Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 1st Sep 2012 21:15 UTC
Windows The Verge published a video demonstrating how desktop mode and Office 2013 - a desktop application - work on Windows RT, the ARM version of Windows 8. The video showed a desktop mode that clearly didn't work well for touch, and even Office 2013, which has a rudimentary touch mode built-in, didn't work properly either. It looked and felt clunky, often didn't respond properly, and even showed touch lag.
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RE: Grognardism
by Brendan on Sun 2nd Sep 2012 15:13 UTC in reply to "Grognardism"
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You know, this whole issue of tablet vs desktop is becoming a fight of the grognards vs the innovators. Its cross-platform. With Windows, it seems to be the Metro vs Desktop versions of Windows. With Linux, its Gnome 3 vs Gnome 2 clones. Everywhere you go, you have one group designing for the future, where tablets and phones will dominate, and another group, who hate change, who want to design for 1980's technology.

Tablets are good for some things; like reading a few web pages, keeping in contact with people while you're on the move, reading an ebook in bed, etc. They're complete useless for anything serious (like writing documents, creating software, CAD, modern 3D games, etc).

Desktops are good for almost everything; except when the size is a problem. They're too big to carry around all day, and I'm sure I wouldn't want my full "dual 30 inch screen" setup for reading a book in bed.

Obviously they're entirely different form factors, designed for entirely different uses. The idea that tablets will make desktop obsolete is completely idiotic - as stupid as thinking that Segway is going to make cars obsolete.

What we have at the moment is developers trying to make desktop stuff work on tablets, or trying to make the same user interfaces work in both cases at the same time. My prediction is that this "first wave" of user interfaces will fail badly (either being useless for tablet, being useless for desktop, or being useless for both); and this failure is going to be an important lesson that forces developers to realise that different usage patterns require different user interfaces.

- Brendan

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RE[2]: Grognardism
by Shadowmane on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 01:24 in reply to "RE: Grognardism"
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Um... Multi-Touch is desktop, not Tablet. Though Tablets do have multi-touch technology.

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