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Swipe to the desktop
Windows 8 has a dual nature, between the Metro Start Screen and the legacy desktop. The Metro side has live tiles in a horizontal layout that can be spun through by swiping from right to left and vice versa to get back to the left-most screen.
Tablet users can attest to how common it is to be spinning right and left on the Start Screen to find a particular app tile to either run or view information on the tile. It's a natural gesture that fits the touch tablet particularly well.
As good as it is, I am constantly wishing it was expanded a little. When I am swiping from left to right on the Start Screen to get back to the left-most screen of tiles, I wish that it would let me swipe through to the desktop.
The legacy desktop is not part of the Metro interface but it's something I use all the time. I envision it existing to the left of the Metro side, so I wish I could keep going when swiping left to right on the Start Screen to easily get to the desktop.
Swipe back to the Start Screen
Just as I wish I could swipe the screen to get easily from the Metro Start Screen to the desktop as detailed in the previous slide, I wish the reverse operation was also possible.
When sitting on the legacy desktop I wish I could do a long right to left swipe to swing back to Metro. Nothing fancy, just a natural way to swipe back to the Start Screen. Think of the Start Screen as a circular thing with the desktop just to the left of the live tiles. That makes this touch gesture and the one mentioned previously make a lot of sense.
Swipe to minimize desktop windows
I spend a lot of time on the legacy desktop as I imagine many might do. It's great to be able to run non-Metro apps on the Windows 8 tablet until such time as there are more Metro apps in the store.
One problem with using apps on the desktop is that window controls can be awfully tiny. They are hard to hit with precision which is frustrating.
I would like to see a new touch gesture designed to minimize active windows on the desktop. A long diagonal swipe from the upper right to lower left would do the trick nicely, minimizing the window to the task bar. It's nothing fancy but I'd find it extremely useful on the desktop screen with its lack of touch optimization.