New Windows 8.1 Update 1 Screenshots Reveal Jumplists And Media Controls Support For Modern Apps In Taskbar

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Windows 8.1 Jumplists

New features in Windows 8.1 Update 1 is getting revealed every other day. We previously reported that Windows 8.1 Update 1 allows you to pin your Windows Store apps to the taskbar. Apart from that, the pinned Windows Store apps in taskbar also supports thumbnail previews. Today, McAkins revealed that pinning supported modern apps to task bar allows you to enjoy Jump lists and media controls features as well. For example, you can now access recently accessed documents in modern Adobe Reader app or recently saved URLs from Reading lists app with a right click on taskbar. See the screenshot above. Another cool feature is the support for media control in the taskbar for Windows Store apps that has media playing capabilities. Check out the screenshot below. You can play, pause, rewind, forward, etc,.

Windows 8.1 Taskbar Media Controls

Source: McAkins



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  • http://osoalex.com/ Alejandro Machado R.

    My Windows 8.1 Update 2 wish is that they revamp the whole icon pack to fit modern design language. Just as Office 2013.

    And for this one, to remove the folders from the This PC view.

    • http://yourig.livejournal.com/ ZloiYuri

      The main reason why I always abusing Windows 8 – is the mix of Metro UI and Win95 icons. With professional designer we calculated how many time it can take to redraw icons. Two designers can do it in curves approx. 15 icons per working day. If we will suppose 1000 icons to redraw it will take 3.5 months. So, plus recompile apps to include new icons or release icon pack to replace. But… Win8 is 1.5 years old and? Nadella need to pay attention to such weird things in his company. Otherwise win8 really forever will be a strange semidesigned and vista-level-accepted os.

      • tofferne

        Yes you are right, they need to understand these things and speed up everything, after 10 years sleeping – computer, tablet and phones need this speed if the want to jump up in front. And next is to understand sale places is absolutely minimum, they need to develop the sales organization, they are missing a lot of sale every day – every little shop need to have the products and know them, now everything is 95 % other products – extremely bad situation for Microsoft and Nokia, because they only believe in few big partners, like always, and this period are finished, we write 2014 on the calendar. I´m sure they suffer a lot from the old time guy – Bill Gates, it´s great to take him away from the management. Anyway we look forward to the update and the next and the next, but let it go a little bit quick :)

        • JimminyCricket

          At the same time, they can’t send constant OS-level updates as many users don’t like that. Update 2 will probably address the icons, or possibly even Update 1, as those are just minor aesthetics that can be fixed last minute. Who knows! :)

      • http://osoalex.com/ Alejandro Machado R.

        I think design matters as it needs to be an overhaul to give a full, coherent and refreshed look to Windows.

        An Office 2013 matching File Explorer with tabs would be another good addition.

    • Emi the Strange

      well I have siad it before, a simple deviantart search can give you flat icons people have done for practically any OS. you can use them in Windows.
      there are priorities Microsoft has to address first and knowing how open Windows is, and how you can change practically any icon without required 3rd party apps, then why are you waiting on Microsoft to do that if you can do it and be happy?
      it would be nice if Microsoft changed some icons, but they wont, not in win8, because some people will complain and get lost, so, those changes should be in Windows 9.
      the funny thing, it seems you dont want faster Access to folders… you complain about the icons, you dont change them yourself and you complain about folders you can easily hide. I dont know how you use a computer, or what you expect from “this PC” but I expect it to give me fast my files, not a pointless thing

      • http://osoalex.com/ Alejandro Machado R.

        I don’t really use the predefined folders, I use a secondary partition for my files, I think Libraries would be a better and faster access to files, whenever they are.

        Regarding the icons, I think the homogeneity of the design languages should be coherent to not make the user think that there are two operating systems (metro and desktop) in Windows 8.

        I don’t like to complain for useless stuff, but design matters.

  • Willem Evenhuis

    looks more and more that the goal of windows 8.1 update one is to become windows 7.

    • Emi the Strange

      ehmm really thats what you think?
      Im sorry but the point of update 1, its to give win8 App more freedom and features that “desktop” apps already had, is that so wrong for you? it would make some developer consider using Win8 store since they can already have a desktop and Tablet experience without compromise or thinking desktop users wont use it, for things like this, like jump lists.
      so this is not to become win7, if that was the case, start screen was removed. its just to give win8 store apps more power… people always complain how basic and stupid these apps are for tablets and desktop is better blabla, but if now you can have the same experience win32 apps already had like buttons in taskbar, jump lists and switch normally like other apps, it can surely help store to be taken into account more and more.

    • JimminyCricket

      No, it’s the to give Metro apps the full functionality of the desktop apps. Commenters have this idea that Metro apps are very limiting, and they also don’t like the switching between Metro and Desktop apps… this resolves it as they work one with each other now seamlessly. It’s great :D

      • bricko

        Uh…and why would one get the idea that the Metro apps are limited….? perhaps because the suck when compared to full featured desktop apps….and ARE limited.

  • tomakali

    This is cool…

    • Emi the Strange

      that looks silly and messy and ugly, im sorry but thats not the point of these Windows 8 updates or Windows 9.
      but you can make appear the taskbar all the time apparently, even over startscreen, if you want, so that could make the work. but having live tiles in desktop sounds… horrible, and then, why would be the point of start screen?
      again this update is leting you keep using taskbar while being on start screen, and thats better, not adding the live tiles everywhere like desktop.

    • JimminyCricket

      Ugh, no. That’s a mess.

  • JimminyCricket

    Awesome!!! I was worried they were going to due away with jump lists… but now that Metro apps support it, they can support anything :D I hope they add Jump Lists for when a user right clicks on an app tile as well. That would be awesome!

    Btw – is that YouTube app I see????

  • mrdoubleb78

    Yeah. All these updates to Win8 that try and make it feel more like Win7 are a huge mistake. It’s like you build this fancy, upscale restaurant, but because the locals are too barbaric, you give in and start to offer pizzas, burgers and hot dogs on the menu, remove all the silverware so people eat with their hands, buy a jukebox and start serving bier at the counter.
    They should have gone exactly the opposite way: “metrofy” everything that’s still on the old interface, and move old style x86 apps to the Metro UI too, by having them pop up in virtual desktops windows running in the background. Get rid of the desktop already!

  • mrdoubleb78

    Yeah. All these updates to Win8 that try and make it feel more like Win7 are a huge mistake. It’s like you build this fancy, upscale restaurant, but because the locals are too barbaric, you give in and start to offer pizzas, burgers and hot dogs on the menu, remove all the silverware so people eat with their hands, buy a jukebox and start serving bier at the counter.
    They should have gone exactly the opposite way: “metrofy” everything that’s still on the old interface, and move old style x86 apps to the Metro UI too, by having them pop up in virtual desktops windows running in the background. Get rid of the desktop already!

  • anidexlu

    This is so cool! Love. Hope it works with Xbox Music!