Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Dec 2013 22:43 UTC

Two changes supposedly coming to the next version of Windows, according to veteran Paul Thurrott:

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.

Start menu. After bringing back the Start button in Windows 8.1, Microsoft will take the next logical step in the next Windows version and make the Start menu available as an option. It's possible this will appear only on those product versions that support the desktop.

This would be Microsoft admitting they got Windows 8 all wrong.

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Not ALL wrong
by WorknMan on Tue 10th Dec 2013 02:08 UTC
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I don't think they got it ALL wrong. I'm not sure that having the option to run your tablet apps on a desktop is such a bad thing, and is something I desperately wish I had with Android. I don't ALWAYS want to use browser apps and/or depend on some janky browser extension or bloated Win32 app for desktop notifications.

So yes, Metro DOES have its place on the desktop. Where they screwed up was trying to make it the entire OS ;)

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