Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2017 23:06 UTC
Windows

Today we are excited to be releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. This is a BIG update so please take time to look through all of the new changes we detail below.

Usually, these new Windows 10 Insider Preview builds are a pretty low-key affair, but this one has a ton of changes, new features and fixes, and the blog post does a good job of summarising them. They cover things like improving resizing performance, various Edge updates, tile folders in the Start menu, a new share UI, and the first steps towards replacing the dreaded Character Map with a new, faster way of inputting special characters.

It really feels like Microsoft is at the point where they can address the various relatively minor things that start adding up when you use Windows.

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Comment by judgen
by judgen on Tue 10th Jan 2017 00:39 UTC
judgen
Member since:
2006-07-12

The single windows pc still in my home is the steam pc. Streaming makes it possible to play all games via wifi on a slow (and scilent) laptop connected to a 60" 4k screen, whilst the main stream machine is down in the basement chugging along. The rest of my machines is either the amiga x1000, retro or just to old/broken to boot for various reasons.

The dream would be an amiga laptop with a steam client. Then i would be golden. A Haiku steamclient would also be great.

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RE: Comment by judgen
by Chrispynutt on Tue 10th Jan 2017 14:31 UTC in reply to "Comment by judgen"
Chrispynutt Member since:
2012-03-14

Maybe not a Steam client, but Moonlight might be port-able.

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Blue Light
by Ragnarok on Tue 10th Jan 2017 08:54 UTC
Ragnarok
Member since:
2017-01-04

Probably the only thing relevant to me in all that big list of changes is Blue Light: I just love f.lux on my desktop, and I've been really waiting for such functionality to be implemented as a built-in feature in OS. Good news!

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RE: Blue Light
by WorknMan on Tue 10th Jan 2017 18:51 UTC in reply to "Blue Light"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Probably the only thing relevant to me in all that big list of changes is Blue Light:


LOL, same here. I looked at all those features and said, 'Cool, blue light.' ;)

I don't like f.lux so much because of the way it makes you set things by zip code instead of time. Overcomplicated, IMO.

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Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14


Override high DPI Scaling Behavior
Scaling performed by:
System (Enhanced)


If they are going for polish, they should really figure out a better way of wording that. Most consumers don't know what DPI even is, much less why they would want to override it, or what "System (Enhanced)" will do.

There should be some options like:

Maximize amount of text on screen
Maximize readability of text on screen

or some variation between, combined with live previews of what effect those will have on the display.

As it is, its not terribly worse than the Microsoft standard, but they could do much better, if they want.

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Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

The people who are complaining about windows not scaling on high DPI setups know what DPI is and that is who this feature is targeting.

Windows isnt focused on the consumer market so doesn't need to dumb down every function. The important thing is, if you need this function, it is there.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yes, the most important thing is that its there and it will be shipped. Full Stop.

However, I don't think you can argue that anyone can understand what "System (Enhanced)" behavior is, without googling it. Which makes it bad design. Nothing new here, MS has always had confusing dialog for even the most experienced windows user.

Also, as a non UX designer, I sympathize with who ever implemented that UI. I've done worse, much worse.

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galvanash Member since:
2006-01-25

The people who are complaining about windows not scaling on high DPI setups know what DPI is and that is who this feature is targeting.


I completely disagree. You do not need to know what DPI is to be able to see that an application looks blurry on your screen and want to do something about it.

Windows isnt focused on the consumer market so doesn't need to dumb down every function. The important thing is, if you need this function, it is there.


I don't think this is dumbing down. I'm a developer and I have no idea what the difference between "System" and "System (enhanced)" is. I doubt you do either. Its completely opaque - the only way to know what it actually does is to go look it up somewhere or have someone explain it to you.

Labeling things with terms that actually describe them and convey useful information isn't dumb, dumb is using generic terms like "System (enhanced)" that convey no information about what they actually do.

"Dumbing down" would be not giving the option at all... If you are going to give people an option, however, labeling it properly is actually user friendly. If you can't label it clearly without context, using images can help too. That isn't dumb, its good design.

User friendly != Dumbing Down

It may as well just be labeled with numbers as it is now. It should say "randomly select an option to see what it does" if they are going to not bothering taking the time to label them properly.

ps. I'm not even joking btw, that is how the cleartype selection dialog worked and that was user friendly - because it used images to show you what it did. How would you have liked that one if instead it was a bunch of dropdowns with numbers in them, but you couldn't see what they did until after you closed the dialog?

Edited 2017-01-10 18:39 UTC

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Ragnarok Member since:
2017-01-04

Windows isnt focused on the consumer market so doesn't need to dumb down every function.

And yet, we get BSODs with smiley (frowny) faces and "Ooops! Something broke..." as an explanation.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

And yet, we get BSODs with smiley (frowny) faces and "Ooops! Something broke..." as an explanation.

And a lack of any actual error code. I hated getting error 0x401DD9A, but at least I could look up what the hell it meant! I can't look up "Oops, something went wrong" and it makes troubleshooting a goddamned nightmare!

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European A,B paper sizes...
by dionicio on Tue 10th Jan 2017 18:34 UTC
dionicio
Member since:
2006-07-12

Should Be integrated on Tiling and Drawing Logic, at the OS level.

:)

Congrats to Microsoft People and Their Communities. Big Update Loop [without disrupting WorkFlow habits].

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by Aliya on Wed 11th Jan 2017 09:41 UTC
Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Wed 11th Jan 2017 10:20 UTC
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

That start menu example image is confusing to me. How do they not think that's confusing. Ant hill of buttons

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