Tablet mode


As the owner of a surface I feel let down by the attention that has been paid to tablet mode on windows 10. It let’s down the experiance of using it as a tablet which I’d love to do more regulary. I can’t even point to one thing that needs to change other than everything. I get they market it as a laptop now but come on the hardware could be so much more. I also understand the argument that because nobody uses tablet mode then it’s not worth the effort but nobody will use it until they make it better. Come on Microsoft this is lazy

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12 responses to “Tablet mode”

  1. hrlngrv

    I've read this many times over the last 2 year. Seems Windows 8.1 was the acme of Windows tablet OSes.

    That said, I never saw the point to horizontal rather than vertical scrolling. I guess I wasn't made for Windows 8.x.

  2. TheJoeFin

    Tablet mode in Windows 10 is not good. There is no clear focus or design around how it should work. With Windows 8 Microsoft was correct in identifying that people hold tablets on each side and all controls should be on the sides where people can reach them. Windows 10 Tablet Mode requires users to hold the device with one hand and reach to the middle of the screen to do so much.

    In my dream world Microsoft will refocus on Tablet Mode when they release a new ARM based Surface in the next 6-9 months.

    • ecumenical

      In reply to TheJoeFin:

      Agreed with all of this. Win8 wasn't necessarily the most "discoverable," but it was very thoughtfully designed for a touch user. Win10 not so much. And some things seem like they would be obvious, e.g. bringing back the app "flipping" by swiping in from left and having a swipe in and out open the task viewer. It'd also be nice if we could have two sets of Action Center quick commands so that I could replace "project" with "rotation lock" automatically, for example.

  3. polloloco51

    I agree! The tablet mode in Windows 10, isn't that great, but it is not bad either! I think Windows 8 had a perfect tablet experience. It is unfortunate, Microsoft got rid of the Windows 8 start screen themes, like the dynamic designs.

    Microsoft had to compromise, to improve the usability of the UI on laptops and desktops. if you looked at Windows 8, when it came out. It was not friendly for traditional PCs.

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to polloloco51:

      No, MSFT didn't need to compromise. MSFT could have provided different UI sets for phones, tablets and PCs if MSFT had wanted to. Instead, MSFT believed (may still believe) one UI across tablets and PCs is best for MSFT. That it may not be best for Windows tablet users may be a matter of indifference to MSFT.

      That said, there are at least a dozen Windows 7 or earlier Start menu replacements, so there'd appear to be a sufficient number of PC users willing to pay for the ones which aren't cost-free. [Disclaimer: I use Classic Shell, which is free, but I donated to the project.] It seems there aren't a sufficient number of Windows tablet users willing to pay developers for a Windows 8.x tablet experience. Or there aren't any Windows developers interested in doing so for a reasonable price.

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to polloloco51:

      Or they could have simply made the "Tablet Mode" toggle make it work identically to Windows 8.

      • hrlngrv

        In reply to jimchamplin:

        The exact same could have been said about Windows 8 since previous Windows versions had included options to allow users to use the previous version's launcher. Even Windows 95 and NT4 came with Program Manager. Windows 8 introduced MSFT's new philosophy: use the new UI or go @#$% yourself. Appears MSFT has continued that into Windows 10.

        • ecumenical

          In reply to hrlngrv:

          Indeed, "use the new UI or else" is such an important part of the MS philosophy that they ripped out the new UI one version later in response to all the complaints from people like you. :rolleyes:

          • hrlngrv

            In reply to ecumenical:

            Just as it would have been better for both MSFT and PC users had MSFT included a Windows 7-like Start menu with Windows 8, it would have been better for both MSFT and tablet users had MSFT included a Windows 8-like Start screen with Windows 10.

            As mentioned above, MSFT used to do this. That was wise. The modest customizability MSFT now provides is inadequate.

            As long as MSFT continues to be foolish, they'll continue to receive complaints, and in all likelihood overreact and ensure their foolishness continues.

  4. Polycrastinator

    Absolutely. Windows 10 is clearly better for traditional form factors, but I don't understand why they felt the need to wreck the tablet interface at the same time when a less radical redesign would have created a better experience on tablets. I used to use my Surface Pro in tablet mode on a semi regular basis, these days, I do so rarely because it's just so clunky in comparison.

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