Microsoft seems jet set on bringing windowed Metro apps in Windows 9, and the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 is paving the way for this change. In fact, it comes with a couple of handy new features.

The idea is to make the newest version of Windows a little easier for keyboard and mouse folks.

One of the recently leaked builds has been confirmed to have jumplists for Modern UI apps on Windows 8.1 Update 1. These were introduced for desktop programs in Windows 7, and reveal specific features and items in a list that are displayed by right-clicking the icon.

The screenshot above shows a jumplist on the Microsoft Reader app.

Another new addition is the inclusion of multiple thumbnail windows for Windows Store apps that offer support for multiple windows — as in Internet Explorer. This feature, again, has been around since Windows 7. You can see it in action in the screenshot below:


Not the most blockbuster of features, but useful, nevertheless.

And finally, another smallest of features have been revealed in one of the latest leaked updates. Metro media apps (like Xbox Music), when placed in a taskbar, can pop up a media control when the cursor hovers over an icon.

This allows quick access to playback functions like play, pause and rewind when the Metro app is running in the background. Perfect for people that live in a multimedia world.

What do you guys and gals think of these (small) new additions? Handy or hopeless? Let it be known!

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  1. “jet set” ? Do they mean “dead set,” or is it modern?

  2. I like it. Try different things and let us all see what works best. I still say that Windows 8.x is not really less easy to use with a keyboard and mouse though. Even if it is EASIER on touch, that doesn’t make it not easy with a keyboard.

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