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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Oh yeah
by Buck on Sun 5th Oct 2008 19:13 UTC
Buck
Member since:
2005-06-29

This pushes my buttons too. It's almost always that you see somebody working in a Windows application and like 90% of the display is blank white space. Talk about using the screen effectively. But people got used to it, much as they got used to viruses and instability and annoyances and everything else that comes with the Windows platform. After moving to Mac for a while these people still try to do the same with Windows, but sooner or later they learn the idea of using multiple windows, and that helps productivity since they also learn the notion of drag and drop which is almost nonexistent on Windows. Expose sure helps too. So actually I'd say the switch is a catalyst or an excuse for users to start considering desktop paradigms that are actually useful - i.e. it's just not gonna happen on Windows even if they finally get the window management right.

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RE: Oh yeah
by siride on Mon 6th Oct 2008 00:54 in reply to "Oh yeah"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

No, it doesn't help productivity. It adds too much information and confusion for the user. Drag and drop is rarely needed, honestly. And when it is, you can do the same thing in Windows as you can do on the Mac: just resize the windows so you fit multiple ones on the screen, or use the special window arrangement menu options to tile or cascade the windows. Linux window managers are even more advanced. The Mac window manager, however, provides a one-size-doesn't-fit-all approach. You either follow Steve Jobs's workflow, or you can f--k off. Real userfriendliness there!

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