Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Jul 2007 12:54 UTC
Windows Six months ago, after a long gestation period, Microsoft finally released Windows Vista. Vista is a huge release; not only because of the long list of new features, but also because of its sheer size, and number of bugs and other oddities and downsides. The development process that lead to Vista has left many with a very bitter aftertaste; features were cut, codebases were scrapped, release dates postponed. A few days ago, Microsoft released some sparse details on Vista's successor, internally dubbed 'Windows 7', and in order to prevent another Vista-like development cycle, here is what I would advise Microsoft to do. Update: APCMag reports that Julie Larson-Green, who was the driving force behind Office 2007's new Ribbon user interface, has been transferred to the Windows 7 GUI team.
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Every time I read a comment like that, about something that is the "Holy Grail" of Desktop computing I really want to hear some justification to this claim.

How does adding more text in a special attribute tag on every file going to help me? How are these tags populated? Does he user have to populate them every time one is created? what about files that are created by other programs? What makes this more revolutionary than just using a regular search box that already ships with most OS's?

Everyone keeps saying how great this meta data attribute tag is but really what does it do that a good directory structure doesn't do already? Maybe there is room for meta tags on some files of specific types like jpgs and such, but that would perhaps be best served by changing the standards a little rather than the file system?

Is adding more overhead to a file system the right way to be going for the "Future of Computing"?

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