Windows 10 Build 10162 Start Menu’s Search Result now displays new descriptions for apps
Windows 10’s Start Menu now has a new feature.
This is something I had overlooked, and it appears that I am not the only one to have done so.
I ran into this feature accidentally. Normally, I have a set of apps pinned to the Start Screen. This includes the calculator app, which I use quite often.
Today, I had to use the calculator and I obviously went to the Start Screen and was annoyed to find that I had unpinned the Tile. I had removed the app from the Start Screen recently, while taking some screenshots for an ebook project.
So to add it back, I typed in the word “Calc”, and was surprised at what came up in the search results window. As you can see from the above image, the Calculator app now has a new description below it which reads “Trusted Windows Store App”.
Now, I was confused. Is this new? “I don’t remember seeing this, but I am pretty sure that the Search result, used to read something else earlier.” When I realized I was drawing a blank, I pinged some of my friends on IM and asked them about the build of Windows 10 they have on their PCs. They told me that were using the most recent build. Luckily, one of my friends, Mohammad, told me he was using a very old build of Windows 10 in a Virtual Machine.
These are the screenshots from his VM.
You can see that the image shows the Calculator’s old description “Modern Application”. Bingo, we have struck Gold here. Microsoft must have changed it recently.
And here are some screenshots from my system:
Other applications which have newer descriptions include Microsoft Edge, Mail, Calendar, Settings, Store, Photos, and more. This also works for third party apps and games, like n7Player, Temple Run:Oz, which I have installed.
Not all applications have new app descriptions. Older applications like the Control Panel, Notepad, File Explorer etc still display the old description “Desktop App”.
This is obviously Microsoft’s way of showing users the difference between a regular app and one that they downloaded from the Windows Store. I’m not sure if this applies to any app downloaded from the Windows Store, is the Redmond Company reviewing each and every app before they publish it on to the store?
And Microsoft may also want users to forget “Metro Apps”, which were infamous in Windows 8. So this could be a smart way to do that.