Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:04 UTC
Windows So, I've been using the Windows 8 Release Preview since it came out, almost exclusively (except for work, since I'm obviously not going to rely on unfinished and untested software for that). I already knew I could get into Metro on my 11.6" ZenBook, but on my 24" desktop, things aren't looking as rosy. Here's an illustrated guide of the most pressing issues I run into, and five suggestions to address them. Instead of just complaining, let's get constructive.
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RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo
by Morgan on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 22:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by gmlongo"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Having two sites in an 80/20 split makes little sense for tiling web pages. Having two apps (web browser and text editor, or two web browsers) in a 50/50 split makes a lot of sense.


I agree wholeheartedly, and I feel that Aero Snap was one of the best additions to Windows since the shift to NTFS. A simple flick to the left with one window and flick to the right with another gives you a perfect 50/50 split. For those of us with 16:9 monitors, it means two complete web pages can be seen side by side. For web developers doing a compatibility check visually between browser versions, this is ideal. I've used it myself at the part time job with Notepad++ full of HTML or CSS on the left, and the web browser on the right. Make a change on the left, hit Ctrl+S, hit F5 on the right and there's no need for cumbersome app switching. It's a workflow-centric wet dream.

I'm also happy to see that some *nix desktop environments have begun to copy Aero Snap and other similar features. Why Microsoft wanted to take a huge leap backwards with fullscreen-only browsing in Metro is beyond comprehension.

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by redshift on Sun 3rd Jun 2012 23:03 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
redshift Member since:
2006-05-06


I'm also happy to see that some *nix desktop environments have begun to copy Aero Snap and other similar features. Why Microsoft wanted to take a huge leap backwards with fullscreen-only browsing in Metro is beyond comprehension.



I know.... IE has had some kind of full screen kiosk mode since at least win98. I found it to be useless and never used it.

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RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo
by xeoron on Mon 4th Jun 2012 01:10 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by gmlongo"
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2007-03-25

Aero Snap still works on the desktop side. They just make multi-pane viewing side-by-side impossible for users in Metro, but maybe some one will make a Metro app that lets you see 1+x panes at a time.

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RE[7]: Comment by gmlongo
by Morgan on Mon 4th Jun 2012 01:17 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by gmlongo"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Well, that was my point, that Snap is not applicable to the Metro interface. Basically, one would have to constantly switch between fullscreen Metro and the legacy desktop just to get certain tasks done, which degrades the workflow.

I wish Microsoft would either give us a fixed Metro that allows for tiling apps, or give us a Metro-free "legacy-only" desktop option. Sadly they have already affirmed that neither will happen.

I really, truly hope that Microsoft will only release Windows 8 for touchscreen devices (whether x86/64 or ARM based) and keep shipping Windows 7 on traditional desktops and laptops for a few years. That seems like the only sensible course of action to me. I'm afraid that ship has sailed though.

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