Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Apr 2008 13:16 UTC
Windows Despite the fact that Windows is the world's most-used desktop operating system, it lacks certain features and gimmicks that other operating systems do have (no, really?). PCWorld made a list of 18 features Windows should have, but in fact doesn't. While some are spot on, others are a bit of a stretch.
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Comment by sappyvcv
by sappyvcv on Wed 30th Apr 2008 13:27 UTC
sappyvcv
Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't get it.

Almost all of these have free 3rd party (or in the case of Virtual Desktops, available from Microsoft) solutions available.

Would the author rather Microsoft include all these features natively and make Windows bigger than it is, so they can turn around and accuse Microsoft of "bloat" or "anti-competitive practices"?

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RE: Comment by sappyvcv
by iangibson on Wed 30th Apr 2008 13:33 in reply to "Comment by sappyvcv"
iangibson Member since:
2005-09-25

Bloat and anticompetitive practices? Microsoft? Perish the thought!

But couldn't they add teeny-tiny stuff like 'focus follows mouse' and 'keep window on top'?

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RE[2]: Comment by sappyvcv
by BigDaddy on Wed 30th Apr 2008 13:36 in reply to "RE: Comment by sappyvcv"
BigDaddy Member since:
2006-08-10

Exactly. Simple and basic window manager features are inexcusable. Always on top, rollup, virtual desktops, and pin to all desktops should be a no brainer. The only reason they are not included is because of third party applications that hook into the windows or hacks.

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RE[2]: Comment by sappyvcv
by PlatformAgnostic on Wed 30th Apr 2008 17:42 in reply to "RE: Comment by sappyvcv"
PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

There has long been a powertoy that gives you what you want (focus follows mouse). Same with virtual desktops (though it doesn't really match the Windows way of working).

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

The pretty much are optional now since the user must find and download them but the "user must find" part means they are not easily available.

MS could easily include these in the next Windows install disk as optional (default too not included) features which users could include. Win98's themes and theme manager where purely eye candy features yet they where available but not embedded by default.

The complaint is not that MS includes everything in there OS. It's that they do so in a way that assumes the user wants everything available too be installed. It's also that they do so in a way that keeps those "optional" pieces not uninstallable. Example; Can I uninstall IE yet and replace it with another browser and still expect the install to be supported?

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