Microsoft announces UWP taskbar badging for Windows Anniversary Update

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Microsoft’s Windows Anniversary update is a feature packed one bringing with it changes to the Windows ecosystem. We’ve heard all about the Action Center in the cloud, Microsoft’s Cortana and the improvements to the Windows 10 live tile feature, now Microsoft has added yet another feature to the Windows 10 desktop.

Previously on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, when modern apps received notifications, you could only see it on the live tiles or later in the Action Center, now in a move that is reminiscent of Apple’s Mac OSX as well as some classic Windows apps, Microsoft will be enabling taskbar notifications for Universal Windows apps.

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Pictured above, what this indicates is that apps which are pinned to the taskbar or currently open can now be  show a badge indicating how many notifications they have pending. For instance, if someone is carrying a conversation on with the messaging app UWP or on twitter and switches away, they can quickly look at their task bar to get a sense of how many notifications are pending. The feature is not available yet, but will be available in future builds of Windows 10 PC.

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