Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Sep 2006 11:18 UTC
Windows The Windows Client team explains the reasoning behind an important change in Vista's user interface. "One of the first things people notice when they start using Vista is the absence of menu bars. Explorer, photo gallery, media player, and IE all don't show menus by default and just use the so-called 'command module'. What is up with that? Do we hate menu bars? And more importantly - what is the guidance that third-party developers are supposed to follow? Let me break it down for you." And on a slightly related note: Mary Jo Foley has left MicrosoftWatch to start working at ZDNet.
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Consistency first
by Bounty on Fri 22nd Sep 2006 17:03 UTC
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2006-09-18

The default look of the applications should be built for consistency. If you are a uber-leet engineer type who knows all the shortcuts, or an IT manager who wants to implement a policy to only allow certain gui features fine. Go to File, Edit or Tools then click "Options" or "Preferences" then change ths skin. I shouldn't even have to spell out all those iterations, but so far everyone isn't consistent already.

Pretty soon I'll have to tell everyone to click the "icon that looks kinda like a cross between a bear and a fish" then spiral out to the little greater than icons to show the menus that you don't use very often, then find "L" shaped icon, don't click on it... you need to press ctrl+the key on your keyboard that looks like celtic art, then click it.... Unless you've changed your skin from default..... then we'll need to ..................................................................SCRE AM!

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