Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Mar 2013 19:10 UTC
Windows The Verge: "ModernMix aims to change this. The app provides options to simple run Windows 8-style apps in separate individual windows in desktop mode. Windows 8 still has the usual Aero Snap functionality to align traditional apps side-by-side, and ModernMix takes full advantage of this. ModernMix remembers app window sizes so that they launch in the same place every time. A little widget in the top right-hand corner of Windows 8-style apps lets you bring them into desktop mode, and if you re-launch them from the Start Screen it will remember where you left off." Stardock - making awesome stuff since OS/2.
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RE[3]: good idea, except
by Nelson on Wed 6th Mar 2013 22:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: good idea, except"
Nelson
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I just tried this. It doesn't work too well. A lot of apps scale slowly and are not written to take advantage of the variable resolutions -- so nearly every one breaks or displays a scroll bar.

It's not really fun trying to pan around an app in Desktop mode. If you try to just run it maximized in a Window then you lose a bunch of pixels due to the taskbar being there (if they follow Metro UI guidelines and pad the bottom of the scrollable area with 20px, its even worse since it'll cut off content indiscriminately).

I think I used to be more skeptical of the idea before this though -- I changed my mind, it'd be cool if official support for this idea came from Microsoft along with the associated framework and app vendor fixes to resize more smoothly.

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