Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Oct 2008 15:57 UTC
Windows There is one thing that really pushes my buttons, one thing that is sure to send me off on a rant on life, the universe, and everything. I have a 21" widescreen 1680x1050 display - which might not be large to some of the real geeks in here, but to me, it's pretty huge. With so much screen real estate, why oh why do my friends all still insist on maximising every window they come across when they sit down behind my computer? This - and more - is the subject of the latest post on Microsoft's Engineering 7 weblog.
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Is it even necessary
by MacTO on Sun 5th Oct 2008 18:27 UTC
MacTO
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2006-09-21

The Macintosh has had the ability to resize a window based upon the content area since the early 1990's, when it appeared in the Finder of System 7. It is a handy feature in that context because you are almost always dealing with multiple windows.

But the question arises: does this sort of feature make sense, or is it more of an annoyance. I've found that "how do I maximize a window" is a fairly common question among new Mac users. They click the correct button, but it doesn't behave how they want it to. That is a pretty good implication, in my mind, that they actually do want the window to fill up the entire screen.

Why would they want that? It's probably as many people have already suggested: running an application in full screen improves the user's focus. In some case it is out of necessity (e.g. "I have to get this done"), and sometimes it is for pure pleasure (why would you want windows cluttering your screen when you're trying to enjoy a movie).

Also, given that some studies suggest that multitasking reduces productivity, you probably want to do everything that you can to discourage people from multitasking. In otherwords, Microsoft is being evil yet again by creating better window management features. ;)

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RE: Is it even necessary
by pandronic on Sun 5th Oct 2008 20:57 in reply to "Is it even necessary"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

Actually this was a very big source of annoyance for me when I switched to Mac.

I can't work with more than an application at once. And in the rare case that I need to see two applications side by site I can arrange them by hand.

It's so damn annoying. Luckily a lot of applications maximize properly when you click the (+).

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