Classic Start 8 Free Traditional Start Menu Style for Use with Windows® 8
Windows® 8.1 Update 1 May Bring Metro Apps to Desktop
Microsoft® reportedly will release its next update to Windows® 8.1 as soon as this spring, and leaked screenshots of an upcoming update show an option for users to open Windows® Store apps from the taskbar.
Screenshots of Windows 8.1 Update 1, posted by Russian Web site WZor, show an icon for the Windows® Store app nestled on the taskbar. However, the real functionality of this icon is still unknown. These screenshots do not indicate whether launching a Windows® Store app from the taskbar will actually run the app in the desktop or simply transport you to the tiled Windows® Start screen to run the app.
This is reminiscent to the hope many Microsoft Windows® users had last year before the Windows® 8.1 release. Rumors had users believing that a traditional Microsoft Windows® 7 Start button would be programmed back into the user interface. In the end, what Microsoft® did was allow users to boot to a traditional style desktop environment and added a new Start button that bascially takes users back to the tiled Windows® Start Screen. A major disappoint for many to say the least. But third party applications, like Classic Start 8, have satisfied users need for a traditional Start style menu button.
The true functionality of the taskbar icons in this next Windows® update remains to be seen. Only time will tell.