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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RE: Window management
by DOSguy on Wed 21st Dec 2011 23:31 UTC 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)

Edited 2011-12-21 23:57 UTC

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RE[3]: Window management
by DOSguy on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:20 in reply to "RE[2]: Window management"
DOSguy Member since:
2009-07-27

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.


Looks pretty cool. Didn't see it before, so thank you for mentioning it.

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RE[2]: Window management
by Neolander on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:00 in reply to "RE: Window management"
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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[3]: Window management
by DOSguy on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Window management"
DOSguy Member since:
2009-07-27

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.


I did think of Webos, but it doesn't provide the nice one screen overview of expose because it requires you to swipe through all tiles. This resembles alt/cmd+tab more than expose imo. Don't really know about playbookos, wp7 or harmattan though.

As for why iOS itself didn't, perhaps it is because Apple believed that the iPhone's screen was too small for app tiles


IOS 1.0 couldn't really multitask, so I can understand why they didn't implement such a thing from the beginning. Nowadays IOS does some sort of multitasking and the DPI is really gone up with Iphone 4, which could make up a bit for the smaller screen. IOS doesn't encourage the user to close unused applications though, which would essentially cripple expose because it would have to display too much tiles.

and didn't want to create visual inconsistencies between the iPhone and iPad versions of iOS ?


You mean by implementing expose for ipad but not for iphone?

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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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