The web going Horizontal?

After years of web designs and trying not to make web users scroll horizontally, it seems that the BBC is turning that convention, through 90 degrees.

Check out the new BBC Beta site ( . It features a horizontal scrolling panel that moves left and right to get to the various options on the site.

It seems to scroll in a very “flick-like” way and also the panels seem to be perfect for the finger pointer!

Is this a sign of design, tipping its hat to the tablet market ?  Or taking a leaf from the Windows 7 interface, which seems to be destined for the desktop PC with the rumours circulating about the window 8 GUI?

It will be of interest to read the user feedback on this once the final version is launched…