First Ring Daily Live: Everyone Gets a Confusion

Posted on August 30, 2019 by Brad Sams in First Ring Daily, Podcasts with 2 Comments

On this live edition of First Ring Daily, there’s a new UI for Windows but it looks the same or is it different?

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2 responses to “First Ring Daily Live: Everyone Gets a Confusion”

  1. SvenJ


    Hard to believe you don't know what happens when you flip a Surface keyboard back, or rip it off. First off all it is selectable, as it should be.

    Option one - do nothing. Stay in whichever mode you were in, desktop or tablet.

    Option two - switch to the mode appropriate for the new hardware configuration. Tablet if there is no keyboard (folded back, ripped off), Desktop if the keyboard is available.

    Option three - ask what to do, if a hardware change is detected. Notification slides in from the side, says 'it looks like you lost your keyboard, would you like to enable Tablet mode, Yes/No.' If you don't respond, it does nothing.


    It appears this 'new' mode is for people who hate Tablet mode (Paul), but might benefit from some enhanced touchability in Desktop mode, if they have their keyboard folded back, are using the device in tent mode, or have the keyboard off, Surface Pro/Surface Book. We had this option in Windows 7, for the few devices that allowed touch, pen, tablet configurations. It was seen most readily in Office products, largely in the ribbon.


    Yea, MSs description is dismal, because what is missing is what triggers this. Does it just happen when it thinks it should (in desktop mode). Or does it have three options, selectable, for touch friendliness in Desktop, as well as the current three options. Settings overload.


    I sure hope this is not going to wind up the default for Windows Lite, as it appears no different than what existed in Win 7. That was ineffective on small tablet devices, think HP Slate, or big ones, think Motion computing. MSs failure to make any substantive strides in touch UI in Win 7 is what delayed their entry into this space, and developer interest in supporting it.

  2. Rob_Wade

    I use my Surface Pros 50% of the time as tablets (meaning I don't have the type cover attached or folded behind). But I run ALL devices in Tablet Mode because that's at LEAST better than non-TM. But, make no mistake, Windows 10 is TOUCH-SPITEFUL, period. You can't make any case that it's not. And this issue is NOT just about "spacing between buttons". Everything is TOO SMALL. If they get rid of the live tiles and Start Menu as I know it now, then they have solidified the fact that every person at Microsoft is a moron.

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