Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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RE[19]: Comment by gmlongo
by jabbotts on Mon 4th Jun 2012 16:41 UTC in reply to "RE[18]: Comment by gmlongo"
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Actually, it's really not that specialized to desire more than one program visible at the same time. The use case is pretty general actually and alt-tab is not the better solution to working with multiple programs at once.

The machine I'm on right now, this browser in foreground with Outlook behind it. I can see email counts coming in and what folders they are filtered into not just *that* I have a new email because the task bar icon appeared and I heard a ding sound.

This machine also frequently shows multiple explorer windows in addition to other programs. I should alt-tab from explorer window to another program where I'm transcribing a path or filename? I should select the address bar and copy the path or f2 the file and copy the name with slow mouse movements instead of simply typing multiple lines of information maybe?

The notebook beside me; currently showing a full screen mail app one one of it's desktops because mail and browsers stacked on top of each other and alt-tab makes sense. desktop 2 is showing four terminal windows because I'm frequently working on more than one SSH'd machine at a time or task at a time. You think maybe I should "reasonably guess" what htop is displaying in a window hidden by what's in the forground? obviously you feel it's OCD to be able to, you know.. see the Conky output of monitored system metrics? Pure insanity that I like to have Task Manager in view at times while working with another program?

Should I take a walk around the office and see what "normal users" are working on? Hey, look at that.. more than one Excel workbook in view at the same time.. wow.. pretty specialized use case. Oh hey, someone building a presentation wanting source content in view while they prepare the slides; another special use case I guess.

"just rely on the popup notices".. he says.. cause if it works for him there must be something wrong with people who do things differently.

(edited to remove a poor choice of ending)

Edited 2012-06-04 16:44 UTC

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