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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.
Swipe to cycle through desktop windows
In the previous slide I described a new gesture to minimize windows to the task bar. Another gesture I'd like to see for dealing with desktop windows is a swipe on screen to cycle through desktop apps.
A long swipe from the upper left to the lower right could cycle from the active window to the next in line. The user could keep swiping to cycle through all apps (and windows) running on the desktop, stopping when the desired one is active.
There are other ways to do this but that's true for most of the proposed gestures in this article. This gesture like the others would provide a natural way to accomplish the desired task. A natural UI is the mark of a good OS.