Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Sep 2010 18:11 UTC
Internet Explorer We already know quite a few details about Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft's upcoming attempt to retain - or grow - its market share in the browser world. Standards and speed are the main focus of IE9, and if a video of the upcoming beta release is anything to go by, they're doing pretty well. Just... Did they just manage to make the interface even less appealing?
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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Dave_K on Wed 8th Sep 2010 14:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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Put any random Windows user in front of any UI and they will maximise.

In my opinion a big part of the reason for this is that the Windows UI strongly encourages maximisation of windows. It's how Windows users learn to use the GUI, but that doesn't mean it's a particularly efficient way of doing things.

I never used to maximise windows when using RISC OS, or other GUIs with similar window management and application design. Back then I normally overlapped windows and dragged and dropped between apps; usage made easy and efficient by those interfaces.

It's only when using Windows, with its MDI apps, primitive window management, and massive toolbars/sidebars/panels attached to application windows, that I started feeling the need to maximise everything and alt+tab between windows.

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