Windows 8.1 Update 1 to feature minimize and close button options for Metro apps, boots straight into desktop

Windows 8.1 Update 1 to feature minimize and close button options for Metro apps, boots straight into desktop
There was a leaked screenshot from the upcoming Windows 8.1 first update, revealing Modern UI (Metro) apps minimized to the taskbar in desktop mode, indicating that we might be able to run apps with the new interface in the traditional Windows environment, too. Now screenshots of the apps themselves are out, and they indeed show minimize and close buttons will be in store for Metro apps, when Windows 8.1 Update 1 hits your computer.

Also, it seems that Microsoft will be booting straight to the desktop interface by default this time, instead of giving it to you as an option, in order to calm the nerves of perplexed traditional users, which didn't know what to do in the Modern UI when they turned on a new computer, or got the upgrade to Windows 8. You can then fire up Metro apps from within the desktop, too, and never even have to go to the new UI, which might appeal to people who work Windows with a keyboard and mouse, though the ones equipped with a touchscreen device would find the tiled interface handier.

source: Wzor



1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Today was a awesome experience using W8.1, and WP8 together.. While not perfect, the synergy between the two platforms is very useful, and fun... .............. And it's gonna only get better in 2014

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012 You guys really deserve to be ignored and under privileged. Wake up and demand better support from Microsoft. Up till now there still no basic feature like notification center. Even iOS ripped off one from Android. Lol!

6. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why do care anyway? Are you a WP user? Or are you just here to troll?

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

My AVG showing to me is 1 threat detect, and i click on it for detail it said troll.dll

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You are a classic example not knowing what you are talking about yet you bash, That was done mainly because I can use it already in my OS. Not because MS is ignoring WP users, though they should have done it for WP because guys like you would react this way. In terms of Notification center WP has Live Tiles and they work perfect for myself but afterall you do not use a WP so you would not know this, I personally do not even want a notification center, I hope they have the option to turn it off. Until late Android did not even feature full lockscreen album art, Flat UI, immersive mode, the three dot menu buttons etc until they ripped those features from WP.

10. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Notification center is only being added to appease people like you. Anybody who has used WP knows the live tiles are the notification. "Oh, I have 3 work e-mails and 1 personal email, and 3 voicemails & 5 texts" all from looking at the start screen. Notification center is great on android and ios, because the icons don't provide any useful information. MS came up with a new way to do the same thing, but so many people just want the same thing regurgitated back at them, they can't accept change.

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Totally agree with you. +1

15. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

I'm currently using a Motorola Atrix HD because my 1520 was broken and I'm waiting for the replacement. I'm currently being reminded why I chose WP8 over Android, and the notification center is one of the main problems for me. It is a mess, and an annoyance. I'm personally glad that WP8 doesn't have one, and I hope that if they do, there is an option to disable it.

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Stick with your group of losers for all i care. I only buy the best with my money. Product like Artix is meant for loser. Look at the state of Motorola not much better than M$. Lol!! I have a lot of wp8 phones in my drawer loan sets but no one wants it. Every one keep asking whether there any iPhone 5s available. I ask they need andriod they told me they bought one either Samsung s4 or Note 2, 3. Very common. I play with a lumia 645 for a week. Its just as restrictive as iPhone only with much less apps and features. Lacking is the word that comes to mind.

17. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

My problems with the Atrix are the same problems I would have with "any" Android phone. The notification center is a mess, and lag is an issue that you get on all but the highest end Androids (Note III, G2). Not liking certain features of these phones, and choosing a different OS because of that does not make myself or anyone else a loser.

25. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes you are. Some people have problem because they like to spent money on odd ball untested product. I throw my Motorola milestone 2 on the floor breaking into a few pieces feeling very satisfied afterwards. Maybe you should do it too! Its very the therapies. I learn to put my money with winning brands top model product only. No need to keep senting phone back to service center because they either have poor quality control or the model is not well tested at all. Anyway that my personal life lesson to bet my money on winner only no oddballs brand and product for me.

19. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

And the word immature come to my mind when I read your comments.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What is this Lumia 645 you speak of? Tell me more about it, please!!!

23. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

And the 4 ain't next to the 2,, so don't use that excuse...

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What's new? What's your point?.. the fact is that while not perfect, like I said, being within the Microsoft ecosystem can be a great experience if you fully take advantage of it... ........................ Not having a notification system? Well, that's not really true at all.. You can say that WP doesn't have a conventional notification center, but it does have one that works just fine.. Its just that it can be majorly complemented with a more traditional one.. This did not hinder my experience within the ecosystem today.. ............ Not having a Bing rewards app? Didn't hinder my experience today.. Nevertheless, Bing rewards should be built right into Bing on WP on WP8.1.. I suspect that's why no app was released for WP.............. Microkia knows what they are doing.. Don't ever panic like that again..

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Lol! I just stick with the most popular brand and model cause its serve me well. Windows has its day but those days are over. Till it get popular again you won't see me buying one. Some people like unique oddball products but those only gives me trouble in the past. Like poor support. Software that is broken. Majority rules. I have to pay more but its worth it as i no beta tester time-wasting freaks.

3. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

For all the UNDERpinnings of WP, the UI for both it and Metro(PoS) make me sick.. TILES... the same thing I look at when im taking a HUGE STINKY S**T, and yes, that was the first thought when I saw WP 7 for the first time (WM6 lover, tolerated 6.5, then switched to Android 2.x) Running Windows 8.1 + StartIsBack on my desktop & Android on my GNote2

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

You always have the option of using Win7 or a Mac if the tiles make you "sick".

8. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Samsung is gonna have tiles soon with Magazine UI. Sorry but tiles are trending now.

4. srk_srinivas

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 27, 2010

I hate this windows 3.1 style metro with flat colors

5. SleepingOz unregistered

Should've been there since day 1.

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I like and Use Windows 8.1 everyday and am really glad that it will get these new features and functions but the Windows 8-8.1 Operating system is defiantly not for everyone like Microsoft desires it to be, therefore MS CEO Mr Ballmer or the New CEO of Microsoft should at the Beginning of their Tenor as CEO of Microsoft have The good Windows 7 operation system updated and sold as Windows 8.1D "Desktop Edition". This way the Millions upon Millions of Microsoft Customers World wide would have a choice of operating systems from Microsoft they do not have today. This action will net Microsoft huge sales of it's PC OS software and end all this stupid controversy over Windows 8-8.1 versus Standard Windows Desktop mouse and keyboard OS. there is a place for both. Windows 8.1 will be the Microsoft official Touch screen device OS and Windows 8.1 D desktop edition will be for those Microsoft customers who only prefer a mouse and and Keyboard OS

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

PS it may too late for Windows 8.1D I mentioned above to come out which is an upgraded Windows 7 desktop mouse and keyboard OS but Windows 9 is coming in 2015. there could be a version of Windows 9 called Windows 9D that is an upgraded version of Windows 7 mouse and keyboard OS. This will give Microsoft customers a good choice of operating systems they do not have to day and end all these complaints Microsoft is getting over Windows 8.1 period.

18. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

I hope they keep the option to boot to either...

20. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

So, Microsoft isn't going to force Metro UI on all PC users anymore... at least we now know that they are watching what has happened to PC sales, and aren't suicidal. I hope this turns out to be true, that they will allow Win 8.1 to boot into desktop mode. That will be a big help to traditional users (like my family and many of my dad's customers) who have felt lost in Metro UI on a PC.

24. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Windows 8.1 already has the option to boot in desktop mode... That was one of the biggest new features.. W8.1.1 is just going to take that even further.. .....................

26. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

So to make Windows 8 better they just have to make it more like Windows 7 lol.

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