Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Mar 2013 13:03 UTC
Windows "An early build of Windows Blue, the next version of Windows, has leaked online. Build 9364 has been made available on file sharing sites and includes some of the new changes that Microsoft is building into its significant Windows 8 update. Leaked screenshots show that the company is bringing smaller Live Tile arrangements to its Start Screen, along with greater control over the color personalization options. Other improvements include a number of new options in the Windows 8-style settings screen. SkyDrive options are present, which appear to show greater integration and control over device back ups and files. There's also an app settings section that surfaces options to change default apps and information on app sizes." Very welcome improvements - but unless there's significant speed and performance improvements, this is all for naught. Update: Woah, a 50:50 split view! They are listening! Update 2: Steve Troughton-Smith details that the split can be any size, and that you can also split three and four applications.
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In 2013...
by bowkota on Sun 24th Mar 2013 13:36 UTC
bowkota
Member since:
2011-10-12

It's 2013, in the World of Windows and for the updated *DESKTOP* OS the big exciting changes are 50/50 split view and a Settings pane. ok ...

Edited 2013-03-24 13:37 UTC

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RE: In 2013...
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 24th Mar 2013 13:45 in reply to "In 2013..."
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You can say this of any modern mobile platform these days. Look at iOS and "multitasking" and copy/paste, for instance.

Sad, but true.

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RE[2]: In 2013...
by bowkota on Sun 24th Mar 2013 14:47 in reply to "RE: In 2013..."
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

You can say this of any modern mobile platform these days. Look at iOS and "multitasking" and copy/paste, for instance.

Sad, but true.


I did stress the words Desktop OS; quit an important difference.
You're referring to Mobile Operating systems, which were running on single CPU devices at 500MHz until very recently.

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RE: In 2013...
by panzi on Sun 24th Mar 2013 14:21 in reply to "In 2013..."
panzi Member since:
2006-01-22

Is Microsoft slowly reinventing the tiling window manager? The early 2000s called, they want their GUI concepts back.

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RE[2]: In 2013...
by butters on Sun 24th Mar 2013 16:38 in reply to "RE: In 2013..."
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

Stacked window management has never been terribly useful (perhaps excepting the occasional dialog), and nobody has ever perfected the tiling window manager, so I don't see how this is a retrograde step.

A simple but flexible tiling window manager is arguably the best way to utilize large displays, particularly when it comes to content creation and other remaining use-cases for the traditional desktop.

If anyone is willing to make the case for stacked window management on large displays in the 2010s, by all means go ahead.

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RE[2]: In 2013...
by Nelson on Sun 24th Mar 2013 18:21 in reply to "RE: In 2013..."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Yes they are. Is that so bad, and why?

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RE[2]: In 2013...
by Neolander on Sun 24th Mar 2013 18:27 in reply to "RE: In 2013..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Is Microsoft slowly reinventing the tiling window manager? The early 2000s called, they want their GUI concepts back.

Early 2000s, you say ? I can think of older examples, and from no other than...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Windows1.0.png

Edited 2013-03-24 18:31 UTC

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RE: In 2013...
by Nelson on Sun 24th Mar 2013 18:18 in reply to "In 2013..."
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

It's 2013, in the World of Windows and for the updated *DESKTOP* OS the big exciting changes are 50/50 split view and a Settings pane. ok ...


An incremental release, which will be released free of charge contains incremental improvements and you seem surprised, why?

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