Microsoft's Windows team is continuing its march toward making Windows 8 more palatable for users who spend a lot of time in the desktop mode, if screen shots from an alleged leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 build are any indication.
Windows 8.1 Update 1 is designed to bring Microsoft's Windows operating system more closely into alignment with its Windows Phone operating system, from what sources have told me. Windows Phone 8.1 also is expected to arrive, though possibly only in test/preview form, around the time of the Build 2014 show, as well.
WZor's screen shots indicate that users will be able to pin Metro-Style/Windows Store apps on the desktop taskbar. It's not clear whether clicking on a Metro-Style app from the desktop taskbar would open and run that app on the desktop or take users back to the Metro environment.
Either way, allowing desktop users to pin Metro-Style apps would be a step along the way to making the transition between the two different environments in Windows 8 -- the desktop and the Metro worlds -- less jarring. It also would be yet another nod to users who prefer working in the desktop environment to the Metro one.
(By the way, for what it's worth, I'm hearing from my sources that WZor's claims this week that Threshold will be released to manufacturing in October 2014 are inaccurate. Maybe he's hearing about something like another Windows 8.1 Update.)