Windows Metro Apps on the Desktop: Thanks, but No Thanks


A funny thing happens whenever I use my Surface Pro 2 for work. Even though the 10-inch screen and tiny Type Cover trackpad are less comfortable to work with than my dual-monitor Windows 7 desktop, I’m better at tuning out distractions and being more productive when I’m forced to use Windows 8.1 and its full-screen apps.

So I’m a bit distressed with the idea that Microsoft might bring these “Metro” or modern apps to the traditional desktop in a future version of Windows. According to leaked screenshots posted by WZor (via The Verge), an update to Windows 8.1 will let users pin modern apps to the desktop taskbar. Presumably that means you could launch them without going back to the Start screen.

If Microsoft were to stop there, it’d be okay. But according to Paul Thurrott, Windows 9 will reportedly go even further, letting users run…

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