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In Windows 8 the desktop is "just another app"

MrSeb (471333) writes | more than 2 years ago

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MrSeb writes "Steven Sinofsky, president of Windows and Windows Live, has detailed how the tiled Metro interface and the standard Windows Desktop (with a capital D) will peacefully coincide. You will have complete control over which interface you use — and you can use both at once, if you like. Tablets (and devices missing a keyboard and mouse) will probably boot up in the Metro UI, but it isn’t clear what the default for desktop and laptop PCs will be. Implementation-wise, Sinofsky points out that the Windows Desktop will now be "just an app", in that you launch it by jabbing a tile in the tile-based Metro interface; in other words, it won't steal RAM or CPU cycles unless you actively want to use it."
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Microsoft falsely claiming innovation again (1)

JustNiz (692889) | more than 2 years ago | (#37268598)

Its funny how most every 'highly innovative idea" that Microsoft blow their own trumpet about has been either available or actually the standard in the Linux/Unix environment for years.

Perhaps in a few more years, Microsoft will finally come up with their highly original new concept that you won't need to load a graphics server or a window manager at all.

Re:Microsoft falsely claiming innovation again (1)

fireman sam (662213) | more than 2 years ago | (#37269370)

Reminds me of all the "I am Windows 7" ads. Every single idea that was new in Windows 7 had already been developed in Linux or OSX.

- Using a laptop as a replacement TV:
        - xawTV
        - me-tv
        - xine/mplayer
        - etc

        - eyetv (OSX)

- Tiling the windows on the desktop (Windows calls it snapping
        - This was a staple of the Linux window managers from the mid 90s

- There are others but I cannot think of them at the moment :(

it already is an app. (1)

BatGnat (1568391) | more than 2 years ago | (#37270958)

It is called explorer and you can change it.

For Windows 10 (1)

TheInternetGuy (2006682) | more than 2 years ago | (#37272204)

They will just take linux and wine and slap a logo andwindows activation on it
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