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spacesviewMuch is being made lately of Microsoft (s msft) Windows 7 and it’s new taskbar. I’ve been running the beta myself and consider it a nice improvement over Vista. One of the improvements is in the area of window management. The new taskbar shows previews of all the open windows in an app when you hover the mouse over it, and will switch to that window if you click it. 

While the above is nice, I’ve seen a few comparisons of this windows management to that of Apple’s (s aapl) Dock. The problem there is that OS X’s windows management is not handled by the Dock. About the only “window management” you get from the dock is that if you right-click an icon the popup menu will list open windows. Big deal. 

If you want to compare Windows 7’s windows management to that of OS X, then you have to compare the new taskbar features to that of Apple’s Expose and Spaces. In this comparison, in my opinion, Windows 7 falls far short. 

spaces-prefsOne thing to consider is that Spaces is fully customizable, and you really should look into the way you work and set it accordingly. By default there are four spaces, but for my work I decided that six made the most sense. I’ve set them up as follows: 

  • Space 1 – My information space. Mail, Address Book and iCal run here. 
  • Space 2 – My “web” space. NetNewsWire and Safari run here. I probably spend more time in this space than any other. 
  • Space 3 – My music space. Generally, iTunes is always running here, and GarageBand opens here as well. 
  • Space 4 – My productivity space. All the iWorks apps open here. 
  • Space 5 – My media space. Aperture, iPhoto, iMovie, Graphic Converter, and others open here. 
  • Space 6 – My “Microsoft” space. VMWare Fusion (I have VMs for XP and Win7) and Microsoft’s Remote Desktop open here. So does Firefox, since its home page is set to quickly check my Outlook email. 

In addition to the above, I have numerous apps designated to “float” from space to space. Essentially, these follow me to any space I enter. A few of these are: 

  • iChat
  • TextEdit
  • Preview
  • Finder
  • Dictionary
  • Skitch

There are more, but the idea is these are apps I don’t want to be “cut off” from just by swapping spaces. 

With all the above, Spaces and Expose work beautifully together to make a boatload of open apps and windows seems trivial. Easiest way to show this is via some screenshots. 

Below is Space 5 (you can see the number in the menu bar). I generally run my media apps full screen. 


Below is the same space with Expose activated. You can see I have TextEdit and iChat open, and since they follow me from space to space they are available here. 


Below is Space 5 with Spaces activated. You can see all I’ve got going on with this shot. The front window in each space is what happens to be in front at the time I invoked spaces. 


Now let’s take this to the final step, and invoke Expose after Spaces. You can see that every window is available to me with just a click, no matter what space it’s in. 


I am constantly switching windows, so another important form of customization is in how you choose to invoke Expose and Spaces. 

On later model Macs F3 invokes Expose, and on the unibody MacBooks a four-finger swipe down does the same thing. Since I think the glass trackpad on the unibodies is one of he greatest Apple advancements in recent years, I always use it to invoke Expose. However, aside from the four-finger gesture, I’ve set it to activate when I move to the upper right screen corner. As for Spaces, by default it’s in the Dock, but I remove that and invoke it by moving the cursor to the lower left screen corner. Since I’m right-handed, the gestures to lower-left and upper-right screen corners are most natural to me, and make switching windows incredibly fast. 

The beauty of Apple’s windows management implementation is that by spreading out your apps among various spaces, no one space ever tends to overwhelm you. Personally, I never need to hide apps any more. 

Further, there are customizations of Spaces for switching between spaces, or switching directly to a space, with the keyboard. And Expose has customizations to show all windows, or just those of the current app, or clearing all windows and showing just the desktop. The latter is particularly helpful in that once the desktop is exposed it’s “live”. By that I mean you don’t just get to view it, as Windows 7’s desktop feature allows, but you can actually grab icons and “hold” them while sliding the app windows back in “underneath” what you’re holding.  

In my opinion, Mac OS X’s windows management is still light-years ahead of Windows 7. If you’re not taking advantage of what OS X offers in this regard, then you’re missing out on some very efficient ways to work.

47 Responses to “Apple Mac OS X Window Management: Way Ahead of Windows 7”

  1. Chris

    Hi – I have always been a windows user, and was quite excited when switching to Vista all those years ago as it seemed a much needed bit of polish. But I found it so unstable and clunky I was pulling my hair out… a lot! So that – and getting into Rails and seeing every screencast done on a Mac/Textmate/proper command line – had me really wanting to move to Mac OS.

    I got my wife a macbook about 3 months ago and being a bit of a geek I had already learnt all the tips and handy stuff. And we both really liked it. In fact I was really counting the days before I got my 17″ MBP and ditching windows altogether.

    But now I’m using Windows 7 RC on my laptop, I have to say I’m now finding Leopard a bit clunky to use from a window management/efficiency point of view. I sat in the car and used the Mac for several hours last night trying to be productive instead of messing about, and there are several things that annoy me that I take for granted now in windows.

    I’m not listing these as a Win vs Mac fight, but because I want to move to Mac and I want to know from any of you if there are ways around these things, or if I’m being thick and missing something.

    OK – first thing… I minimise a window in Mac OS, and it disappears from alt-TAB or expose completely. I can’t just just get it out of my way but get back to it using fast switcing. I have to use my mouse to go back to the dock. Really annoying. Why can’t I minimise it so it doesn’t distract me, but be able to see it as a still running program?

    Second, I find it annoying to have to use alt-TAB to switch to the application, and then move to alt-‘ to find the relevant window. In Win7 I just alt-TAB and can settle on any window that’s open.

    Third, and this is where I find Win7 really shines… when I hover over the IE button in taskbar, EVERY webpage i have open is shown as a preview. It doesn’t matter whether they’re in tabs or different browsers… it treats each as an individual. So I can go straight to a page I want without having to find the browser window first and then the correct tab. I spend so much time online now, especially at work where we provide a lot of online apps, this saves so much time. This would be doubly useful for Mas OS because I find Safari so innconsistent in behaviour. I set it to open links in a new tab, and sometimes it does and sometimes it opens a new browser. So after a few hours work it’s quite hard to find the page I’m actually after.

    Fourth… I can actually close windows from the mini previews too. Really useful. This would be sooooo easy in expose…. imagine how useful it would be to use expose (especially within Spaces) to show all your open windows (including minimised ones) and being able to just close all the things now redundant really quickly. This feature is also useful in conjuction with being able to see each webpage as a preview rather than each browser window. It’s normal to be researching something and have a dozen pages open across browser windows which you want to quickly tidy up. Being able to see them all regardless of which window it’s actually in and then close them is cool.

    fifth – aero shake, aero peek, flip 3d,etc etc. They’re all quite gimmicky and not that much value. I don’t really need to be able to seee my desktop, especially when i can’t then do anything on it like launch an icon. Mac better here. But it’s very useful to be able to hover over a preview (especially of a minimised window) to temporarily be able to see the contents without having to actually change anything around on screen. I’m trying to write a report on research I’ve done, but I can’t quite remember a couple of facts on a few webpages. Rather than switch to a browser and navigate between tabs, I can just hover over each preview to see it on screen, and in 2 secs I’ve got the info, moved my mouse off the preview and then i’m right back typing my report again. No switching required.

    I really want to get my new shiny mac and make the final move. But suddenly I find myself liking windows more than i ever have because of these little things. So… you apple guys out there… are there some third party add-ons or things I’m missing that might help??

    sorry for being verbose… it’s friday, and i’m not in a work mood right now :O)

  2. blinkdt

    I think most of the Mac users here really have not taken the time to explore Windows 7. Not that a lot of time is needed. As for the XP users who “switched” and are now confirmed Windows haters, too bad for you. Microsoft really did it right with 7, they should have skipped the RC and gone right to market.

    Regarding the expose hype here, I’d rather not move around switching views to get to what I’m using and working with. It’s about as useful as that SphereXP thing or Beryl. With 7, it’s all a click away from the new taskbar. Microsoft has done the GUI right.

  3. Martin FIsher

    As a Mac & Windows user I can see why people like the anchored menu bar on the mac, but I have a 30″ screen and moving the mouse up to the top of the screen for every app is giving my carpal tunnel. At least on Windows I only have to move to the top of the open app.

  4. I’m a developer using the Eclipse IDE, now under Mac OS. Man, oh man… am I glad to finally be on a Mac with window management like this. IMO the only OS that even comes close to having this combination of stability, speed and functionality through hardware acceleration is Ubuntu Linux with options like Beryl. But in comparison even to Ubuntu, Mac OS doesn’t screw around with 3D for 3D’s sake — it uses hardware acceleration for no reason other than to facilitate rapid workflows. Nice work, Apple.

  5. Spaces shouldn’t really be considered part of windows management, it’s a virtual desktop manager that allows multiple desktops that you can switch between.
    If you happen to like that kind of thing virtual desktops were available from MS for Windows XP as a Powertoy, but they haven’t bothered to support it in Vista or Windows 7 since they seem to be focusing on how to make tons of stuff work on a singular space. Spaces is a pretty good implementation of virtual desktop spaces, but it’s not really windows management any more than adding a second monitor would be windows management.
    Stuff like making windows transparent as you mouse-over let a single space in Windows 7 hold far more open windows so that you won’t need something like spaces.

  6. Well, I didn’t read all the comments, so forgive me if I’m repeating someone else’s words. As much as I like Mac OS X, I’m getting sick and tired of all those “Mac OS X is better than Windows” and/or “Windows is better than Mac OS X”. Mac OS X is an amazing OS. If you want to write about it, do it! But write about IT! Leave windows on it’s corner. The two are different approaches on what an SO might or should be. And yes, Mac OS X windows system is great! But you don’t need to give it value by saying the other OS’s system is worse. A product must worth what it worths by itself not because the other is worse!

  7. You can also assign meta keys to the hot corners and activation keys. I use this to prevent accidental activation of hot corners. When you go to assign a hot corner in system preferences. Just hold down your meta key or combination of meta keys you like then you are in the pop-up menu. The meta keys are command, option, control and shift. I like to have spaces activate when I hold down the command key and move the cursor to the upper left hot corner. With the command key needed, I can safely go to the Apple menu and not accidentally activate spaces. I can also do something like have option upper left corner for Dashboard. Giving the upper left hot corner multiple functions.

  8. @ Ed:

    Folks who think Second Life is “really, really cool” might find SphereXP intriguing. The 99% of us more grounded in practical reality see nothing of benefit in a “tool” like this.

    I spend 40+ hours a week at my “real job” in Windows. And I’m on Mac almost exclusively at home. And when I’m in Windows, I keep yearning for things I have on Mac (Expose, for instance). Yet when I’m on my Mac, I never find myself yearning for things I have in Windows.

  9. I feel Windows offers a lot more in terms of window management and optional window managers.

    I recall a window manager for windows that mapped the desktop to the inside of a sphere and placed the view from inside. there were great keybinding. Nothing like this seams to ever happen for Mac.

    Also Windows allows tilling or cascading of all windows or a selection of windows. This is really useful for power users of: terminal/Prompt, Excel, etc.

    On top of that essentially ever other os has figured out how to resize windows from any edge effectivly (Gnome, KDE, Win3.1,win95,…

    Add to that mac laptops that regularly connect and disconnect from Multiple external monitors throughout the day. There is no solution for OS X to manage issues people are having that deal with this situation. While windows has a good set of tools for it built in and many drivers for windows include task bar integration to move windows between monitors with a keyboard shortcut.

    I’ve been using OS X sens 10.2 and every time I connect external monitor setup my windows for 10 minute and have to leave come back and do it again…well lets say its a bad feeling.

    I’ve searched for long time and evaluated multiple solutions that were not good and cost $$.

    If we add solutions to these issues to OS X, then we have a competition. Until then Windows at any version still does a better job.

    And I will not even mention aliasing issues and rendering. because I believe we are sticking to the management of application windows.

    SphereXp – show me something like this for OS X

  10. Hi Tom,

    first of all: Nice job! I’m not a regular Mac user but still found your article very interesting to read.

    You’re 100% right in that comparing Desktop / Window Managment, you can’t just compare Windows 7 taskbar with the Dock. And maybe you’re also right about the outcome and Mac OS is doing a better job than Windows 7, I just don’t use Mac OS enough to judge on this matter. Yet, I’d like to leave a critical note on your post, too:

    You didn’t really mention much of Windows 7’s features besides the live thumbnails of open applications. Talking about desktop managment, you also need to consider AeroPeek, AeroShake, Flip 3D, Desktop Preview Button and Application Preview hovering an application icon, direct access to frequently used files OR PROGRAM FUNCTIONS using dynamic right-click menus of the application icons, direct access to Internet Explorer tabs via the task bar, … all of this is in some way more or less related to window managment.

    By the way, there’s also an extension to Windows allowing you to use and work on virtual desktops ( For Windows XP, there was even an original Microsoft Powertoy for this. I’ve tried to work with both of them for a while and honestly, I ended up uninstalling those tool, because I just find the concept of multiple desktops too confusing. Where’s the difference between switching Desktops or minimizing windows, anyway? These are just two different solutions to the same problem and I think it depends way too much on your personal taste and habit to really do an objective comparison of these two ways of window management.

    So what I’m saying is, that while you definitely did a better comparison of Windows 7 and Mac OS than those, just comparing the taskbar and the Dock, you still didn’t go deep enough and missed too many of Window 7’s features. You surely wrote a great article about window management on Mac OS which you should have concluded with “Mac OS’s window management suits my needs way better than Window’s” instead of “is light years ahead of…”

    (As a last note: Windows 7’s new taskbar also comes with a few shortcomings compared to the former taskbar, especially switching between applications of which many windows are open. Brandon has published a “hotkey cheat sheet” ( for the new Windows 7 taskbar and while it contains way too many keyboard shortcuts to remember them all, I’ve found a few of them to be quite useful. Making use of some of those shortcuts further improves the whole workflow of window managment under Windows 7)

  11. Tom,

    Windows 7 is a beta and the final version will be different and there may be features missing depending on which version they are buying. Whereas for Mac OS whoever using it is the same version. No reason to educate people who believe they are using the best because the battle was lost before it began. We believe in the Mac OS whereas they believe in theirs same as those who swear by IE but for me Safari is the best. one of its best feature is the auto correct by selecting the right spelling for a wrongly spelled word by doing a right click or control click on the misspelled word.


  12. John,

    Regarding Expose, clicking on an app in the Dock just brings the app to the front. If you have multiple windows in the app open you still have to switch to the one you want. Expose lets you go straight to the window of any app you want, so it does both at the same time. It has other features, too. Steve Jobs demo’ed it quite well:

    Regarding Spaces. I don’t like a bunch of open windows in the background. I find it distracting. Typically, in Windows you’d minimize some of them, and on the Mac you’d hide them or minimize them. But in each case it’s an extra step just to reduce clutter. That’s where the multiple desktops come in. If I had all the same apps in my screenshots above open on just one desktop, I’d have too much clutter in the background, and feel the need to start hiding them. But with Spaces it’s rare that any one space ever gets that cluttered.

    • Israel

      Hi Tom,

      Great article! Have you tried “Shake”? Just go to the window title bar then drag and shake the window — all other windows will be minimized!

      I thought that was a gimmick by Windows 7, but the UI team really knows there stuff.

    • Israel

      Hi Tom,

      Great article! Have you tried “Shake”? Just go to the window title bar then drag and shake the window — all other windows will be minimized!

      I thought that was a gimmick by Windows 7, but the UI team really knows their stuff.

  13. John Selden

    I’ve been using a Mac for about a year now, after using Windows 95, 98, and XP for many many years. In my year with the Mac (which I love, by the way), I’ve never made use of Expose and Spaces, and don’t really understand the theory behind them. For example, what is the benefit of having multiple desktops with Spaces? If I have Firefox in one space, and Microsoft Word in another space, in order to switch between the applications I have to perform some kind of operation. In Spaces, it could be a key press (Ctrl-Arrow on mine) or a mouse click. Without Spaces, I have to click on the icon in the Dock. The amount of work needed to switch seems similar, regardless of whether they are in the same Space or different Spaces. So I don’t really know what it adds. Same with Expose: why is it easier or better to go into Expose and then click on the window I want to see, than it is to just click on the Dock icon of the application I want to use?

    I’m not being critical of these features, I’d just really like to know why they are considered useful, because as a relative newcomer I don’t see the benefit.

  14. Martin,

    Thanks for the perspective. I work with Windows every day, and have since the beginning. The menu bar on a windows was (and still is) a problem to me. Obviously, opinions on this vary, and it’s more a philosophical thing than anything else, since I’m productive on both. Still, I consider the menu bar, like the taskbar or Dock, something that should be anchored. It’s too critical a component of the UI to move around, in my opinion.

    I’m not sure either OS X or Windows was designed for “a small set of discrete jobs”. After all, both OSes (on decent hardware) can run plenty of apps. Indeed, when Expose was debuted it was cheered for the very reason that many OS X users had lots of apps running at once. And that was years ago. Spaces was a logical extension to further sub-divide your apps, but with Expose functioning on top of it all you didn’t lose the ability to see everything at once. This “at a glance” view is something Win7 does not provide.

    I’m not going to claim I struggle under the burden of window management in Windows (any flavor). And I think Win7’s improvements are great. But I do find myself often getting windows out of the way (usually minimizing) whereas on the Mac I almost never need to.

    • Anchoring of the menubar works well with smaller screens…but does not scale well with large screens (a lot of mouse movement needed)…and the way it is implemented on OS X completely fails with multiple monitors…they really should have the menu follow whichever screen the mouse is on…it’s ridiculous to have to move the mouse pointer to another monitor altogether to get at a menu! (Windows has this problem with the start menu as well, but it’s doesn’t affect individual applications the same was as on OS X).

      Dejamenu helps (especially when you map it to some mouse buttons/gestures), but really it indicates a design that hasn’t adapted to the times.

      The other thing that Windows does much better is keyboard access to menus. With the ALT key you can navigate menus completely from the keyboard without any need to remember shortcuts at all.

  15. Hans-
    Under System Preferences, open Accounts and then Login Items. There, you can click the + icon and add applications that open each time you log in. These will open in the space you assign to them under Spaces’ settings.

  16. Hi,

    well after using both the Mac OS and Windows 7, I have to say the Windows UI just seems to do the Windows management much better. Menues are attached to windows, maximise windows does what you expect and using the new taskbar makes it very efficient to manage a lot of windows and quickly switch between them. Also autopeek and all the other tools help a lot. In comparison and I am a newbie when it comes to the OSX interface it seems clumbersome and I feel a lot less productive with it. It seems well suited for a small set of discrete jobs.My impression is that the Mac UI is designed for running a few applications and then it seems to work really well. Spaces and Expose are nice but they really don’t provide much value to me. I tend to work on one desktop and not on a set of virtual desktops.

    • Couldn’t agree more.

      Mac OSX is application modal. Apple used to be famous for its view that modal was not usually a good think to be.

      When I am working, I don’t really care what applications I am using – I just care about what I am doing in each window.

      Mac OSX keeps thinking in terms of applications. For example, if I close a window, the most natural next window to activate is the last window I was working on – no matter what application that belonged to – who cares? Instead of activating the last window I was working on Mac activates the last used window in the application of the window I just closed.

      Windows has got this right.

  17. Not gonna get in the discussion of MSFT versus Apple. I just like working with spaces :-)

    Just a quick question: Is it possible to save certain spaces? I.e. every time you start your apple it loads certain spaces with certain apps?


  18. Tom & others: I tend to use spaces to organise stuff by “purpose” or “project.”

    So for example right now I have Mail, Adium, iCal, AddressBook and Colloquy in my “communications” space. Over there in my “distractions” space, Omniweb is open to my LiveJournal, there’s NetNewsWireLite, and another OmniWeb window open with my Delicious bookmarks. Next is the “Web App” space where I have OmniWeb showing my Trac (project management) & web application pages, terminal open for all the Unix-ish stuff and BBEdit with my source files. The fourth space is my “EVE Online” space where I have EVE Online running, along with OmniWeb windows for various sites of interest while I’m playing EVE, Colloquy which is connected to the #eve-online channel on Coldfront, and a bunch of other stuff.

    So there are at least two completely different ways of organising your Spaces :)

  19. I don’t like the whole “hover the mouse over this miniscule target” thing that Windows 7 is bringing in to vogue.

    With Exposé, you take a deliberate action (for me it’s pressing the button behind the scroll wheel on my Logitech Mx5xx mouse) and you are presented with “Spaces”. Press another button (for me it’s the second thumb button on the same mouse) and you see all windows for each space.

    In Vista we already get a minature preview of the window when you mouse over the task bar buttons, and I find that I have to keep moving my mouse to get rid of the little windows that want to keep popping up while I’m busy with my mouse-intensive interfaces. I didn’t take any deliberate action to make that preview pop up, but I do have to take deliberate action to make it get the heck out of my way.

    As an example of how annoying the Windows Vista preview nonsense is, I’ll be playing EVE Online and Windows decides that my moving the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen is a cue to display a preview of some other application – but what I actually wanted to do is click the “stop my ship blowing up” button. Of course if I am too slow I end up switching to the other application instead (“Hey!” says Windows, “I was just doing what you asked me to do!”), and by the time I’ve switched back to EVE my ship has blown up.

    As for ApplesAndOranges – trying to compare the Windows 7 taskbar to the Mac OS X Dock makes even less sense than comparing the W7 taskbar to Exposé. At least the taskbar and Exposé are about window management. The Dock is there for “gee whiz” factor and to be a default launcher application for people who don’t like using Finder.

    It’s also worth noting that unless I’m in a web browser, most of those fancy buttons on my Logitech mouse serve no purpose. At least the Mac knows how to handle multi-button mouses.

  20. Kevin,

    I mentioned Win 7’s desktop function, pointing out that Apple’s presents a “live” view of the desktop that allows you to “pick up” an icon and hold it “over” the windows as they come back to the desktop.

    You are correct, however, that I did not point out that the Windows preview in the taskbar can be shown by itself when hovered over. Mea culpa, and thanks for reminding me.

  21. I’m not necessarily in disagreement with your opinion Tom, but Windows Management is more than “The new taskbar shows previews of all the open windows in an app when you hover the mouse over it, and will switch to that window if you click it.” That’s about all you either tried in Windows 7 or all you decided to point it. Not sure which. :)

    What about the Aero Peek function, for example? When you have multiple apps open you can hover over the preview in the taskbar, making all other active windows transparent.

    Or how about the little sliver of a button on the far right side of the taskbar? Hover the mouse over it and all windows melt away to display the desktop.

    No there’s no native virtual desktops (although that can be added), but Windows Management is more than you implied. Regardless, I’m a huge fan of Expose; I’ll have to give Spaces another try with the examples you gave.

  22. PiperSon,

    In Spaces Preferences, when you add an application you can assign it a specific space number, or an item called “Every Space”. Any application set to “Every Space” does just that: Shows up in every space. I have a dozen apps set that way currently.

  23. Apples and Oranges,

    “… you cannot compare it [Spaces] to the new taskbar in Windows 7”

    I’m trying to avoid that very thing. I’m comparing Mac OS X’s windows management to Windows 7’s. The former’s is handled primarily via Expose/Spaces, the latter’s primarily via the taskbar.

    It’s tempting to compare the taskbar directly to the OS X Dock. But it’s also simplistic. The fact is when comparing specific OS functionality I think you have to include the various tools each OS provides for a given function. It’s certainly just fine that Win7 uses the taskbar mainly for this, but it doesn’t mean Apple is wrong to not use the Dock.

    The point of the article was that when the various windows management tools are taken into consideration, my opinion is that Apple has much better window management/switching.

    “I think your review seems to be more about how you organise your desktop than about sujectively examining features in each OS.”

    I hope not, but I felt that if I didn’t give a specific set of examples for Spaces, it would be hard to even explain it, much less show it.

    “That’s a shame because you had a great opportunity to call out the great features in both OS’.”

    That would take a HUGE article, a.k.a. “a book”. :-) The headline I hoped made it clear I was discussing windows management only.

    “remember the golden rule – all feedback is good feedback.”

    Indeed. I found yours thoughtful and appreciated it. Maybe trying to compare specific functionality of the OSes via their various tools will prove too confusing. Perhaps that’s why I’ve seen the simple “taskbar vs. Dock” comparisons that prompted my article in the first place.

  24. NikolayAndreev

    I will be damn. I have been experimenting for week and I have come up with a setup almost identical to yours. However, the article did gave me some further insight, like which apps to live to all spaces and invoking expose after spaces. Man, that is so cool.
    Thanks again.
    I am overjoyed to see that other more enlightened OS X people have reached the same conclusion as I have even though I have a Mac for only 8 months now

  25. ApplesAndOranges

    I think you are trying to compare apple and oranges (no pun intended). Spaces is nice yes, even though it was “borrowed” from Virtue Desktop but you cannot compare it to the new taskbar in Windows 7 – they are completely different in what they are trying to achieve in terms of user experience.

    Also, I think your review seems to be more about how you organise your desktop than about sujectively examining features in each OS. That’s a shame because you had a great opportunity to call out the great features in both OS’. No doubt you’ll get all defensive about this comment and claim I am mad. Oh well, remember the golden rule – all feedback is good feedback.

    • Brian Lee Siew Hong

      On the contrary, I think the article’s main goal wasn’t to compare features, but give an overview on how windows are managed on OS X, and how he prefers that to how they’re managed on Windows (oh the irony).

      Again, he’s just showing you how he does it, and saying that he likes it better. There’s nothing to be defensive about, really.