How to get some of the features of the next Windows 8.1 update right now
In early April, Windows 8.1 receives its first major update (Update 1), but in the next few months the operating system will be updated again, probably in late summer or at the end of the year. Full list of changes this update is also still unknown, but Microsoft itself has already officially confirmed that with him into the operating system will return the «start menu», and even be able to run in windowed mode, Windows Store apps. This is evidenced by the video from BUILD 2014.
Menu Reviver 2
The application Menu Reviver 2 was released just a few weeks ago, but this is actually a redesign of the first version, which I was told about a year ago. The new version is based on the functions of the previous one, but on the design of the interface Menu Reviver 2 worked Machalani Jay, who gained fame after he showed a stunning concept from the «start menu» for Windows 8.
Below you can see the difference between Start Menu Reviver 2 and the official «start» menu that are currently in Microsoft.
In addition to a very attractive design and nice animation when opening Start Menu Reviver 2 is fully customizable: you can add tiles of your favorite applications, shortcuts and Windows settings, and links to websites. In addition to the built-in search menu there are buttons for power management of the computer. Moreover, the interface of Start Menu Reviver 2 is optimized for use on touch devices.
The app is available absolutely for free. The download link you will find at the end of the article.
On ModernMix we wrote during beta testing. It is a tool that today is the best of its kind. In addition, Modern Mix is fully compatible with the latest update for Windows 8.1.
To see the difference between the official solution from Microsoft (see above) and ModernMix (below) is almost impossible. It is even conceivable that the developers at Microsoft were inspired by this instrument.
Even before the release of Windows 8.1 Update 1 ModernMix allowed to display tiles of modern apps on the taskbar. Now that this feature has been integrated into the operating system, ModernMix is a convenient solution for managing window sizes Windows Store apps.
To enable windowed mode with ModernMix need to put the cursor in the upper right part of the interface of the app, and click on the appropriate button. Also to switch between modes press the F10 is so much faster and easier.
ModernMix is available for $4.99, but the developers offer a trial version that will work without restrictions for 30 days to enable you to assess the capabilities of the tool. Download link available below.
| Start Menu Reviver 2