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, ...) ?

  • Yes...Its possible. Its requires third-party software and the even then the implementation is not perfect. I won't list what third-party software support doing this, there are dozens of examples, every single one of them can be found with a little bit of research.
    – Ramhound
    Feb 27, 2013 at 12:06
  • I was thinking about a Windows featured solution more than third party softwares. Also, why -1 ? It sound like a legit question. In this case, a simple "no" (eventually "because" + source) would have been just fine. Didn't know that SE networks turned into cheap quality "let me google that for you" ;)
    – Anto
    Feb 27, 2013 at 12:13
  • There isn't a Windows feature that allows this. Microsoft has made it crystal clear a feature also will unlikely to happen based on the fact they ignored the request during the Windows 8 Beta. As for the reason you recieved a downvote, its because your expected to do some research on the subject, and asking for product suggestions isn't even on topic for Stack Exchange websites. As for a single example RetroUI allows for this functionality. I will again warn you that the implementation is not perfect, you likely will experience applications, that simply do not support it.
    – Ramhound
    Feb 27, 2013 at 12:23
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    This is the only tool I know which offers this: retroui.com Feb 27, 2013 at 12:49

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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:


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