Upcoming Windows 8.1 Update Will Allow You To Run Modern Apps In Seperate Windows

Windows 8.1 Start Menu

Microsoft today announced that the ability to run Modern Apps as separate Windows, just like you use all desktop apps. You can minimize, maximize and resize them the way you want. These features will be coming via update to Windows 8.1 in the future. Another feature Microsoft today announced was that they are bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1. Currently, you have a Start Button there and when you click it, you are presented with the Start Screen. Microsoft is changing it back to Start Menu. The new Start Menu will look like the above with the combination of Live Tiles and program shortcuts. You will have two column layout where you will have program list on the left and live tiles on the right.

  • Azjerei

    *groans and sighs* Backing on their vision, again….

    • Bugbog

      They often claim Microsoft has no vision, that it’s always late to the party. But when it sets the stage with a clarity of vision, half a billion naysayers pull it down into the muck!

      But let any competitor take any single strand of any of those ideas and run with it? They’ll be hailed as the innovators of the new millennium!

      • Nham Thien Duong

        That’s because all tech-bloggers and self-proclaimed ”reporters” use Crapintoshes, and are jealous of our Windows devices. 😛

        • ZhangW_0689

          Why say they are jealous? If they own Apple then the can easy have money to by Windows PCs. Friends own Apple like them very much like I do with my Lenovo Thinkpad X1. But I’m not reporter, I at Uni to program.

    • NGM123

      Don’t agree guys.
      W7 is massive for a good reason, it simply works and works simply and that’s what the masses want. W8 is amazingly good with a touch UI and everyone still has those amazing options, but the dirty herd with mouse and keyboard need a better and easier interface and I think this is an improvement for the masses.
      W8 with a keyboard and mouse is frustratingly bad so this gives both touch and keyboard users the best of both worlds.
      Smart move by MS, well done.

  • RockmanNeo

    Make the windowed apps like zune software and I’m happy

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  • Nham Thien Duong

    Honestly I like the feature, it will still offer the same apps, only now in a more ”familiar” manner, at the end of the day these apps were also made to improve the security of the platform, and if all developers would completely abandon Win32 apps today and would make WinR.T. programmes viruses will only get rarer and rarer to the amount that they would be (almost) completely diminished, it’s great to see the Windows Store getting an even wider audience, Windows for the win. 😀

  • DW

    About time. This means using large screens with Windows 8 will be a better experience. The current state is absurd – swapping between full-screen views with the either/or state of desktop and touch apps. Now I hope they will look to have smart preferences for managing metro vs desktop app defaults opening without users needing to make file types to apps themselves. If the device is not plugged into a large screen and doesn’t have a keyboard connected then a user would expect the metro apps as default.

    • kimck99

      I agree. I have two 24″ monitors and I hate using any “metro” apps. So I don’t use it at all. With that change, I’m more inclined to use the modern apps.

    • NGM123

      Totally agree