Originally posted by Menthix
quote:I still don't understand why people were fullscreening WLM 2009 contacts lists. It just creates a big sea of white screen. The reason for multiple columns in WLM 2011 is to make the contacts lists more useful for people who fullscreen them. Guess some people prefer staring at blank space over actual contacts.
Originally posted by theirishmourinho
Thanks for that. Unfortunately I want it to be like that in full-screen. Oh well it will have to do I guess.
Although I share your view about using Messenger in full screen (unless it is for a netbook with low res graphics), I don't agree with the rest.
Since screen resolution get bigger and bigger, it is not unusual to want to have your contactlist wider, yet in 1 column. Especially if your contacts use long personal messages, and certainly when you don't use the social view as the standard view! In fact, you don't even need to have your contactlist in fullscreen to be annoyed by the too low automatic column width threshold.
Btw, this was actually the very first comment I gave when we tested the new interface last year at the MS campus. Even on the screens used there (which weren't that of a high resolution), it was clearly something which would be nice to have. But at that time they more wanted to show off the new social view and 'intelligent' column width interface than anything else.
On the question if we could have at least have an option then, even maybe just a registry key for all I cared, where we could override this auto-column width threshold (so the columns can become wider before they are split), they said everybody would love the new and intelligent way that the columns would be set anyways. Well, guess not...
Even if I would set the width in WLM2011 the same as I've set it in the previous version it would split! And my contactlist is certainly not too wide with lots of white spaces (on the contrary)...
But I hope this is something a Plus! skin would be able to 'fix'.
(probably patchable too, but I cba too look for it