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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RE: but...
by darknexus on Wed 25th Sep 2013 15:14 UTC in reply to "but..."
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I would personally prefer *not* having a tiling window manager in a phone/tablet. Easy switching between full screen apps trumps tiling windows in many cases. This is more the case in phone/tablets. If you add the screen space overhead of window borders that would be required to implement resizing/rearrangement of windows in a finger friendly way... I think it is non-sense.

My personal opinion.

And one I happen to agree with. In addition I find that, so long as the apps that need to update can keep running in the background, having one task in front of me at a time really helps me focus on getting that one task done. That's subjective, of course, and others will have a different workflow than I do, but I'm more productive when I can focus on one task at a time and flip between them at logical stopping points rather than being distracted by multiple windows trying to grab my attention at once. I've adapted rather well to the single-window workflow as it's mostly how I've always worked anyway. It doesn't work for everyone of course, but that's what choice is for, right?

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