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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by Yamin on Fri 22nd Sep 2006 17:14 UTC
Yamin
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2006-01-10

I'm currently working in company that makes medical software. I make no jokes about this, when I say, that doctors and other health people say going through a menu is too time consuming. 3 clicks...too much.

So we end up having to do a lot of things like keyboard shortcuts, lots of buttons, command button bars, context menus... Many of the things we see in the vista UI.

We still have the big menu available of course, though for some parts of the application, I don't even use it.
All the functionality is there in the buttons, command bars.

Personally, its simple. Can you use the application optimally? If yes, then its a good UI. If not, then its a bad UI.

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