Windows – Is it possible to use Metro apps in “desktop mode”

modern-uiwindows 8

Some of the metro apps are pretty interesting and could spare the user to install third-party apps, like the PDF reader app, the messenger app, … The major issue with these apps is that it seems impossible to launch them in a windowed mode, which is not convenient for desktop users.

Does anyone know whether or not Windows features this possibility ? If yes, how ? Incidentally, if it doesn't, any idea why (reference to any Microsoft official statement, ui expert blogpost, …) ?

Best Answer

  • StarDock also released a tool which offers Windowed Mode. It is called ModernMix

    ModernMix is a revolutionary new program that lets you run Windows® 8 "Modern" apps in a window on the desktop.

    Windows 8 Modern apps, also known as Metro or RT apps, will use the full screen on your display regardless of how much of the screen they really need. As a result, that weather app, mail program or stock ticker is going to use the entirety of your computer display.

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    You can pin apps to the taskbar like normal Desktop applications.

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    Give it a try if it works the way you need it.

    Here is also a video about it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMT5cn1IpSE

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