Windows 8.1 2014 Update Leaked Screenshots Reveals A New Feature, You Can Now Pin Windows Store Apps To Taskbar

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Yesterday, we reported about a new rumor that Windows 9 is coming in October this year as opposed to the previous reports that claimed Windows 9 is coming only in April 2015. Windows 9 will include some major fixes to the Metro design language and also some improvements to better integrate desktop and metro apps. Today, WZor posted screenshots of early Windows 8.1 2014 Update builds. It revealed one noticeable feature that many were complaining about, you can now pin Windows Store apps to taskbar. If you are among the millions of people who spend most of the time on classic desktop screen and rely on couple of Metro apps, this is a great feature. As you can see in the screenshot below, Windows Store app is pinned to the taskbar.

Windows 8.1 2014 Update leaked build no. is 6.3.9600.16596.WINBLUES14_GDR_LEAN.140114-0237.

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via: WZOR

  • counterblow

    The luddites have won…

    • cybersaurusrex

      Common sense has won.

      Think about this. Say that one of those billion Windows users working on the desktop are working in Word… but want to check the weather, or stock quotes from a Metro app. If it’s pinned to the Task Bar, with a simple right-click & a Metro-style “jump list,” we can now quickly check the weather, or stock quotes, or whatever from a Metro app… without ever leaving the desktop or Word.

      Suddenly, Metro apps are USEFUL to those BILLION+ people using the desktop!

      THIS is what Windows 8 should’ve been from the beginning–a truly hybrid OS that combines the best of the desktop and mobile… instead of making them enemies. I’m REALLY glad to see this!

      • Gazlar

        But what’s wrong with pressing the windows key and being able to check weather, news, stocks in one go via the live tiles on the start screen? “oh but you then leave word and the desktop” so? if you are checking the weather by right clicking then you are not using word for that point in time and its not as if word and the desktop are going to have a party while you are on the start screen. A simple press of the windows key and your back again.

        Its nice to put the icons there as short cuts to get you to the apps without going through the Start Screen but your right click idea sounds pointless when its faster to push the windows key and you can check more.

        • counterblow

          Just get Office migrated over to MetroUI, problem solved.

      • Nham Thien Duong

        I completely agree, we can pin Desktop applications/programmes to the Start-Screen, and soon we’ll be able to do the opposite, this is a gain, it’s more options, nothing is lost and everything is gained.

      • Avatar Roku

        That is not what this shows. When you click on the app in the taskbar it takes you into the full screen metro app. Also doesn’t show that you can launch Metro apps from the taskbar. You still have to go to the start screen to launch apps.

  • cybersaurusrex

    This is GREAT news!

  • mati

    If they will not change these ugly desktop icon from windows 98 I will kill myself xD

    • frankwick

      You won’t see it in Win 8.1.1 but you will see new icons in Win9.

    • Nham Thien Duong

      Personally I love those desktop icons, people always claim that ”Apple is more artistic”, but they just have really really simple plain icons, Microsoft has very beautiful detailed icons, if you look at the Windows (Live) Essentials’ icons you’ll notice that there was put more artistic power into it than ANY Apple product, Microsoft has ”the REAL artists”, and this should be applauded, Metro’s simplicity isn’t half as beautiful as the last wave (4) of WInodws Live, but I’ll have to admit that the execution between Windows Desktop and the Windows Phone G.U.I. is really superb, I hope both will continue to exist side-by-side and not that one will replace the other.

    • BeefNeeg

      Getting caught in the gears of a combine… That’s the way I want to go.

  • Dome

    Great news but maybe Desktop Users need even more Metro on desktop. I think should be great to have apps not in full screen but on windows inside the desktop.
    And more business users need the Start menu… or a new one..

    • Bugbog

      You can already tab a Metro app in desktop mode.

  • frankwick

    This is step 1 of the metro experience on the desktop and this is just an update to a point release. Good job Microsoft for listening to your business customers! Can’t wait to see what Win9 will bring.

  • BeefNeeg

    Or you could spend $5 on ModernMix, and have this yesterday.

  • Avatar Roku

    Doesn’t show that you can pin the apps. All it shows is that apps appear on the taskbar when running which will bring people back into Metro more often.