Good. I’ve seen popup windows when using autosave on Windows, and it has interrupted my work.
I don’t think that you or any Windows user would like to have the workflow interrupted (I changed “would like it” to “won’t mind” to be clear - by “it” I meant the feature, not the interruption). I’m saying that, over many years, I have observed that Windows users have a lot more tolerance for popup windows etc., because they are used to them, as they have been a standard part of the Windows user experience for decades. The Windows mentality is indeed different from Mac in this regard. It’s more tolerant. If anything, that’s a compliment, not a criticism. I’m less tolerant of such things because I’ve used Mac since the 90’s and popup windows have been officially discouraged by Apple since the codification of their Human Interface Guidelines. That’s just factual history.
Autosave has also become an important issue on Mac as opposed to Windows because Apple has made a move towards implementing autosave into its in-house apps (e.g. Pages), in a way that fundamentally alters users’ expectations. Specifically, the files themselves are saved directly, automatically without the user’s knowledge or consent. This was disastrous when it was introduced. Before Apple made this move, one could open a document, make changes without saving, decide the work was worthless, quit the app, and reopen the document later in its original state as it existed before the last discarded session. After Apple’s change, once the file was opened and changes were made, those changes were saved automatically to the file. Quitting without saving made no difference. Their reasoning was “just use Time Machine” since you can always go back and get the old version there. The only way to get the old behaviour back is to make a copy of the document before you start working on it. So, even though it doesn’t sound ideal from a speed standpoint, I was glad to read Daniel’s explanation of how auto-save is expected to work in Dorico. It won’t be either like historical Microsoft or like the recent Apple nonsense, and that’s good news.
[Disclaimer: as a developer I’m definitely Mac-centric. I work on a Mac, and I design for the work habits of that platform. I use Windows only because I have to in order to deploy on that platform, and I don’t like Windows conventions or employ them in the software I write. Other developers favour Windows, or consider both platforms equally and either write a lot of branching code to cater to the habits of both user groups, or strive to find a middle ground which can be extremely difficult.]