Ah, the Windows taskbar, the unchanged phenomenon of Microsoft’s flagship operating system! Things may have come and gone over the years (and in the case of the Start Menu, returning), but the taskbar has stayed steady through it all.

Now, however, Redmond is paying some due attention to the taskbar.

The screenshots that have just surfaced from the recently leaked first build of Windows 8.1 Update 1 show that the company plans on including options to allow users to launch Metro apps right from the desktop. And the first steps in this regard have already been taken.

As can be seen from the screenshot above, Windows 8.1 Update 1 Build 9600.16596 comes with the option to pin Metro apps to the taskbar.

Clearly part of Redmond’s strategy to make Metro apps more successful on its operating platform.

What is missing right now is confirmation whether the software titan plans to implement the ability to run Metro apps on the desktop in Windows 8.1 Update 1, even though there are hints that the company is planning to add such a feature in a future version of Windows.

If not on Windows 8.1 Update 1, then Windows 9 is a distinct possibility.

Then again, the Windows Store icon that is pinned to the taskbar in the image above could be an indication that we just may get such a feature in this upcoming upgrade — it probably is not that hard a feature to implement, one may think.

In any case, we should have a constant stream of information heading our way as Microsoft prepares to publicly debut Windows 8.1 Update 1 at the BUILD developer conference this April.

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  • Ray C

    Looking forward to getting more info on it. 8.1 was a very good update, so I’m looking forward to what comes next.

  • Macpaul Emeka Ekwueme

    Nooooo! MS that’s the wrong way to go. Splitting the two would be s better option. How ugly it would be running a modern app on a legacy environment. It’ll be like that Windows/ android software, what’s the name ermmmm! Bluestacks. Very incongruous. I say leave modern apps in the modern UI.