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ModernMix 1.21

Run Windows 8 apps in a window on the desktop

by Mike Williams

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: $4.99 (Windows)
Date Updated: 23 April 2015
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Developer: Stardock
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ModernMix 1.21
Run Windows 8 apps in a window on the desktop

ModernMix is a simple tool which allows you to run Windows 8 apps in a window on the desktop. You can also pin them to the taskbar, so reducing any need to use the Start screen at all.

The program installs quickly, and is extremely straightforward to use. All you have to do is return to the Start screen, fire up an app, and press F10 (or use an overlay in the top-right corner): you'll immediately switch to the desktop, and the app will be running in a resizable window, where you can use it just as before.

Look at the taskbar and you'll find your apps have a button there, too, so they'll behave just like older applications: simply click a button to bring any running program to the foreground.

If you really don't like the Start Screen at all, right-click the button and you're able to pin the app to your taskbar, allowing you to launch it from there in future.

And when you do restart an app, ModernMix is even smart enough to restore its last window state, so once you've positioned and resized the app window, you won't have to do so again. (If you don't like this for some reason then a basic Settings dialog allows you to turn the option off.)

ModernMix 1.21 changes include:

- Fixed user reported issue where Windows would not come to the foreground upon click.

Verdict:

Despite being a beta, ModernMix ran very smoothly on our test PC, and if you spend a lot of time on the Windows 8 desktop then it's well worth the $4.99 price

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