Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Mar 2013 13:03 UTC
Windows "An early build of Windows Blue, the next version of Windows, has leaked online. Build 9364 has been made available on file sharing sites and includes some of the new changes that Microsoft is building into its significant Windows 8 update. Leaked screenshots show that the company is bringing smaller Live Tile arrangements to its Start Screen, along with greater control over the color personalization options. Other improvements include a number of new options in the Windows 8-style settings screen. SkyDrive options are present, which appear to show greater integration and control over device back ups and files. There's also an app settings section that surfaces options to change default apps and information on app sizes." Very welcome improvements - but unless there's significant speed and performance improvements, this is all for naught. Update: Woah, a 50:50 split view! They are listening! Update 2: Steve Troughton-Smith details that the split can be any size, and that you can also split three and four applications.
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RE[3]: In 2013...
by WorknMan on Sun 24th Mar 2013 19:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: In 2013..."
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Stacked window management has never been terribly useful (perhaps excepting the occasional dialog), and nobody has ever perfected the tiling window manager, so I don't see how this is a retrograde step.

I am visually impaired, so usually run at lower resolutions, with apps like browsers, email programs, etc at full screen. Needless to say, I am not a huge fan of tiled window managers ;) However, my case is certainly the exception rather than the rule.

That being said, I think a modern OS should let you choose which option you prefer in the same desktop environment, so we don't have to have these kinds of debates. You shouldn't need to add another DE to the mix just because you want to change things like this.

Edited 2013-03-24 19:57 UTC

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