Microsoft sure seems to have widely distributed one of the first builds of Windows 8.1 Update 1 to several partners for testing purposes, as another set of screenshots have surfaced online.
We got our first look at some screenshots yesterday.
And now Win8China has posted another set that shows multiple Metro apps pinned to the taskbar. These include People, Weather, Maps, Photos and PC Settings — all official built-in apps, and it is not clear whether Microsoft will allow pinning of third-party apps like this too.
You can take a gander at all the screen grabs below:
There is a new customization option in the Taskbar settings panel that reads “Show Store apps on the taskbar”, so there is every possibility that this feature stretches to all Modern UI apps.
In any case, this could be the first steps of a major change that Redmond seems to be working towards, and that is bringing the ability to run Metro apps on the desktop and allowing users to run them in windows, in any size they see fit.
Expect plenty more on this in the coming days.