, spivonious wrote

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How would that be different from today? Pin Skype to the side in "tall strip mode" and have the desktop as your main "app". Or do you mean doing that with multiple Metro apps?

That is whole lot of difference.

  1. It is hosted inside the desktop.
  2. It is hosted inside the desktop, so, you can see taskbar.
  3. It is hosted inside the desktop, so, you can switch apps without unhide whacky auto-hide bar(s).
  4. It is hosted inside the desktop, so your desktop is still the same resolution instead of shrink or cropped (whatever artifact you get from having smaller desktop in Metro Split).
  5. It is hosted inside the desktop, so you can move the Window Frame that hosts the Metro App in Strip Mode.
  6. It is hosted inside the desktop, so you can have multiple Apps running in Strip Mode.
  7. It is hosted inside the desktop, so you can rearrange all those Metro Apps in Strip Mode, aka, overlap, non-overlap, partially overlap, place anywhere you like.
  8. It is hosted inside the desktop, so Desktop lover can stay in desktop while still able to enjoy Metro App in the same Visible Taskbar way.
  9. It is hosted inside the desktop, look at another new thread about time. That's just one small reason why people love Taskbar when still want to have that as a choice.
  10. It is hosted inside the desktop, doesn't mean it will break Metro experience.
  11. It is hosted inside the desktop, so we can enjoy the same multi-tasking experience since Win95.
  12. It is hosted inside the desktop, so, we can use Metro Skype in desktop instead of installing another desktop version (which I have been recommend to stay away from Metro version by fellow C9 members).

And just a reminder, hosting Metro in desktop doesn't mean the aspect ratio is changed. You only have the Full Screen version be a little bit smaller for taskbar.  And with Metro Strip mode. Doing this does not change Metro App development at all, but, makes Metro App to much desktop friendly and so much more versatile.

And another reminder, this can be done already. StartDock already hosted StarMenu in desktop.