Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jul 2007 09:53 UTC, submitted by drfelip
Graphics, User Interfaces "An interesting patent application recently filed by Microsoft may offer a glimpse at the future of the Windows interface. The patent describes a 'method for managing windows in a display' that seems to describe a method of task switching that is neither Taskbar nor Expose, but something in between." It reminds me of a feature called 'iconify', where you can minimise windows into an icon on the desktop (as CDE has, for instance), a feature I miss in most modern desktop environments.
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*rolls eyes*
by RISCOSMike on Tue 17th Jul 2007 11:05 UTC
RISCOSMike
Member since:
2006-09-03

When are Microsoft going to come up with something original?

This is kind of similar to a feature iv been using in RISC OS for 15 years, where the window minimises into an icon to the side of the pinboard.

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v RE: *rolls eyes*
by sappyvcv on Tue 17th Jul 2007 12:06 in reply to "*rolls eyes*"
RE: *rolls eyes*
by Coxy on Tue 17th Jul 2007 12:52 in reply to "*rolls eyes*"
Coxy Member since:
2006-07-01

Yes, although I haven't read the article yet, as soon as I saw the words 'iconify' I immediately thought of RISC OS's Pinboard's feature.

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RE[2]: *rolls eyes*
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 17th Jul 2007 13:15 in reply to "RE: *rolls eyes*"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, although I haven't read the article yet, as soon as I saw the words 'iconify' I immediately thought of RISC OS's Pinboard's feature.

Yeah, until you were to actually read the article and realise that it is not the same as iconify.

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RE: *rolls eyes*
by BluenoseJake on Tue 17th Jul 2007 15:26 in reply to "*rolls eyes*"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

"This is kind of similar to a feature iv been using in RISC OS for 15 years, where the window minimises into an icon to the side of the pinboard."

Except that these are actually live windows, and not icons. So I guess that may be a bit different.

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