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Windows 8 UI may clone Spaces, add window 'leaps'

updated 12:05 pm EST, Wed March 2, 2011

Windows 8 UI proposals include multiple desktops

The discovery of Microsoft India researcher Manoj Manduva's portfolio has given clues as to some of the interface features that may show in Windows 8. The proposal would include multiple virtual desktops that would include an "advanced desktop mode." Its basic template would appear to be a reaction to Spaces in Mac OS X, which itself was refining concepts already in use in Linux and Unix.

A more original concept might tie into plans for a tablet-friendly interface. Users would have the option of 'leaping' windows that would let users forward or backwards. Although it could theoretically work with mouse clicks, it may be designed more for using finger flicks and other gestures to quickly switch windows.

The last proposed change would bring in smart sticky notes that could have their own reminders and support web links.

While put forward as a collaboration with academics to improve Windows 8, it's not yet known how many if any of Manduva's features will reach the shipping version. Microsoft has only just finished Milestone 2 and still has at least one more milestone before it reaches a beta that would show the largely complete interface. The proposal nonetheless implies that Microsoft is planning to continue the back-and-forth use of ideas between itself and rivals. [via ZDNet]

by MacNN Staff



  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I only want

    to read about Windows 8 after it has shipped.

    If then.

  1. shiggie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Some of that stuff looks pretty cool. But "Leaps"? It's like they tried for Apple's simplicity of naming, yet fall just a bit off.

  1. samirsshah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Instead of what IOS on iPad and Honeycomb do

    Windows 8 on tablets can have three UI and application running modes...

    Windows 8 tablet (the latest and greatest touch interface)
    Metro (so that I can run Windows Phone 7 apps)
    Classic (some Windows apps that are so important or are so legacy but I need them)

    i would rather move away from 'virtual desktops". I want to keep things simple for users.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    cloning spaces?

    Is that like how Apple cloned spaces from various Unix/Linux iterations?

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