webwit wrote:When they were ahead, people could name hundreds of things which were better. The dock this, the dock that. Now the Windows 7 taskbar is ahead, it is no longer a subject of comparison.
I'm very curious about why you think that is. I've been using Windows 7 since its release, and since the final SP1 was available online (months before its public release) it has been my primary operating system.
The taskbar in 7 is absolutely horrible to use, and makes Windows' ironically terrible window management even less functional than it was before.
Now when I switch to my web browser, I have to pick a tab from a row of thumbnails that pop up. Have more than one window open in an application? No way to quickly switch over to it.
Just last night I was actually trying to get some work done on it, while discussing things over Live messenger. Every time they sent a message, I had to click the WLM icon, and then select them from the thumbnails that popped up. When you're getting multiple messages a minute, and are trying to wrestle with four or five other applications, each with multiple documents open, looking for specific data inside them, you really notice how inefficient this is, and how much it slows things down.
Can't quickly alt-tab between things either, because that lists every single window you have open and all the documents I was going through looked identical.
On a Mac, if you click on an application in the dock, it brings all of its windows to the foreground. If you hold option (alt) it brings them to the foreground and hides everything else. If you hold the mouse down on it for a second, it shows all of that application's windows in exposé, letting you select which one you want brought to the foreground.
When switching between applications via the keyboard, you have two commands - one to switch between applications, and one to switch between windows inside an application. So if I'm looking through several documents at once in a PDF viewer, and have a conversation about those documents going on at the same time, I just hit CMD+Tab to switch between those two tasks instantly. If I'm currently reading a PDF in preview and need to switch to another document that's open, I hit CMD + ` to cycle through those windows. I don't have to hit Alt+Tab a varying number of times (depending on how many documents I switched to between messages) and actually look at the specific name of what document/conversation I want to switch to is.
I also have hot corners set up for exposé - if I mouse up to the top-right corner of the screen, my desktop is shown. Windows finally added something similar in 7 with aero peek, except I can't be dragging files, move to the corner while still holding them, and then relocate them. If I view the desktop with aero peek and then do anything, hitting the button just hides what I've done since then, rather than bringing all my other windows back - that only happens if I didn't do anything, making it absolutely useless to me.
If I mouse over the bottom-left corner of the screen, I'm shown all currently open windows, and if I mouse over the bottom-right of the screen, I'm shown all open windows in the current application. Once you get used to using this, it is considerably slower going back to using Windows.
In addition, there is some great virtual desktop management built into OSX, so you can separate out tasks to their own workspace.
In OSX, menus are tied to a system menu bar rather than being in the window of an application, giving you much more real-estate for actually getting work done in multiple windows, and ensuring that items are always in the same location. Windows seems mostly designed around only having one application open at a time in a maximised window. The only real exception to that is the new Aero snap, which is about the first good thing Microsoft has introduced with regard to window management. Personally I use Irradiated Software
's Cinch and Size-Up on my Mac to add both this functionality, and the ability to quickly size windows into more of an 80/20 view, which lets me have a larger window for what I'm primarily working on, with a smaller "companion" window open at the side.
Also: the whole registry, and installing applications situation is a complete pain in Windows. Right now, I've just added a few more terrabytes to my main system, and want to move my boot drive off an ageing 500GB drive onto one of the new drives, but I can't just install windows to it and copy my applications over. I really need to do a fresh install of Windows and re-install every single application again. The only exception to this really seems to be Steam for games, which lets you just copy the files over to a new drive and takes care of the rest.
And don't get me started on the Ribbon UI that Microsoft is pushing everywhere...
I tried to get a Macbook. A Macbook without MacOS. I tried real hard. They don't let me.
You can't buy it without Mac OSX, but that's only costing you the equivalent of $29. (what it costs to buy new) It's trivial if you want to set up Windows on a MacBook and only ever run Windows/Linux on it.
mSSM wrote:When I want to get work done, I am particularly not using Windows or MacOS or Gnome or KDE or whatever. All of those systems have TERRIBLE usability.
you use then?!