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  • Net Neutrality has a new champion

    , Icthiodrak wrote

    @JohnAskew:  The unfortunate thing is because Obama said it then it will instantly be opposed.  Republicans decided that the best thing for this country is to do nothing for 8 years just to spite a single person.  People still vote these idiots in and think it is a good thing.  I am at a loss...

    I will just leave this here...


    Has nothing to do with Obama, Republicans came out against Net Neutrality a long time ago, way before Obama stepped into the issues. Its ideological, not political. Some conservatives are just instinctively anti-regulation.


  • Stop thinking in binary Desktop vs. Tablet UI design

    OneDrive has a much better photo viewing experience than Explorer.

    They really need to modernize Explorer in many ways. Modern style, photo browsing like OneDrive, better metadata management. Currently, you either turn the Details pane on, or you right click and it brings you to the tiny, old-style Property window.The full window photo with the carousel list at at the bottom would be nice, rather than just an option for a full screen slideshow.

    And of course I'd like them to fulfill some of the promises they made with WinFS on meta-data management but that's a whole other issue entirely.

    I really don't know what the heck they're doing with Libraries. I've seen some people on the web say "get rid of them!" and Microsoft seems to be trying to hide them. But your computer uses them and they're useful. So, I just don't know what's going on with that...

  • Stop thinking in binary Desktop vs. Tablet UI design

    Pinned taskbar apps I meant :> Just reread my comment.

  • Stop thinking in binary Desktop vs. Tablet UI design

    , magicalclick wrote

    Well, the fly out is easier to use. And is was right there in the charm. Also for most users, their head explodes when seeing the professional control panel.

    Its clean, takes a clear visual focus, and friendly and its pretty elegant to use, the wizard-style setup all from one place makes it function a lot smoother. I don't think the popout will work as nice. 

    They would need to make it easier to cut and paste things like network keys.

  • Stop thinking in binary Desktop vs. Tablet UI design

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote


    This! IMO Windows should have a single windowing model that works equally well for tablets and desktops. Something similar to the Windows Store app snap feature could be used to snap virtual desktops and the normal desktop windowing system would then be used for window management in each virtual desktop. This would be useful for giant 4K+ monitors in creating virtual displays for both Windows Store apps and desktop apps.

    Further extending on your idea I'd like to be able to:

    1. An option to target launching Windows Store apps to a specific virtual desktop or to spawn a new virtual desktop for each app. (You could go crazy here and make it like Modern Mix where each app's behavior is tracked and restored when re-opened - open on current desktop, named desktop, or new desktop. Note: ModernMix doesn't track virtual desktop setting -- just Window style.) 
    2. An option to enable/disable or hide the taskbar on specific virtual desktops along with the ability to set the default for new virtual desktops created. 
    3. An option to launch Windows Store Apps always in full screen, full screen windowed, or desktop windowed mode. (Again like ModernMix)
    4. An option to enable moving apps between desktops via touch or mouse drag & drop.

    Well, we need to have customization of virtual desktops first. Each should be able to have its own unique taskbar and unique pinned tiles. Each its own desktop wallpaper and other personalization options. Then you could set them up for different tasks, and save them permanently. Pin them each separately to your Start Screen or Start Menu if you roll that way, and identify them by the wallpaper, and perhaps it shows running or pinned app icons on the tile.

    The current state of virtual desktops is Ok but ultimately not as useful as it could be.

  • Stop thinking in binary Desktop vs. Tablet UI design

    , MasterPi wrote


    Maybe it has something to do with this?


    Yes, but that just suggests that they're going to make a popup for it like they did for the Search and Notifications.

    I think the flyout is better, and would work better for Search and Notifications too.

  • Stop thinking in binary Desktop vs. Tablet UI design

    , bondsbw wrote


    I agree with your whole post, but this is my main gripe.  Metro snap is something I would love to see desktop apps have the ability to use, not removing it from Metro apps.

    I think it would be cool to snap two virtual desktops side-by-side. They'd have to choose which taskbar to have the Start button on, like with Multi-mon.

  • Microsoft Watch

    , RealBboy360 wrote

    These watches are so stupid.  No one needs a watch unless it's for fashion.  (Who's going to have a smart watch and not a phone?)

    I wear a non-fashion watch, but the smart watches defeat the purpose for some uses. I like it because I don't always charge my phone battery and let it run out, plus I also wear during sports activities where I can't have a lot of stuff in my pocket.

    I guess for sports purposes, some people would like smart watches though, with all sorts of features like timers, pulse monitors and so on. Digital watches used to do all that.

  • Stop thinking in binary Desktop vs. Tablet UI design

    , magicalclick wrote

    In short, they removed the settings Charm? I like thE Charm actually. I got used to just slide out the Charm and turn off my PC. Now, I was like, yikes, removed.

    Yep, it was nice. Its part of my point, some people have decided these are "Tablet features" and don't realize they're nice on the Desktop too.

    And actually I noticed you can't even access it through Windows+C and the charms bar. You click on the WiFi icon in the Settings fly-out and it brings you to the Settings window.

    I don't think small is necessarily good on desktops. It seems some power users do like it, but thinking as a UI designer, I find big is sometimes better design. The Office UI has also been moving away from dialogue boxes to other ways of presenting things. Print/Open/Info etc are now moved into the File screen. The Options window and the dialogue boxes that still are in the UI (Font/Paragraph) feel out of place and like they need updating.

  • Stop thinking in binary Desktop vs. Tablet UI design

    So, I updated to the latest build of Windows 10, and I saw they took out the WiFi fly-out for the Desktop. It now goes to the Settings window for Network settings.
    Maybe eventually there'll be a popup, like we have for Notifications and Search.
    But, why though? The fly-out was very elegant. It would fly out right where the Notification area was, and because it would take up the length of the screen your cursor was right over it, and when you clicked anywhere else on the screen it would go away. It worked, and it was very nice. Compared to that, a popup feels very cramped and very unpolished. The Notifications popup is not impressive, and neither is the Search popup. I'm thinking these would work better as fly-outs as well.
    I'm happy that Microsoft is working on making the OS more flexible for everyone, but I'm not happy that they're assuming these things are not "Desktop features" but "Tablet features" and deciding that nobody on the Desktop wants them.
    As a laptop user, I also liked the idea of the whole Settings fly-out, because you had things like WiFi, Brightness, Keyboard layout etc all in a very accessible place, and this list could be easily expanded to include more settings as time went on. Of course, I have some of these on the Notification area, but not all of them and even if I put them in the "hidden" state, that's not a very elegant way to use them.
    I also still use the full screen Start Screen, just because I like the ability of the Start Screen as an app launcher, to arrange my apps into groups. Hopefully groups and so on will eventually make its way into the Start Menu too, but I'll probably still be using the full screen because I'll have it fully populated where I have to scroll it, and my screen isn't that huge; its a laptop.
    Currently, its annoying on the Start Screen to have to go into a tiny two-item context menu to get into settings. The whole context menu on the Start Screen also makes it more clumsy, because in order to select more than one item you have to go into the arrange mode (press Space). The taskbar being up by default also makes scrolling more difficult. (And in fact sometimes its sticky, and doesn't go away, or sticky and hard to bring back up).
    It feels like they crippled Start Screen use for Desktop users because they decided Desktop users don't want it. Plus, I don't see how they're going to put group functions on the Start Menu in any elegant way with context menus. Are we going to have to press Space on the Start Menu to arrange things, just like on the Start Screen?
    Sidebar-ish like RT apps also made sense in some instances over complicated window snapping.
    Look, there are many good things Microsoft is doing. Its good that RT apps can be windowed, and its good that people have the flexibility of using Start as a menu rather than as a full screen. But seriously, why are people so obsessed with windows, popups, and context menus for Desktop UI design? They simply aren't always the best UI choice. This has nothing to do with touch.
    "Continuum" so far seems designed to be a binary Tablet vs. Desktop concept, and then transitional UI where a PC can act as both a tablet and desktop computers. This isn't good, it assumes some features are Tablet features and some features are Desktop features. They need to get out of this binary way of thinking. They're being too reactionary so far, listening too much to the biggest cranks, and doing a reverse 100% on design, instead of finding a smart middle-ground.