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Windows 8.1 Update 1 shows signs of a Metro and desktop merge


Initial screenshots of the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 didn’t show many signs of changes, but new images distributed today hint at some signs of improved interaction between the Metro and desktop environments. Theres also a new option to Show Store apps on the taskbar. While it’s not a hugely significant change, it appears to be the first change that Microsoft has implemented on its path towards Windows 9. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 9 in April 2015 with Metro 2.0 improvements that allow users to run Windows 8-style (Metro) apps in separate windows on the desktop. Microsoft has faced criticisms over its separate desktop and Metro environments, and the jarring switches between the two.

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