Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Jun 2013 16:41 UTC
Windows Microsoft has released the Windows 8.1 preview for download, but they region-locked it to 13 specific languages, and Dutch is not one of them. So, even though my Surface RT has been completely and utterly English from the day I bought it, I can't install Windows 8.1 and tell you something about it. Those of you who can download it, why don't you tell us what it's like - or you can head to The Verge who got early access. In case you couldn't tell, I'm a little annoyed that we're arbitrarily being left out once again.
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RE[7]: Start Button Useless??
by ricegf on Fri 28th Jun 2013 11:11 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Start Button Useless??"
ricegf
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2007-04-25

Windows 8 apps were only optionally full screen - from day one you've had the option of having two apps side by side. This is pretty much the opposite of full screen.


I would argue that the option of having a maximum of two apps side by side is right over there next to having a maximum of one app full screen.

The opposite of both is a windowing operating system that allows the user to arrange applications in the most useful configuration - which on a desktop with a mouse and keyboard, is the productive system IMHO.

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RE[8]: Start Button Useless??
by Nelson on Fri 28th Jun 2013 11:35 in reply to "RE[7]: Start Button Useless??"
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2005-11-29

And you're entitled to that opinion, but I don't share it. Window management is a chore in my opinion. You have this Window here, let me drag it out of the way to get to my other Window, or let me dig through this stack of open Windows to find the one I want.

This is why a lot of WMs have various things to help out. One feature I'd point out is Windows 7's Aero Snap which lets you easily snap two apps side by side.

This feature was expanded upon with Windows 8.1 to support variable snapped views and up to four apps per monitor (resolution/display dimensions permitting).

In addition, single Metro apps can open multiple views within the same app and snap them side by side -- or they can launch other Metro apps and snap them side by side.

I realize this is nothing groundbreaking given traditional windowing managers, but it is a solid improvement and does bring back at least some flexibility when managing your open Metro apps.

Certainly it could be said that it enables many of the work flows that some here complained were not possible with Windows 8.

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