Window Manager Designed for Cloud Services
Cloud services like web-based e-mail or hosted office suites are becoming widespread. With these services, PC users are likely to use several services and to visit several sites at once. As a result, several windows appear on the desktop, and their overlapping complicates access to hidden windows. In this study, the authors propose a window manager running on the browser. The proposed window manager employs a tiling style in order to improve the usability of multiple cloud services at the same time. It also employs a window placement method, implemented by drawing frame edges, and a window replacement method using drag and drop. It is user-friendly, even for unskilled PC-users. An experiment showed that the proposed window manager was effective in reducing the number of operations for window placement or replacement.
Keywordswindow manager cloud service drawing frame edges tiling style window placement usability
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