Sunday, January 12, 2014

Windows "Threshold" Desktop Mode

The most interesting bit from this post by Paul Thurrott about the future version of Windows is this :-

Metro apps running in windows on the desktop. As you can today with third-party utilities such as ModernMix, the next version of Windows will let users optionally run Metro apps in floating windows on the desktop.

 As a Windows 8.1 user I spend very little of my time in the Metro world which means I have very little incentive to download and use the apps that have been specifically written for that mode. I am also willing to speculate that is the case for a majority of the users on the desktop side, which make up a bulk of the install base for Microsoft. With this users are reminded of and are able to use those apps in the mode they are working on and Microsoft can use this as an added incentive for developers to continue building "desktop" based Metro apps.

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