My Gripe with Windows8 so far

OK guys, We all welcome Microsoft innovation on the new Windows8 platform, we all think its going to be a success and give the competition a run for their money. However, I have two points to gripe with, things that are getting me worried about what MS has shown so far about Windows8:

1. Portrait Mode:
I guess this is still too early to bitch, but I have a nasty feeling Windows8 is being designed Landscape-centric. This will be a big put-off on Tablets which is made for data consumption. I.e. browsing and reading. Like Arguino said in the Computex video, the browser is most used App; 60% of computing time is done in the browser, and browsers are made for reading like a paper, i.e. portrait mode! I hope they come clean quickly on Portrait mode. I don’t care how they handled tiles in portrait, maybe reflow them or something, but please give a great portrait experience.

2. 16:10 Docking:
I hate the fact that Windows8 SNAP will not support 16:10 screens. What is wrong with a 1200×800 resolution? It is bridge between 16:9 and 4:3 screens, and perfect for portrait computing! Anyone ever held a 16:9 screen in portrait mode? It feels out of place, it doesn’t obey Fibonacci numbers, the shape of nature. Its like you are holding a slab instead of holding a slate. And they are horrible for pen-computing. I’ll prefer 16:10 screen anytime over 16:9 because I have more portrait screen estate. Your printing paper format is in 16:10(Fibonacci compliant, very natural). So why Microsoft? What is so bad about docking apps on the EP121 slate? Give us a break here will ya? We all agree that 4:3 screen have no place for docking but, please reconsider docking for 1200×800.

What about Larger Monitors?
And while we are still at it, what happens if I have a ginormous monitor, even a 4:3 at that? I consider it a waste of screen estate if I can only dock vertically on a larger screen. Anything above 20 inch should dock both vertically and horizontally! Why can’t I have some kind of a ticker app running horizontally at the bottom of my screen and have my main window in the middle. What if I have a 30 inch screen? Please let Windows8 adapt for more docking possibilities.

[Update: 2012-06-15] For those of you reading this piece after such a long time of its original publication, I have confirmed Windows 8 supports Portrait mode, and like someone commented here below, SNAP is supported on any screen with Horizontal resolution greater than or equal to 1376. Also I have concluded that Windows 8 is primarily built for Horizontal mode. No doubt we will see 4:3 portrait Win8 tablets, but they are all primarily 16:9 designed. I have in meantime gotten used to using Windows 8 in its horizontal mode. It took getting used to, but now I enjoy the horizontal panning on the OS.

For Fibonacci natural shapes:…

6 thoughts on “My Gripe with Windows8 so far

  1. 1. You are spending way to much time on the internet.
    2. I hope that Win8 works a bit on normal computers. From what i have seen portrait mode is only handy with tablets. I don’t really see a reason to use that on a normal computers.


  2. We still don’t know if Windows 8 will support portrait…but if Redmond wishes to make 8 a tablet competiton that gives the Apple a run for its money…they undoubtely have to make it a portrait supported! Just because they only showed landscape, doens’t mean there will be portrait, as for the Snap it only makes sense for it to be specific to monitor sizes…imagine trying to snap a window to a miniNetbook with a 4:3 screen….Impossible!!!Redmond has to dicate the hardware of the techonology in order to make their software, Windows 8, look as good as it can get!


    • I have, since I published that topic, come to a different position on the matter. I will write article about it shortly.


  3. Oh by the way Redmond is just another word for Microsoft…for those of you that don’t know


  4. I too prefer 16:10 screens. I think snap works as long as there are more than 1366 horizontal pixels.


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