Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Jun 2006 19:51 UTC, submitted by Tyr.
Windows Computerworld's Scot Finnie details 20 things you won't like in Windows Vista, with a visual tour to prove it. He says that MS has favored security over end-user productivity, making the user feel like a rat caught in a maze with all the protect-you-from-yourself password-entry and 'Continue' boxes required by the User Account Controls feature. "Business and home users will be nonplussed by the blizzard of protect-you-from-yourself password-entry and 'Continue' boxes required by the User Account Controls feature, for example." Update: Apparantly, Vista Beta 2 sucks up battery juice much faster than XP does.
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Screenshots tell it all
by rayiner on Sat 3rd Jun 2006 16:05 UTC
rayiner
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2005-07-06

What is this abomination? http://www.computerworld.com/html/collateral/msvistatour/images/01_...

1) So much wasted space. What is the point of that giant bar at the bottom with only an icon and some status text on it? Why does your network manager need an explanatory text box on it?

2) So many things to click! Instead of grouping things into a few key regions (window bar, menu bar, toolbar, content area), they've spread important things around the whole window.

3) Where the hell is the menu bar anyway?

4) Why are there category tabs at the top of the icon area, when it isn't a list view and isn't displaying the information listed in three of the four categories?

5) Don't even get me started on the sidebar. Apple tucks Dashboard away conveniently behind a hotkey, and Microsof takes up a good amount of your horizontal space for it?

How about this: http://www.computerworld.com/html/collateral/msvistatour/images/18a...

How obtuse is that "explanatory text"?

1) Does the user really need to know what "User Account Control" is and what it does?

2) "If you started this action, please continue". Think of how stupid this sounds to the user in the average case. They're thinking "of course I started this action, who else would?" For this statement to make sense, you have to know that other processes on the system might initiate such actions without your intervention, but that's really a programmers way of thinking about it.

3) What is the disembodied "Troubleshoot Display Adapter..." text. I suppose I could infer that the first line is the module being activated, and the second is the publisher of the module, but should I have to guess?

4) Is there really a good reason to split this over multiple dialogs? Presumably, you'll be prompted for your password next (the dialog is positively useless otherwise!).

The most sensical way to organize this dialog would've been the simplest:

"Windows needs your permission to continue."

""Troubleshoot Display Adapter" needs your system password to perform the desired action".

- Password box -

Then this: http://www.computerworld.com/html/collateral/msvistatour/images/14a...

What the hell is this? What the hell is with all the text spread out everywhere in the window? I don't even know how to critique tihs, because I'm not even really sure what its doing!

I'm too depressed to continue. My only other general point is why is there so much goddamn text? Is somebody at Microsoft trying to show off how good their writing skills are? It's a computer user interface, not a phd thesis! Shit, airplane cockpits have less explanatory text than this...

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RE: Screenshots tell it all
by segedunum on Sat 3rd Jun 2006 17:45 in reply to "Screenshots tell it all"
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2005-07-06

You've raised a number of good points there, many of which I thought when I saw those screenshots but couldn't be bothered to write them down. Surely Microsoft have finalised the UI and know pretty much how it should look and be structured now they're in the beta phase?

Alas, no. Microsoft have got a huge complex about Mac OS X (and some Linux desktop stuff) and have thrown a number of UI elements and features together, hoping that if they throw the jigsaw pieces high enough then they will all land in exactly the right places.

5) Don't even get me started on the sidebar. Apple tucks Dashboard away conveniently behind a hotkey, and Microsof takes up a good amount of your horizontal space for it?

Cynically, I would say that Microsoft are trying to get on the side of hardware vendors here in order to try and get you to buy widescreen monitors you don't need.

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