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Stacks: multitasking made smarter [webOS 2.0]

by Derek Kessler Tue, 31 Aug 2010 2:51 pm EDT

Stacks in webOS 2.0 If you’re anything approaching a power user of webOS, then you know the frustration that can arise from having several cards open while managing multiple tasks. While that is the very definition of multitasking, having all of your apps laid out in a line isn’t exactly the easiest way of getting said multiple tasks accomplished. Thankfully, webOS 2.0 is coming to the rescue by making it possible to organize cards into Stacks.

There are two ways to perform this organization. The first is the one that we think we’re going to like: Stacks will logically group your cards based on how they’re launched. It works like this: You fire up Email, open a message, and tap a link in it. That launches the web browser, and that card will be stacked with the originating Email card. You head back to Email, tap the reply button, and the compose card is also grouped with the original Email card and the web browser card.

There are dozens of scenarios we could name (RSS-opened links, product comparison in multiple web browser cards, etc) that the automatic flavor of Stacks would enhance, but we’ll leave it up to your imagination - and the comments - for further elaboration.

The second part of Stacks is manual management. If you’re not happy how Stacks is grouping things, want to create your own stack, or feel like splitting off a card and starting a new Stack for a different task, you’re more than allowed to do so. Just like the webOS cards metaphor right now lets your grab onto a card and move it to somewhere else in the line of running apps, Stacks will permit you to grab cards and pull them out of, group them into, and add them to existing Stacks with relative ease.