Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th May 2014 16:58 UTC

iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple's iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development. These people say that the feature will allow iPad users to run and interact with two iPad applications at once. Up until now, each iPad application either developed by Apple or available on the App Store is only usable individually in a full-screen view.

The ability to use multiple applications simultaneously on a tablet's display takes a page out of Microsoft's playbook. Microsoft's Surface line of tablets has a popular "snap" multitasking feature that allows customers to snap multiple apps onto the screen for simultaneous usage. The feature is popular in the enterprise and in environments where users need to handle multiple tasks at the same time.

No, this is not a "page out of Microsoft's playbook". What is wrong with these people that features that have been part of computing for decades are now magically new just because they're on a mobile device?

Please, stop this madness.

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It's Revolutionary!
by tupp on Tue 13th May 2014 20:00 UTC
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Windows For Pen was released in 1992. Here it is running on a contemporary tablet (YouTube video, WARNING: TURN DOWN VOLUME):

See the overlapping windows? As Windows For Pen was a spin-off of Windows 3.1, no doubt it also had a tiling windows function.

Note that the person is navigating using his fingers -- not a stylus. Going from stylus to finger touch (and back) is perfectly natural/obvious and not innovation. Finger touch was around long before Windows For Pen was originally released.

Amazingly, here is what appears to be an Apple fanboy admitting prior art in regards Windows For Pen, without any pressure from non-fanboys (YouTube video): He boots Windows For Pen on his Ipad, but he can't seem to get it to fully function.

By the way, the only indication that this presenter might be an Apple fanboy is the tell-tale way in which he dismisses undeniable prior art with qualitative comments, such as. "... it's not that exciting," and with the line at the end, "Microsoft Windows For Pen computing is real, and it will boot-up on the Ipad... not that it would be that useful..."

Of course there is prior art to Windows For Pen in regards to the obvious capability of multiple windows on a tablet. PenPoint was released in 1991. Here is a 1994 demo of PenPoint showing overlapping windows (YouTube video): Certainly, there were predecessors to PenPoint.

Edited 2014-05-13 20:09 UTC

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RE: It's Revolutionary!
by Earl Colby pottinger on Tue 13th May 2014 20:16 in reply to "It's Revolutionary!"
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Thank you, your post came while I was editing mine.

Microsoft can be blamed for a lot of things including how they held off GO in the tablet field. But they clearly was there before Apple's.

Edited 2014-05-13 20:18 UTC

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