Start Charming is a free Windows 8 app which makes it possible to access the Windows 8 Start Screen and apps right from your desktop. While there are many apps that can help you get the classic start menu in Windows 8 such as Pokki, ViStart and StartMenu8, Start Charming makes it possible to adapt to the Metro UI by “Taming it”.
Do you love an app you found on the Windows Store but wish to run it on the classic desktop? Try ModernMix. It is a Windows 8 application by Stardock which enables users to switch your full-screen Metro apps (Modern apps) in windowed mode. In other words, you can run your Metro apps on the classic Windows desktop. This can help you avoid switching between the Windows 8 Metro UI Continue Reading →
With the introduction of the Windows 8 Modern UI, there has also been the release of a number of Microsoft and third-party Modern Apps (Metro Apps). While many Windows 8 users regularly use these applications, they might not be aware of the fact that these applications periodically receive updates that can be installed to benefit from newer versions. Let’s take a look at the process involved in updating these Metro Continue Reading →
Decor8 is a Windows 8 app by Stardock, which allows personalizing Windows 8 Metro UI features. With Decor8 you can change the Windows 8 Start Screen background image, create your custom Windows 8 color schemes, randomize the display of your Windows Metro Start Screen background and also personalize your Windows 8 default row count.
Whenever a new operating system is launched, there are numerous hidden features that one might not immediately discover. One such option in Windows 8 is to organize different Metro applications within groups on the Metro Start Screen. Creating groups can help you better organize your convoluted Metro Apps to identify them at a glance. While applications on the Metro Start Screen (known as Tiles) are auto arranged, you can give Continue Reading →
Windows 8 handles active applications differently than previous versions. This is mainly due to the tablet based Metro UI. For example, if you check the weather using the Metro weather app and then switch to the finance app, the weather app does not close but remains active in the background. As more Metro apps become active, they can strain your system resources and slow down your PC or tablet. It Continue Reading →
The Windows 8 Metro interface can be a bit tedious to navigate between, as one can easily loose track of active Metro applications. In previous version of Windows, active applications were spotted and opened using the ALT+Tab hotkey, however the Metro interface works in a different way from the conventional Windows workspace. Therefore, Windows 8 comes with a Switch List to allow users to easily switch between running applications.