5 ways Windows 8 beats iOS and Android
2. You can switch apps easily based on your gestures: It’s obvious that Windows has taken time off to implement a cohesive design-sensitive interface, but the way the OS works with regard to recent apps, is just easy and intuitive, according to Wired’s review. Google’s latest Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android OS had this feature: it pulled up the most recently used apps when you clicked on the system bar icon; but Windows 8’s feature comes off as a lot more instinctive-- a swipe from the left edge of the device immediately brings up the last app you used. Since it’s a natural gesture, Wired says there are very few chances of you doing it by mistake.
The best part of this feature is that it’s as fast as channel browsing—but on your tablet.
If you have a number of apps open, the gesture-based app-switching feature allows you to move through the apps by swiping (or moving your mouse) back and forth along the edge of the (touch)screen to show you preview windows of the apps you have open. From there, the app is just a click or a touch away.
Now although iOS 5 for iPad too had a similar strategy to navigate through the open apps, you would either have to double-tap the icons of all the apps lined up, or you’d have to use four fingers to swipe your way to the app you need. In comparison with the gesture needed to navigate through Windows 8, it’s unnatural.
Swiping with just a finger-- and allowing you to do it with ease is another elegant, quick and involuntary solution that makes the Windows 8 OS score.
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