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]