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Can you survive in Windows 8's modern UI alone?

  1. #21


    Never been to Heaven......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Initially, it felt like someone had put a patch over my right eye, with that blank screen on the right; but later it became evident that my workflow has slowed by around a factor of three, because I didn't have the luxury of the second screen. In the days of pure paper, you'd lay out documents on the desk and be able to look at them all at the same time and cross-reference etc while taking notes et al. Without the two screens, it's akin to having a desk only able to hold one document at a time.

    This is unbelievably frustrating.
    And that is one advantage I am finding in Linux. Not only can I have multiple windows open and laid out how I can easily see info on each for comparing, but I have 4 desktops total. I can be using one with multiple windows to do some work at home, another desktop with multiple windows open working on music etc...

    One program/window at a time at full screen is is absurd IMO

    Geeve

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  2. #22


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    Is there a desktop in RT? Because if not then it is possible to survive in Metro alone!
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by geeve420 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    Initially, it felt like someone had put a patch over my right eye, with that blank screen on the right; but later it became evident that my workflow has slowed by around a factor of three, because I didn't have the luxury of the second screen. In the days of pure paper, you'd lay out documents on the desk and be able to look at them all at the same time and cross-reference etc while taking notes et al. Without the two screens, it's akin to having a desk only able to hold one document at a time.

    This is unbelievably frustrating.
    And that is one advantage I am finding in Linux. Not only can I have multiple windows open and laid out how I can easily see info on each for comparing, but I have 4 desktops total. I can be using one with multiple windows to do some work at home, another desktop with multiple windows open working on music etc...

    One program/window at a time at full screen is absurd IMO

    Geeve
    Multiple desktops is an interesting idea, useful.

    Suggesting survival in the metro "alone" ... that is hypothetical because it cannot be done in Windows 8.

    Since someone dislikes how Windows 8 is designed and has expressed his/her disdain for months,
    I doubt that someone would appreciate the possibilities.

    Like cascade, side by side, snapping, app tasking and task switching. One can still do all those windowing tasks in Windows 8. Metro alone does not exist unless on a tablet.
    Unfortunately, for many, the existence of WinRT is a deal breaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruudfood View Post
    Is there a desktop in RT? Because if not then it is possible to survive in Metro alone!
    That's true. The OP title subject is hypothetical referencing metro only on a workstation, I think.
    I would like a holographic helper but they don't exist either.
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  5. #25


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    Hi there
    XP used to have multiple desktops -- 4 I think

    It's still available from the XP download site (MS) -- choose powertoys.

    So we've actually gone BACKWARDS since XP as this feature hasn't been available either in W7 or Win 8.
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    Didn't know that existed Jim! It would seem backwards then...

    I know for many many years Linux had this ability built in. As far as work flow goes it makes sense to me...

    Geeve

    Edit: I use Ubuntu now, I was a fedora guy for many years, then went to Pear, then Bohdi, then Mint, then Ubuntu. I could get Steam working in Ubuntu (with Play on Linux) as well as all of my componets without any headache or searching around. Everything just worked...

    Don't get me wrong, I used windows while dual booting but, just got worn out with it.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    XP used to have multiple desktops -- 4 I think
    It's still available from the XP download site (MS) -- choose powertoys.
    So we've actually gone BACKWARDS since XP as this feature hasn't been available either in W7 or Win 8.
    Screenshot enc

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Quote Originally Posted by geeve420 View Post
    Didn't know that existed Jim! It would seem backwards then...

    I know for many many years Linux had this ability built in. As far as work flow goes it makes sense to me...
    Geeve
    Multiple desktops are available for Windows 8 just as in Linux.

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  8. #28


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    Via third party, your back to the start button fiasco at that point.... relying on some other company to fix/offer the ability

    At least for XP it is from MS

    Geeve
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    Quote Originally Posted by geeve420 View Post
    Via third party, your back to the start button fiasco at that point....

    Geeve
    You lost me. What's all this Microsoft must provide you with everything you need under the sun?
    And anyway, how is installing a free start button a fiasco?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
    What's all this Microsoft must provide you with everything you need under the sun?
    Why is the term "third party" an unacceptable task?
    There are millions of programs available. They are all 3rd party.

    Before someone chimes in from a corporate environment, sorry, you can't have everything.
    Last edited by mdmd; 17 Apr 2013 at 11:04. Reason: reference to quote
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