ModernMix 1.0

Run your Windows 8 apps in resizable windows.

Still feeling the Windows 7 blues? Ever wish you could take your apps out of Win8's Modern UI and onto your desktop? ModernMix is a utility that enables Windows 8 Modern-centric apps to run inside a windowed frame, resulting in a more traditional experience like previous versions of Windows. Regardless of your feelings about Microsoft's current direction, ModernMix is an attractive utility made especially for the classically desktop dependent.

Multitasking with Windows 8 apps, Windows 7 style.

When running multiple Modern apps, the applications are not normally running or visible in desktop view. Instead, the charms bar acts as your standard task manager for Modern apps. ModernMix takes your Modern UI apps and docks them onto the desktop taskbar, further blurring the line between both the desktop and Start screen environments.

Another useful feature is ModernMix's ability to constrain app window sizes; many of the available apps from Microsoft's appstore are set at a 768-pixel-or-above height and weren't designed to be scaled down. Though you can set the static window dimension from the settings menu, some cases proved that the windowed experience wasn't always the most reliable or enjoyable experience. Many of Microsoft's apps in Windows 8 were meant to run in full-screen, so some apps and games ended up being underwhelming at times. Games like Hydro Thunder and Jezzball Galaxy ended up getting cut off at more unconventional resolutions. Others like the News app and BlazBlue felt more like they were running natively.

Quickly toggle between full screen and windowed modes.

When paired with Start8, ModernMix and Windows 8 may just end up becoming that magic computing cocktail mix to push some Win7 users over the tipping point to Windows 8. You can purchase a beta version for $4.99 or take it for a test drive for 30 days by heading over to the download page.

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