Windows 8.1 Update 1 screenshot shows taskbar with Modern apps

We saw some new leaks yesterday regarding Update 1 for Windows 8.1. But it seems they’ll continue today as new screenshots are making their way to the web.

First up we’re seeing a new custom option for screen scaling, which allows users to pretty much upscale the icons and text to whatever they want. The way Windows handles scaling has long been a point of contention among its users so this new option will definitely be welcomed.

Secondly, and this is where things get messy, a screenshot from @AngelWZR, a noted leaker, seems to show a modern-looking version of the taskbar on top of a Modern app. According to him this is hidden when the app is fullscreen but can be called back up.

Modern apps on the desktop have been mentioned for some time now as an upcoming feature in Windows 9, and we’ve seen numerous screenshots of Modern apps showing up in the taskbar in Update 1. However this new image, if real, shows that Microsoft may be going a lot further than people expected in bringing back focus to the desktop and improved usability to mouse and keyboard users. Of course this hasn't been verified yet and the image itself looks suspect, so take this with a fistful of salt.

Finally we’re hearing conflicting reports from different leakers as to when a full build of Windows 8 Update 1 may leak online. Some are saying that personal signatures make it impossible for a build to leak without Microsoft knowing exactly where it came from, while others are saying that a leak is almost imminent.

Either way BUILD is just two months away so we’ll get to see Update 1 in action sooner rather than later.

Source: AngelWZR | Images via AngelWZR and Wzor.net

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So when they remove all options and go one way, people whine and scream. When they reverse direction and go the other way, people whine and scream. When they provide options so everyone can hopefully be happy, people whine and scream. What the hell do you people want?

These are all just options. If you like it the way it is now don't worry. If you want more change then just wait longer. Sheesh.

Let us not forget that the word "Modern" is being used since "Metro" was already in use by someone else. It, in no way, should be construed that "modern apps" are somehow better than the ones running very successfully with their mouse and keyboard orientation

The taskbar looks out of place to me. I'd rather just use the left sidebar to keep track of programs. This just looks like a waste of space to me. Still, as long as I can turn it off and have the whole screen usable, it's cool.

Every time I see an article talking about Windows 8's "Modern" apps, I think of what a joke that name is going to be 10-15 years from now.

Need different scaling on a pee monitor basis... Or at least one scale for the built in screen and a default for all others

MrHumpty said,
Need different scaling on a pee monitor basis... Or at least one scale for the built in screen and a default for all others

I think that is what the "Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays" option allows you to do.

DonC said,
I think that is what the "Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays" option allows you to do.
Unfortunately no. I mean, if you have that unchecked it does an "ok" job of guessing at scale. But in reality it would be better to manually choose a scaling.

My Surface Pro 2 docked with a 24" monitor is not harmonious. I can manually set it "for all monitors" and make one or the other look great. Let me do that, don't try and do it for me by guessing.

So ugly. It's possible to add features without offending the senses. And how come all leakers have a 4:3 low resolution monitors?

Seriously serious on the ugly part. Modern can be improved a lot and its interaction with the desktop, but so far it hasn't been so gol darn ugly and inelegant.

Atlantico said,
So ugly. It's possible to add features without offending the senses. And how come all leakers have a 4:3 low resolution monitors?

Seriously serious on the ugly part. Modern can be improved a lot and its interaction with the desktop, but so far it hasn't been so gol darn ugly and inelegant.


They're screenshots from a virtual machine.

srprimeaux said,
Windows 8.1 Update 1 Service Pack 1 Pro Edition - /sigh

They should have called it Windows 8.2 (or Windows 8.11 ) and called it a day.

rfirth said,
They should have called it Windows 8.2 (or Windows 8.11 ) and called it a day.
"a day" is the worst name I've ever heard for a software product, ever.

Oh yes!! Boot #1, logon #1, winaero.com, Tiny Window Borders....

For mouse users, I don't see a reason why they even need to be visible - it's no mystery to anyone where the edge of a window is, and I don't see any such usability issues on OSX.

I think there might have been some Windowsblinds-style skinning engine that made them invisible sometime long past (Win2000-era?). Looked cool-as.

+1

I hate having to resort to editing the registry manually on every fresh install i do (yes i know I can just add a reg file, but its still a step that should be unnecessary)

Mugwump00 said,
Oh yes!! Boot #1, logon #1, winaero.com, Tiny Window Borders....

For mouse users, I don't see a reason why they even need to be visible - it's no mystery to anyone where the edge of a window is, and I don't see any such usability issues on OSX.

I think there might have been some Windowsblinds-style skinning engine that made them invisible sometime long past (Win2000-era?). Looked cool-as.

OSX has drop shadows, which gives definition to the windows.
Microsoft, for whatever reason, chose to eliminate shadows in the desktop in Windows 8.
Probably why the ugly wide borders are necessary.

I believe they are still there, but almost imperceptibly small, maybe along the lower/right edge only. I guess they were jettisoned in the pursuit of 'flatness'.

Windows 7 had thick window-borders by default - and larger drop-shadows- ?

The Windows 8 desktop snap-mode (which I really miss in 8.1) has incongruous full aero drop-shadows for the desktop-app thumbnails (which I thought were really cool).

Ice_Blue said,

OSX has drop shadows, which gives definition to the windows.
Microsoft, for whatever reason, chose to eliminate shadows in the desktop in Windows 8.
Probably why the ugly wide borders are necessary.

The window borders in Windows 8 are the same width as they are in Windows 7.

I seem to recall the reason was that some stupid software assumed the width without looking.

I'm pretty sure Windows 8.1 has drop shadows. At least for Office 2013. I'm on a different computer so I can't check.

Mixing Modern full-screen ("...hidden when the app is fullscreen..." - when aren't they?!) and the Taskbar looks very strange, I can't envisage how that will operate - ?

I hope the two don't ever show together on a tablet, that'll look really gash.

Just needs to run in a window, not full screen and that would be another tick for Windows 9
Getting there Microsoft, but still a long way to go.

Looks to me they've decided to throw in planned Windows 9 changes right away. After all if these features are available in third party products then really MS can do them themselves and save face. They've finally realised they need to move faster with these changes and cannot save it all til W9. While Windows 8 has brand problems I reckon if they can put in most of the things people want, there will be enough talk that they can overcome that for once.

It is Metro-fied. If it had a border wrapped around it maybe it would be a little more distinguishable. But that's a problem with Metro in general. And the Metro apps should be written for desktop and with a better structure in general. That awful horizontal scrolling.

Pulagatha said,
It is Metro-fied. If it had a border wrapped around it maybe it would be a little more distinguishable. But that's a problem with Metro in general. And the Metro apps should be written for desktop and with a better structure in general. That awful horizontal scrolling.

Horizontal is more natural.

I used to dislike the horizontal scrolling until I realised that a double touchpad swipe does scrolling anyway. (As does the same gesture on my desktop with its touch mouse.)

Dot Matrix said,

Horizontal is more natural.

No it isn't. Swiping left and right to get rid of things is.. not scrolling. Scrolling is a vertical scroll.

firey said,

No it isn't. Swiping left and right to get rid of things is.. not scrolling. Scrolling is a vertical scroll.

You've been reading left to right (horizontal) since you were a kid. This is an extension of that.

Dot Matrix said,

You've been reading left to right (horizontal) since you were a kid. This is an extension of that.

But have been scrolling up and down since I was a kid too.

Really like those new scaling options. They were already improved in 8.1 but MS didn't go far enough.

But what i want more than anything is updated desktop icons, and a desktop right click context menu that looks like the Metro version (like in Metro IE). And the Windows install screens should also be updated, as at the moment they have Vista/7 windows. Theres WAY too much inconsistency in Win 8.x.

NoClipMode said,
Really like those new scaling options. They were already improved in 8.1 but MS didn't go far enough.

But what i want more than anything is updated desktop icons, and a desktop right click context menu that looks like the Metro version (like in Metro IE). And the Windows install screens should also be updated, as at the moment they have Vista/7 windows. Theres WAY too much inconsistency in Win 8.x.

8.1 removed the XP scaling. And now, MS is adding "more" percentage that already are present in the current version of windows. Double meh!.