Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th May 2012 22:57 UTC
Windows "The new changes include several new lock-screen images, the Windows Store tile is now green, and the small magnifying glass in the bottom right corner when you scroll has changed to a simple square. While nothing major, they are representative of the across-the-board tweaks we expect to see when the Release Preview hits the digital shelves in June." So, nothing to address the core issues with Windows 8's mouse/keyboard-hostile environment. Sad.
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RE: Comment by hoak
by brion on Sun 13th May 2012 18:12 UTC in reply to "Comment by hoak"
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For launching apps things seem reasonably keyboard-friendly. I'm used to hitting a hotkey, starting to type, then selecting the matching app (or website) in:

* web browsers (URL bar / awesomebar / etc)
* Mac OS X (Spotlight; used Quicksilver before Spotlight got fast enough)
* Windows 7 (Windows key -> Start menu)
* GNOME shell (GNOME-do before that)
* Unity (hud)

As to whether any particular Metro app is keyboard-friendly, well.... that's going to depend on the app developer to be smart -- same as with web pages and web applications which also might need to be used on both keyboard/mouse and touch devices.

As for the mouse, the biggest problem for me is the hotcorners: in a virtual machine or with multiple monitors, it's verrrrry hard to hit a hotcorner.

The mouse hotcorners and the touch swipe gestures are both kinda hard to discover, but I'm reasonably content with the swipes on a tablet once used to them.

Note that there are hotkeys for opening the charms:
windows+C -> open charms bar
windows+Q -> go straight to search

Unfortunately windows+Q doesn't play well with cmd+Q to quit in a VM on a Mac. ;)

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