Users who aren’t fans of the way the Start Screen and its apps in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 behave may be in for treat. Screenshots leaks posted last night indicate that Microsoft will introduce even more changes in Windows 8.1 Update 1 to address desktop and notebook user’s concerns.
New screenshots depicting the changes surfaced at leaker site Wzor last night. They show Metro applications that now include a top bar that houses a button for snapping applications, the name of the application, another button to minimize the application and a button to close the application. Another includes the Windows taskbar sitting over-top the Bing Finance Windows Store app.
Reportedly, the screenshots were taken from a PC running internal builds of Windows 8.1 Update 1. That’s the much-talked about update that most Microsoft watchers agree will launch sometime before the end of the year.
To be clear, Microsoft hasn’t officially acknowledged that Windows 8.1 Update 1 is coming to users, however clearly it is because leaked screenshots and early versions of the update haven’t stopped surfacing since earlier this month. Most of those leaks indicate that Microsoft will use Windows 8.1 Update 1 to introduce small fixes that help the Start Screen and Metro environment work better together.
Features leaked in builds seem to confirm that. Leaked screenshots have also shown off a new Power button and Search button for the Start Screen. Having to click three times to shut down their device without a finding a physical power button has been at the top of most Windows 8 adopter’s complaint lists.
Rumors have also indicated that Microsoft is preparing to make changes to Windows that aren’t showcased in these slides. A report from The Verge included information about new internal builds of Windows 8.1 Update 1 not turning on the Start Screen by default. Understandably. the news attracted both cheers and boos from Windows 8 users who are either comfortable with the way the Start Screen and its apps work or want the Start Screen eliminated from Windows entirely.
How Microsoft plans to find a compromise remains unclear, and Microsoft isn’t sharing any information about its plans for Windows.