Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Dec 2011 18:56 UTC
Windows Windows 8 will be one of the most significant releases for Microsoft ever, since it pretty much rethinks the entire graphical user interface. One of the problems I personally see with Metro is that it doesn't appear to be particularly conducive to getting actual work done. In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft design director Steve Kaneko confirmed that it's hard to adapt applications like Office to use Metro.
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Window management
by Zifre on Wed 21st Dec 2011 20:35 UTC
Zifre
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2009-10-04

I consider myself an "advanced user" and Metro is more or less what I've always wanted in window management (with some changes).

In my opinion, the idea of arbitrarily positioned and sized, partially overlapping windows is moronic and archaic. This is why I keep experimenting with tiling window managers. But they're all made for guys with beards who like using the command line.

The way window switching is handled on Windows 8 is kind of stupid. You have to go through each app until you get to the one you want. Personally, I think Microsoft should have made swiping from the left bring up a bar (like the one for charms on the right) that has tiles for each running app. This would make window switching less tedious and also make it possible to see notifications without going to the start screen.

However, I really like the way windows can be arranged in Metro. 99% of the time, I have either have one maximized window or a roughly 3:1 vertical split (one main window and one secondary window), which is what Metro offers. My only wish is that you could stack windows in the narrower side as you can with most tiling window managers.

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RE: Window management
by DOSguy on Wed 21st Dec 2011 23:31 in reply to "Window management"
DOSguy Member since:
2009-07-27

The way window switching is handled on Windows 8 is kind of stupid. You have to go through each app until you get to the one you want.


Good point, and now that I think I about it, I find it rather strange that no touch oriented platform, not even IOS, implements expose-like window switching. What is up with that?

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RE[2]: Window management
by justanothersysadmin on Wed 21st Dec 2011 23:56 in reply to "RE: Window management"
justanothersysadmin Member since:
2011-06-09

Android is doing something pretty close in ICS. It's a column of apps with window previews, so not totally Expose-like, but a similar idea modified for the limited screen real estate.

E.g. http://cellphonequick.com/android-4-0-ice-cream-sandwich-now-offici...

(edited to strip out the img src tags since the comment preview shows the image but the actual posted comment strips it down to the tags...preview fail)

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RE[2]: Window management
by Neolander on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:00 in reply to "RE: Window management"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Hmmm... Several mobile OSs implemented tile-based task switching, though most of them are dead or dying now. WebOS, PlaybookOS (?), WP7 and Harmattan come to mind.

As for why iOS itself didn't, perhaps it is because Apple believed that the iPhone's screen was too small for app tiles and didn't want to create visual inconsistencies between the iPhone and iPad versions of iOS ?

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RE[2]: Window management
by ricegf on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 11:48 in reply to "RE: Window management"
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

My Nokia N900 uses expose-like window switching. In fact, I tend to run 4-5 apps simultaneously on my N900, but only one at a time on my iPad.

The iPad just can't handle multiple apps for several reasons, not the least of which is that Steve didn't *want* it to! He succeeded admirably. ;-)

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