Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2012 23:27 UTC
Windows As you may have seen, David's been taking care of OSNews for a few days because I'm quite busy with work. Still, there's one thing I'd like to talk about: the desktop mode in Windows 8. I wish I could've added this to the first impressions article, but I only arrived at this conclusion yesterday: desktop mode in Windows 8 is Microsoft's equivalent of Mac OS X's Classic mode.
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John, yes there are several TWM's for Windows 7, just a few I've tried (in rough order of my liking them):

· <a href="">bug.n

· <a href="">PWT

· <a href="">Windawesome

· <a href="">plumb

· <a href="">Winsplit

I also agree if a TWM were to be integrated in Metro it would make it a lot more bearable as the current UI can only task switch as far as the end user is concerned, in fact this overlaps into even multiple apps on the Windows 8 desktop when ever you need access to some part of Windows 8 thats now been moved to/embedded in Metro -- the only option you have is task switching.

In my humble opinion the only real move forward in UI design is a TWM as it's really the only interface that is really always allowing the Operator to functionally multi-task -- seeing, using and accessing multiple applications or data sources concurrently in real-time with vastly less keyboard and mouse input.

Even the windows 7 CWM is primarily a task-switching interface that requires a massive amount of user input just manipulating windows and controls to see what you want to see...

The fact that virtually all mission critical interfaces from aircraft MFDs to industrial control systems, fire control, power management and reactor control, mission or life critical telemetry employ some sort of TWM (or application to achieves the same result) speaks volumes to honest, results oriented, form that follows function.

Unfortunately, there are as yet no 'glamorous' TWMs that look new and fancy, and only the few that bother two setup and use an actual Tiling Window Manager on a *nix system, of setup one of the applications like one the above on Windows have the experience to know and appreciate why they're so great for a Workstation/Desktop OS...

Happy TWMing...


Edit: no idea why links look like crap, can't seem to get anything work, but the links themselves...

Edited 2012-03-08 08:17 UTC

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