More Windows 8.1 Update 1 features revealed, including jumplists for Modern apps

Some adventurous PC users have installed and used the latest leaked build of Windows 8.1 Update 1 and have found even more features that will make accessing Microsoft's latest OS easier for people who use a keyboard and mouse. The folks at McAkins Online are some of those brave souls and have reported on a number of small, but still important, new feature that will be part of Update 1.

One of those new features is the addition of jumplists for Modern-style Windows 8 apps. Jumplists were introduced for desktop apps in Windows 7; when pinned to the taskbar, the apps can reveal specific features and items in a list by right-clicking on the icon. Modern apps have already been shown as being able to be placed on the taskbar with Update 1 and now they can also support jumplists, such as the above screenshot which shows the Microsoft Reader program.

Another small but helpful feature is that Modern media apps such as Xbox Music, which placed in the taskbar, can pop up a media control when the cursor is hovering over the icon. This will allow for quick access to fiuctions such as play, pause and rewind when the app is running in the background.

The article also says that moving the mouse down to the bottom of the screen while a Modern app is in full operation brings up the taskbar. That means that part of the desktop UI will be available even when Windows 8.1 is running in full Modern UI mode. Finally, Update 1 renames SkyDrive to OneDrive, which has also been confirmed by Winsupersite.

Microsoft has still not officially said anything about Windows 8.1 Update 1, but it is believed that it will be released to the public sometime in April.

Source: McAkins Online | Image via McAkins Online

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My bad, I now realize you are referring to this Spring Update, I read that it will be offered thru WU. FINALLY! GREAT NEWS!!!

And now the 64 Million dollar question...........
Will you STILL need a MS account to apply this update? Or will they finally release this as an .iso or .exe file that can just be installed right over Win 8 / 8.1 ?

What? Are you sure? What do you have to do to enable it. Because its not there on any of the machines I check on....

Jumplists for Modern applications is an heresy.

Why in the world would touch-first applications have a feature solely designed for desktop mode and that cannot be used in Modern mode? This decision is close to be idiotic.

I totally adhere to better respect and features of desktop users in Windows 8. Meanwhile, bastardazing the Modern mode at the same time is beyond stupid.

It's called choice. If you are not using a keyboard and mouse, most of these changes will not be visible to you.

Most of the confusion and frustration Windows 8 caused PC users was because the modern environment behaved differently. Creating more cohesion between the touch and non-touch environments when using a mouse and keyboard may get desktop users to actually try using Metro apps: this can only be a good thing.

At this point, no matter what Microsoft does, there will be some who will criticize, whether Metro purists or desktop purists. My advice, just enjoy those things that work for you and don't worry about the features that are there to please others.

Edited by Silversee, Feb 9 2014, 10:02pm :

I'm sorry but, if the Jumplists feature is not available to the touch-first UX, this is not a feature added for the sake of choice. It would be rather a totally silly decision with a total lack of coherence.

I reserved my final judgment for the release, hoping, like someone suggested below, that the feature will be available to the Modern UX, although I think the Jumplists is a seldom used and partly undiscoverable feature.

With the new Start button and now pinning Metro apps to the taskbar, Windows 8 is screaming for the system icons to be Metroified.

Wow... MS is really disillusional. They still did not get memo from masses that people don't want Metro on PC and they don't need desktop on tablet. What a hard concept for them to understand. Apple were right on couple of days back interview that each device is different.

MS has been back peddling and they are trying to do it sneakily just doing little backtrack to see the reaction of public. Their much touted start button failed, now they are making this optional to boot in to start screen. Now backtrack more and bring back win 7 style start menu back and leave this option of running metro on Desktop as optional for kids who like it.

I'm ok with this update overall. The only thing that bugs me is what they're going to do with the metro task switcher? It's redundant on Desktops now.

Right... What if I have taskbar on the top? (it's been my workflow for almost 20 years...) Guess I'll still have to move the cursor to the bottom?

agtsmith said,
Right... What if I have taskbar on the top? (it's been my workflow for almost 20 years...) Guess I'll still have to move the cursor to the bottom?

Probably, this doesn't look like it cares where your taskbar is on the desktop but I could be wrong. I always kept it at the bottom, either way this whole taskbar integration seems to me to be just a stopgap. We know a new menu of some sort and windowed metro apps are coming later, so at that point this issue isn't a problem anymore.

As far as the taskbar itself, we'll have to wait and see what they do with it, I think it's time they redesigned it to better work with both metro and desktop.

Not necessarily just a stopgap. If there will be a way of running "modern" apps in desktop windows, it doesn't mean you won't still also be able to run them in full or split-screen "immersive" windows. Look at Mac OS X, it has a standard fullscreen mode with app-switching gestures and animations patterned after iOS, and anecdotally half the MacBookers I see in coffeeshops seem to run everything fullscreen and switch with gestures.

agtsmith said,
Right... What if I have taskbar on the top? (it's been my workflow for almost 20 years...) Guess I'll still have to move the cursor to the bottom?

I've always had the taskbar on the top too.

I'm surprised no one realizes just how much of a UI disaster this update is going to be. It's like no thought has been put into some features.

Microsoft is not a shareware company, but all of the sudden, in this update they sure look like one. What the hell happened in Redmond?

agtsmith said,
Right... What if I have taskbar on the top? (it's been my workflow for almost 20 years...) Guess I'll still have to move the cursor to the bottom?

I have tested this. If your taskbar is at the top, it will remain at the top in metro apps as well. If it is at the top, you have to move your mouse to the top of the screen. If it is on the sight, move your mouse on the side of the screen

This is excellent news... I almost thought they were doing away with Jump Lists, but this is excellent! I hope they add Jump List actions to the right click menus on live tiles too!

So what was touted as "new features" in Windows 7, they're now re-adding again for Windows 8.1 ...

Actually, I was rather hoping to see jump lists. I was rather disappointed they didn't re-implement that for Metro apps in Windows 8. So... yay.

Jump lists were already there in Windows 8 (same as 7) for the DESKTOP. This brings it to the Metro apps too.

Yeah, I realized after posting that comment that I may have made it sound like jump lists were just up and removed altogether... lol.

"The folks at McAkins Online are some of those brave souls"

2014: Virtual Machines, VirtualBox, VMware Player, VMware Player.

Mr. Dee said,
"The folks at McAkins Online are some of those brave souls"

2014: Virtual Machines, VirtualBox, VMware Player, VMware Player.

I actually installed it on my primary machine. Physical hatdrdware. You need to use it daily to discover these feature.

Personally, I love the substantive changes they're making. They just need to "Metro-fy" some things a little (like icons, menus, etc.). But, otherwise, I like very much.

Me too. It should be an easy change since they are just aesthetics, but I'm glad they're focusing more on these key features I love jump lists!

Wonder if Jumplists are present on the Startscreen now? No jumplists for Desktop apps on the SS is my major gripe with Windows 8.

I love how Microsoft has a true vision for their platform, they are steadfast in the way they keep to their plans and course. I respect that and trust them with our computing platform future. They obviously know what they are doing and have great plans, we just need to keep trusting them.

Edited by derekaw, Feb 9 2014, 3:57am :

and the taskbar will pop up whenever you hover your mouse at the bottom of every metro apps (including Start screen). I don't know if that's just me, but it's kinda poorly executed and looks awful...

Trong Kien said,
and the taskbar will pop up whenever you hover your mouse at the bottom of every metro apps (including Start screen). I don't know if that's just me, but it's kinda poorly executed and looks awful...

I don't like the fact that it's displayed on the start screen at all. Whenever I try to scroll it keeps popping up and sometimes I mistakenly rearrange the icons on the taskbar. Needs tweaking, hope we get an option to turn it off or something. I've always loved Windows 8/8.1 and welcome the improvements in this new update.

stefanorickeets said,

I don't like the fact that it's displayed on the start screen at all. Whenever I try to scroll it keeps popping up and sometimes I mistakenly rearrange the icons on the taskbar. Needs tweaking, hope we get an option to turn it off or something. I've always loved Windows 8/8.1 and welcome the improvements in this new update.

I dont like the fact that the taskbar is transparent and autohides when I'm in an app either. I hope they resize and render the apps above the taskbar in the final release, like the regular desktop software do.

Fritzly said,
Just remove the store icon from the taskbar; it should disable the taskbar in Metro apps.

I hope so, as it is implemented in those leaks we have seen, I'd rather not use the Task bar in Modern apps. I never felt the need anyway. Using Modern is really easy.

Dot Matrix said,

Has this been tested?


Well, I do not have the update installed on any of my systems but I played with the one of a friend of mine, which has no Touch capabilities, and if you, while on the Desktop, right click the Taskbar, click Properties and uncheck "Show Windows Store apps on the taskbar" it does no longer appears while using Metro apps. Also keep in mind that we do not know if the leaked build will be the RTM one therefore further refinements or change are still possible.

My question is... will the jump list for, say, the weather app... actually show current weather conditions? That would be cool. Same goes for stock quotes for the Financial app... and sports scores for the ESPN app, etc.

This is what Windows 8 should've been from the start.

cybersaurusrex said,
My question is... will the jump list for, say, the weather app... actually show current weather conditions? That would be cool. Same goes for stock quotes for the Financial app... and sports scores for the ESPN app, etc.

This is what Windows 8 should've been from the start.

For the travel and weather apps it would probably integrate locations and finance, would have links to a company name or something.

cybersaurusrex said,
My question is... will the jump list for, say, the weather app... actually show current weather conditions? That would be cool. Same goes for stock quotes for the Financial app... and sports scores for the ESPN app, etc.

This is what Windows 8 should've been from the start.

These jump lists will most likely act the same way they did in Windows 7: displaying a list of recently accessed/used locations and/or frequently-accessed/used locations, and then a "tasks" part which would have some tasks the user can have the program do. And the jump list wouldn't change without user interaction.

So... I don't see that happening, personally, unless Microsoft re-invents how jump lists can be used in this update.

wow
such update
many features
much waiting
seriously, Windows 8.1 update 1 is a confusing name, they should call it windows 8.2 when it released

It's safe to say "Windows 8.1 Update 1" will have a very short lifespan since it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue and will be difficult to explain to users (namely, computer noobs). Will this be the last OS release (short of monthly patches) before Windows 9?

They really need to come up with something better than the taskbar. The taskbar floating on top of full screen modern apps looks so dumb.

They don't have to keep the task switcher they came up with for 8.0, but to combine the two at the same time is just a sloppy confusing mess. Come up with a unified task switcher that can manage the whole OS and works well with mouse or finger (without a lot of fussing manual setup). It is not as hard as it sounds. It's been 20 years, it's time to evolve your software.

Avatar Roku said,
They really need to come up with something better than the taskbar. The taskbar floating on top of full screen modern apps looks so dumb.

They don't have to keep the task switcher they came up with for 8.0, but to combine the two at the same time is just a sloppy confusing mess. Come up with a unified task switcher that can manage the whole OS and works well with mouse or finger (without a lot of fussing manual setup). It is not as hard as it sounds. It's been 20 years, it's time to evolve your software.

I've seen others say this but honestly the metro task switcher is the best and quickest way when in a tablet, the only thing it needs is the ability to scroll up and down so apps don't "fall off" it like they do now. When Windows 9 comes and there is no desktop option for mobile touch devices then the taskbar isn't going to be around. Not to mention the placement of it down at the bottom gets in the way of metro apps app bar. It's one thing to allow the taskbar to show up for kb (winkey+T) and mouse users, but when using touch if you swipe up from the bottom in metro you get the app bar.

I agree that they need to update the taskbar itself in some way but at the same time removing the task switcher doesn't help things.

hungb.nguyen said,
wow
such update
many features
much waiting
seriously, Windows 8.1 update 1 is a confusing name, they should call it windows 8.2 when it released

its this some sort of a new internet fad? write like a squirrel crab?

i feel good about it

George P said,

When Windows 9 comes and there is no desktop option for mobile touch devices...

I know this is off topic but I seriously doubt this will ever happen, especially not on x86 tablets. The popularity of x86-based tablets versus ARM-based tablets proves that people want a device that's portable and capable of running desktop applications in addition to Metro apps. As the gap between Atom processors and faster processors diminishes I would hope to see tablets replacing laptops/desktops with decent docking solutions and the desktop will remain an essential part of Windows.

jakem1 said,

I know this is off topic but I seriously doubt this will ever happen, especially not on x86 tablets. The popularity of x86-based tablets versus ARM-based tablets proves that people want a device that's portable and capable of running desktop applications in addition to Metro apps. As the gap between Atom processors and faster processors diminishes I would hope to see tablets replacing laptops/desktops with decent docking solutions and the desktop will remain an essential part of Windows.

If we're talking sitting at a desk and docking the tablet and then turning it into a desktop in a sense then sure, but you've just pointed to what I think is a minority activity so far. If we're looking at a pure tablet design, like a 7"-8" then those people who do opt for that size IMO don't plan to use any big desktop apps, they want the basics and don't need a desktop.

Now, if the system is smart about it it could hide the desktop until a device is docked and a KB+mouse are detected then show it as a option.

Avatar Roku said,
They really need to come up with something better than the taskbar. The taskbar floating on top of full screen modern apps looks so dumb.

They don't have to keep the task switcher they came up with for 8.0, but to combine the two at the same time is just a sloppy confusing mess. Come up with a unified task switcher that can manage the whole OS and works well with mouse or finger (without a lot of fussing manual setup). It is not as hard as it sounds. It's been 20 years, it's time to evolve your software.

100% agreed. I don't understand what is going through the minds of the current Windows development team - it's like it has been taken over by aliens. It's shoddy design, nothing like Windows 8 and 8.1

Microsoft is in competition on the touch UI front, not the desktop front. The uphill battle is against iOS and Android, not OS X and Linux. If Windows starts to look poorly compared to iOS, that's it for Microsoft in the tablet business.

So I don't understand what is going through their minds to allow this kind of half-assed "design" to pass approval. To attempt to pacify haters who will never accept Windows 8. Just because it's Windows 8.

Remember that the ability to use the taskbar and perhaps eventually floating windows with modern apps means the "desktop" isn't only for "desktop apps" anymore. To me this makes the case for keeping these features even on RT, or whatever the locked-down version ends up being called, stronger when you think about the docked use case (and I think stuff like wireless docking will eventually make this more mainstream).

Kagami Sascha Rosylight said,
I also don't like the current taskbar showing ALL running apps. Now I have to close them to keep the taskbar from being mess, while I didn't with Windows 8/8.1

That's nothing new. You already had to do that to prevent the alt-tab switcher from becoming a mess...