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Multiple Instances of Metro Apps

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  • Is there a way to run multiple instances of a Metro App?  In Windows 7 multiple instances of applications is easy. For example, I typically launch multiple instances of VS2010 and File Manager.  In Windows 8 I am also able to do this within the classic windows mode(desktop) for these and other classic applications, but there does not seem to be away for Metro Apps? Am I missing something?
    • Edited by PeteJS Friday, September 16, 2011 4:04 PM
    Friday, September 16, 2011 4:01 PM

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  • In Windows 7 and in Windows 8 classic, applications are multiple-instance by default but have the option to do their own single-instancing.  (For example, the Sound control panel is single-instance.)

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms771662(v=VS.85).aspx

    Windows 8 metro apps are inherently single-instance.


    Matthew van Eerde
    Friday, September 16, 2011 4:19 PM
  • Which I think we can all agree is ridiculous. If an app wants to allow the user to run multiple instances, why should the system tell them that they can't?
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    Friday, September 16, 2011 5:27 PM
  • So I ask why is that? Why limit metro apps.  I can envision running multiple instances of metro apps running in the background (not visible) with their Metro Cards being updated with selected information such as status of a calculation (numerical integration, image processing, 3D peak determination, ...), db search, instrument control, etc.
    Friday, September 16, 2011 8:05 PM