multiple desktops defeats task-oriented purpose

i don’t understand the added desktops in windows 10. like in Ubuntu Gnome desktop, the added desktop windows make it a type of extension. you can have icons or files on one that do not show up on the others.

but in windows 10, the added desktop windows are duplications. are mirrors of each other. so the only reason to have a second or third desktop window would be to have different programs open on them. in which case it’s the same thing to shuffle through three program windows on one desktop, as it is to shuffle through three desktop windows with one program on each.

so i don’t get it. feels like there has to be something i’m missing. i suppose if you are a user that leaves bunches of programs running at the same time….the multiple desktops as mirrors could still be used to categorize what you have up and running. but i’m not seeing how there is such a great need for that.

i think it’s there to impress the users that have never used Ubuntu or any of the other free Linux systems that have multiple desktop environments. so a multiple desktop on windows 10 seems like an amazing thing. i see it as mostly annoying though is a way to “scroll” through open programs if you are on a windows tablet or touchscreen, i guess. unless that feature is not there for the touchscreen and still involves having to click a window manager to switch between desktops.

i just think all the programming for that is going in the wrong direction. instead of more programs and more windows, why not a simplification for what the user is on the computer for in the first place. is not like there are that many categories.

social sites
production aka work

so based on what you are looking to do at the moment, it could bring up a different user interface for that, and do superfetch for just the programs pertaining to that category. work computers could have social and game sections locked out. the beginning screen would just be a friendly 7 buttons, not a mess of icons on a desktop or in a start folder.

i saw something similar to that idea on a late-night ad for a computer built for seniors. but i think the concept of simplifying how many things you can do at one time, is worth exploring. rather than more things, and more windows and desktop environments that are really taking a powerful programming and using it for what amounts to show and tell. focus on the TASK, why is this person on the computer in the first place….and then hone efficiency to get them on and off the computer in a decent timeframe.

instead we have what amounts to the rich-person’s hedge-maze by the mansion up the hill. and i wouldn’t object, because mazes are fun afterall…..but maybe if things were a little more task-oriented we could all find our lives again, on the computer as well as off the computer.


2 Replies to “multiple desktops defeats task-oriented purpose”

  1. I like things simple. Not seen windows 10 but have to say that although new versions if software are being issued as if fired from a machine gun production line, that they are getting far too complicated and unedifying.

    1. I agree, too involved in what they CAN do verses what they should do. Very little guidance at the helm, I think. Windows 10 is in the beta stage, but even though not primed for general release yet–the changes from 8 to ten are big steps backwards. not the first time that I’ve preferred the older incarnation of an operating system, but the first time I’m surprised that it’s Windows that totally botched progress.

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