Windows applications are normally full screen, whether it’s appropriate for these apps to take up the entire screen or not. Though you can’t run the apps in Windowed mode, like you’re used to with Windows 7 and earlier, it’s still possible to run two apps side by side.
To run two apps side by side in Windows 8 using the Snapping feature:
This side-by-side feature also interacts with the Windows desktop. If you’re running apps that reside on the desktop (such as Office 2013 or Spotify), then putting a Windows app side by side with the desktop will show all your open Desktop apps, stacked along the right side. Neat!
Note that Desktop apps can’t interact with Windows 8 apps in this way. You’ll have to switch between them another way. We posted an article about navigating around apps that will help you move between your older applications.
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