Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Sep 2013 01:58 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

Mobile devices are designed primarily as a modal experience. You use one app at a time, but can switch between them quickly. Multi-window interfaces and floating apps have been implemented a few times as an alternative, but most of these solutions are a bit clunky. Ixonos has released a new video demo of its multi-window technology, and it looks much better. If only we knew where to get it.

This is very awesome, and essentially very similar to Metro snapping - except with traditional windowing abilities, something Metro should have as well. They won't say who they are developing this for, but I wouldn't be surprised to eventually see Android applications running in a similar fashion on ChromeOS.

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by flypig on Wed 25th Sep 2013 08:18 UTC
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This looks like nice technology and the video shows it working well. The four-way grid arrangement is particularly neat (especially covering more than the screen).

I can't help feeling the overlapping Windows paradigm has had its day though. We should have moved beyond it. In particular, with the way windows leap to the front when you interact with them, I can envisage few use-cases where it's beneficial.

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