Yes, on the clock!

        • NGM123

          Triple that

      • TheCyberKnight

        Windows-C and you have your clock. Or swipe the right hand side edge.

  • vmxr

    i dont like shutdown and search button near user name it looks ugly
    i prefer it the current way

    • Anderson Silva

      Me too…
      there will be an option to not show them?

  • auziez

    Honestly, i don’t know why this isn’t an option. For one, touch experience is focused on the start screen and mouse on desktop… so your never going to please either user by a default.
    On a second note, im confused as to where microsoft is going with this…. in the end they will obviously (or should) get rid of the desktop, but instead of making the start screen more friendly they are doing so to desktop

    • Mr Facts

      Well Microsoft has too many people to please. They are never going to win the battle of satisfaction. there’s always that one group that hates particular things so they have no choice to make an option for them. I love Windows 8.1 the way it is, and you can clearly tell these changes are for the people who are hard headed.

  • Willem Evenhuis

    1. Settings in the top left corner: logical. out of sight is out of mind. However, it will interfere with the swipe gesture on touch devices with the multitask window on the left side. So it will be bad for all windows 8 touchscreen devices and the surface.
    2. Turn off computer in the top right: logical as this would be a quick one step acton compared to the previous three step action via the charms bar. However the metro UI will lose its flair of a clean minimalistic design. The placing of the off button in not logical to be put in the top right. It should be hidden in de lower right, either in the contextual app bar at the bottom or put more front and center in the charms bar. Will probably be better for mouse and keyboard devices, but bad for touchscreen devices and the surface.
    3. search key at the top right: Totally not necessary, both for mouse and keyboard and touchscreen devices. No logic there. We have the charms bar for search that can be opened with a keyboard with windows+ c.
    4. I can understand from the keyboard and mouse point of view that the desktop will be the default startscreen. However, microsoft built the surface and others companies also built tablets and laptops with touchscreens. The option should stil be there to use the modern UI screen as the startscreen. This is a stab in the back to the designers and, in my opinion, the reason it was worth upgrading to windows 8. If not they have ruined the surface by taking this step. I then see no difference between windows 8 and windows 7. I am thinking of not advicing windows 8 for business or friends, because I see no added value. To me the value of windows 8 lies in the greater simplicity of the modern UI. For sake of familiarity of use there is virtually littel difference between windows 7 and 8 in my experience.
    In short I think that for business and mainstream users the UI could make more sense, but I think more thought can be put into the layout of the changes and also some thought put in options for manual settings for changing these design an UI elements for current windows 8 users, especially for touch screen devices. For me I am very hesitant to accept this update in its current form. I’m thinking of sticking with 8.1 as the last logical update. From here on it feels a lot like vista.

    • 5Lk9m2Q7NR

      1. Guess this bar appears only when you use mouse.
      2. Most people don’t like current minimalistic design. Most complaint is no CLOCK. System is for comfortable use rather than watch. When it saves you 3 steps, I wouldn’t complain at all.
      3. same argument as 2. above. It saves steps.
      4. I hope this rumor is not true.

      • DaFoo

        There is a clock. Swipe from the right.


    I guess, it would be better if the title bar background color automatically adapts to background of app. Instead of having black color. It will defeat the purpose of metro apps being full screen. Similar implementation is there in avast desktop app. Its better to fuse title bar into metro apps.
    Secondly right click menus, must follow windows 8 style which is more touch friendly, rather than Vista/7 style.

  • viipottaja

    The name “This PC” is so stupid – what/where are all the other apps etc. on the screen? On my neighbors PC? 😀

  • NGM123

    I think its the right option, W8 is a massive change from W7, it needed to be evolution and not revolution as its turned out to be.
    W8 is gorgeous on a touch UI but an abomination with keyboard and mouse, good on them for having the balls to change. Boot to metro on touch UIs, on PC boot to metro with an option for W8 IF U want it, perfect.
    As the touch UIs come to prominence, so will W8, smart move MS, U can’t afford to burn the fortress down that is the power user in corporate land.

  • Reitzel

    The black bar is so damn ugly. I hope this is just a rumor.
    And the boot to desktop by default, is a huge stepback for the whole idea of metro start screen. I really cant understand why people hate the metro start screen. I have loved it since the first rumors of windows 8

  • Vad

    _MODERN UI_!!! not metro. Idiots

    • paddle008

      Microsoft dropped the term “Modern UI” a while ago, so it makes more sense to call it Metro.

  • TheCyberKnight

    Adding a close button to Modern apps is a mistake (unless this is present only when displayed on within the desktop mode).

  • jvs

    WTH? What happen with the Modern UI design guidelines?