Windows 8.1 may add app download progress bar under Live Tile

When Windows 8 users see that there are updates available for their Modern UI-based apps, they have to go to the Windows Store to see which apps have a new version available. Currently, the interface for updating Windows 8 apps is rather poorly designed. You basically see the icons of each app that are available for update in a column and when you click or touch on the update button on the bottom you see each icon turn into a smaller version with a progress bar.

Now it looks like Windows 8.1 might change or at least add to the information for updates in Modern apps. Neowin reader FaiKee, in a post on our forums, spotted something interesting in a leaked screenshot from the recently leaked 9364 build of Windows 8.1. It appears to be a download progress bar in the Live Tile of a Windows 8 app.

This might suggest that users of Windows 8.1 won't have to go though the Windows Store interface to update their apps anymore but rather simply update them when the Live Tile that corresponds to the apps says there's an update that's ready to download. If true, that would certainly be an improvement over the current Windows 8 app update UI.

Thanks for the tip, FaiKee!

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Windows 8.1 is looking like the Windows 7 of Vista. Congrats Microsoft, didn't think you could do it. Just need to add the Start menu and we are good to go.

Hopefully Windows 8.1 improves also on Windows Defender access, right now have to search for it, for the first time if wanna open the program or adjust settings--Hopefully in 8.1 it's On the List of Metro Programs on first startup. Will make it easier I feel for Folks to access Antiviirus or adjust settings if need be

The key to the success of Windows is great Apps. I would love to spend most of my time in the metro environment, but the applications aren't there yet. I cannot do the same things as I can on the desktop. There is a feature delta between the metro and desktop environments.

This is cool, but not really that important since we already know Windows 8.1 will have automatic app updates enabled by default anyway.

This looks like progress in the right direction. Hopefully they'll also give the option of automatic updates for apps.

Yay, I hope that this also will indicate progress of programs like it does in the superbar. I like that feature very much!

Hope this could be used for downloads within the app and not just app updates. Would love a Modern/Metro version of Internet Download Manager or utorrent.

As an app developer I really hope I can use this to indicate background download progress for downloads within my app; store updates is nice and all, but I feel it would be more useful for the user to be able to put in app download info on the start screen for them.

THolman said,
Why didn't someone think of this before they released Windows 8?

There are a lot of things they didnt think of....one of the reasons why Blue is in the works.

techbeck said,

There are a lot of things they didnt think of....one of the reasons why Blue is in the works.

They probably didn't have time to implement it.

techbeck said,

There are a lot of things they didnt think of....one of the reasons why Blue is in the works.


Or they are a lot of things they thought of but could not put everything in due to dead line?

THolman said,
Why didn't someone think of this before they released Windows 8?

Exactly. This is really basic functionality that should have been included from release, just like having apps auto-update - it's a testament to the hurried development process.

Dot Matrix said,

They probably didn't have time to implement it.

Sheesh, how long does it take to implement something this simple? I mean, I know we're dealing with a complex system, but it seems like a really, really tiny feature to stick in there...

THolman said,
Why didn't someone think of this before they released Windows 8?

Why didn't someone think before they released Winblows 8.

FTFY

theyarecomingforyou said,

Exactly. This is really basic functionality that should have been included from release, just like having apps auto-update - it's a testament to the hurried development process.


they are working to deadlines and have probably adopted agile dev methodologies over classical waterfall (pre 8) for the os reboot. Agile focuses on delivering software on time with minimal bugs, rather than delayed buggy releases'. Features that do not meet quality criteria are deferred until ready, or a lesser stable version included, this allows for a constant development process, rather than diverting resource fire fighting a buggy waterfall release. Its just a different way of doing delivering software. An improvement imo.

amigaman said,
they are working to deadlines and have probably adopted agile dev methodologies over classical waterfall (pre 8) for the os reboot.

The problem is that a lot of the features in Windows 8 were poorly implemented or half-baked. Windows 8 was the largest overhaul to the Windows interface since Windows 95, yet the development time allotted was simply inadequate.

The key is stability, particularly when overhauling an os. They had a choice; get a stable product to market that meets the majority of user cases, or wait for an unknown time frame for every component and feature to be perfect and stable. They cannot afford to wait, particularly with so much competition in the market.
You just have to be realistic, software development is not easy, and if it was we would have had everything already and no upgrades past version 1.0.
One could say that apple should have released IOS with copy and paste baked in but they didn't, it was released in an update down the line.
Of course my description of Agile is incomplete and simplified for the purpose of this discussion. However if you are interested in software development methodologies and why software is realised like this Wikipedia have some reasonable info on Agile, waterfall etc.

I'm hoping for other, similar, on-tile controls. I don't want to launch full screen metro apps, but if I can use the Start screen to interact with them in the background, that'd be really cool.

Windows Phone already does this so it seems sensible to add it to Windows 8. It will be an improvement over the current situation where you can see that an app is installing but have no way of estimating how long it's likely to take.

LookitsPuck said,
Very nice. Really liked how iOS does it. Hate how Android does.

Agreed. The iOS way of doing it is very stylish and I'm interested in seeing a metro version. Very welcome addition!

LookitsPuck said,
Very nice. Really liked how iOS does it.

OS X Mountain Lion does the same thing in Launchpad, Dock and Finder.