June 1, 2011

‘It’s the heaviness of the Mac that allows iOS to remain light’

John Gruber on the Windows 8 demonstration that was made earlier today:

The new Windows 8 touch-based UI, revealed earlier today at the D9 Conference, looks good. It’s clearly drawn from the same inspiration as Windows Phone 7, and shows some seriously innovative UI thinking. The idea of tiles rather than icons is rich, and strikes me as even better-suited to bigger screens than phones. The snapping concept is an interesting way to make use of a bigger screen to show two apps at once. Displaying side-by-side content isn’t possible on iOS, and no one’s yet solved that problem in the post-windows (note lowercase “w”) UI landscape.



  1. Cindy Scroggins on June 2nd, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Your title from Gruber’s piece reminds me of the opening lines of one of Daryl’s poems:

    When they fall, it is the heaviness
    of the air that pushes them down

    Not sure I got the line break right.

    Sorry. Just free-associating this morning.