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[3]: Window management
by DOSguy on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 00:18 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Window management"
DOSguy
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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[4]: Window management
by Neolander on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 08:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Window management"
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2010-03-08

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.

The QNX-based of the Playbook is basically a clone of WebOS, so task switching also requires you to swipe through. WP7 is also mimicking WebOS in this specific area.

Maemo on the N900 provides something more like Expose :
http://media.share.ovi.com/m1/s/1712/0d4a7ebd7b024b10aa99403ff26a37...

Logically, its Meego Harmattan successor on the N9 follows in a similar direction, although it opts for larger, perhaps more easily distinguishable tiles : http://www.themobilefanatics.com/video-review-we-put-the-nokia-n9-t...

There is always a bit of scrolling when you have lots of applications open, but I fear this is inevitable on a mobile screen.

"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.

I don't know if even on a high-DPI phone, people would like stamp-sized previews very much, but I give you the benefit of doubt on that one because I still live in the WQVGA era and will continue to do so in any foreseeable future.

Anyway, you have a good point that tile-based task switching would be impractical if people never close running apps.

"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?

Yes.

Edited 2011-12-22 08:33 UTC

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RE[5]: Window management
by DOSguy on Thu 22nd Dec 2011 16:49 in reply to "RE[4]: Window management"
DOSguy Member since:
2009-07-27

I've always liked Meego, and now that I've seen Meego Harmattan I think I'm in love. ;)

That tile overview looks very good, and like you said it still involves some scrolling, but it is probably as close to expose as you can get while still keeping it usable.

Thanks man.

Edited 2011-12-22 16:50 UTC

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