Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th May 2008 19:09 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Yesterday, during the opening hours of the D6 conference, Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher jointly interviewed Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. While the interview dealt mostly with the past, Yahoo, and a bit of Vista, by far the most interesting part was the first ever public appearance of Vista's successor: Windows 7. Earlier today, the team behind D6 posted a video of the demonstration, which was conducted by Microsoft's Julie Larson-Green. From a graphical user interface point of view, there were some interesting things in there.
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They got it all wrong... again *sigh*
by Anacardo on Thu 29th May 2008 07:53 UTC
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I simply don't understand those guys at MSFT any more. As already pointed out by a lot of users, all that was shown is not only a ripoff, but generally speaking a ripoff of the lamest applications you can find on, let's say, an iphone. The iphone is a great phone not because of these aye candy features, and not because it supports multitouch, but because it has a intuitive rethinked interface which makes working with the thing a breeze. The fact that this interface required multitouch is just a side effect. In here we see the usual msft approach instead: first build the technology, then build the product. Wrong wrong wrong. They should have first redesigned windows interface in order to create something truly useful, and ground breaking. THEN they should have thought of the technologies needed to run the product and develop them. In the end: without a complete interface revamp with never concepts this multitouch thing is just another alternative input method, nothing to write home about.

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sj87 Member since:

It is pretty meaningless to first design an interface that greatly depends on multitouch, and just AFTER that start designing the technology behind it. That just is not an efficient way of doing stuff.

Besides, didn't they do it that way with Longhorn already? They showed us great demos of eye candy and "Coming in October 2003", afterwards realizing that they can't get it work as a single operating system, and had to dump pretty many lines of (to some extent) working code.

Edited 2008-05-29 08:51 UTC

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