Windows Worlds Combine: 8.1 Update Blends Metro and Desktop


Stop and Search

New icons on the Start screen (aka Metro) now offer access to power and search functions without first invoking the Charm bar. Clicking on the Power icon invokes a menu with options for Shutdown and Restart. Clicking the Magnifying Glass brings up the Search Charm just as if the user had inputted characters on the keyboard from Metro. Even though the default domain for this search is "Everywhere," the tool still does not search the local file system. As we've observed from early on, most Windows 8 system files are visible only in Desktop mode.