I picked up the 4/8/14 Windows 8.1 update today and was pleased that the Metro apps can now appear in the ‘classic’ desktop taskbar. It still seems odd to me that Windows 8 has two distinctly different personalities – the touchscreen friendly Metro apps from the new Start screen, and the classic desktop with regular looking Windows apps. It just seems confused to me – which is it? A post-PC touchscreen OS or a classic Windows desktop? Well, now at least the two are somewhat more combined.
Rather more odd however is that this cumulative update is required if you want to continue to receive Windows Updates. Pretty sure some internal IT departments are going to be pretty annoyed with this approach – “You want updates in the future? Install every update up to this date then we’ll give you new updates”. Uhuh.