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    Desktop mode and Start Screen app displayed at same time on 8.1 preview

    I was messing around with the Win 8.1 preview in a VM tonight and noticed that you can have the Desktop Mode opened half screen along with Modern UI apps on the other half of the screen. I haven't heard anyone else mention this capability, only 2 Modern UI apps sharing the screen at any one time.


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    In Windows 8, you can "divide" your screen between a Metro app and the desktop. It's not a 50% division, though, and I probably find it more useful that way. I love this feature.

    Here is a screen shot, showing it:

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    So, this is a feature that is already included in the current version.
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    Thanks for the reply. I hadn't tried the split screen with the desktop mode before and didn't remember anyone mentioning it before. The ability to do a 50/50 split between apps or even have multiple Modern UI apps open at once is one nice change in Windows 8.1.

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    I did read something about this feature in Win 8.1. I may reinstall Win 8.1 to try it again. I do have the ISO file downloaded and ready to burn to DVD.

    Here is a description of the new features from MS TechNet. The feature you mention is near the bottom of the list.

    I see Win 8.1 will be released officially on Oct. 17th.
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    The article you mention does talk about having multiple Modern UI aps open at once, but doesn't mention having desktop apps side by side with Modern UI apps. I have read dozens of articles and watched dozens of videos about Windows 8 and 8.1 and never saw a screenshot or a video demonstrating that particular function. I'm sure lots of people have tried it, just thought it weird that I had never saw it before.

    I don't actually have a PC running 8 yet, so far I have just played with it in VM's and on customers pc's.

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    From the 'Switcher Bar' one could always Snap Apps along w/ Desktop. But, now, the sizing can be varied more & more accurately, not just 50/50 and not just 80/20. Also, w/ Desktop & an APP sharing, if you open the Switcher Bar & click on a 3rd (or I guess 2nd) APP you can have it 'float' on top of the other 2 things.
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    Also, speaking of sizing, there are more choices as to what size to make Tiles on Start. This lends itself, for people who use Start & Tiles, the ability to scroll less by making things take up less real estate.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Microsoft better be careful or they'll have it looking just like a desktop pretty soon.

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    You're welcome

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    I believe this does show that even MS can adjust their thinking based on consumer demands. Although, IMO, Win 8 is a great OS, there are some things that could definitely be improved upon, but what OS is that not the case. MS seems to be leaning in their consumer's direction on many issues. Some will still be disappointed in the Start Menu button that comes by default, but it is a step in the right direction for many. Allowing the replacement apps will also be a big step for many.

    I did the beta thing all the way through the Win 8 development, but have not found the time to work with the Win 8.1 Preview.
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