Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 14:35 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces As I already explained in the first Usability Terms article, consistency goes a long way in ensuring a pleasurable user experience in graphical user interfaces. While some user interfaces appear to be more graphically consistent than others, Windows has always appeared to be worse than most others - probably because it carries with it stuff that dates back to the 16bit era. IStartedSomething agrees with this, and started the Windows UI TaskForce.
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It's the apps
by leos on Sun 1st Jun 2008 16:10 UTC
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I don't really have a problem with the Windows UI from the point of view of consistency. It's the apps that are the problem. Everyone loves to write horrible non-standard UIs for Windows, especially the antivirus and firewall people, and just about every little utility that comes with hardware.

Unfortunately that can't be solved by Microsoft.

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RE: It's the apps
by helf on Sun 1st Jun 2008 23:37 in reply to "It's the apps"
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You know, it's the same with websites.

You have a bunch of varying UIs with the same basic principals but not really following any set methods very well. Why don't we see more people whining about websites being different?

Seems like a lot of developers, at least for windows apps, treat their UIs like website designers treat their sites. I'll do it *my* way and make the UI interesting and not some bland normalcy ;)

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RE: It's the apps
by Ultimatebadass on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 07:47 in reply to "It's the apps"
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I agree completely about hardware utilities.
For example, motherboard manufacturers: when are they going to realize that not all people buying their products are 12 year olds that want a "cool" (see: ) looking app to monitor fan speeds, temperatures or set fsb. A simple, plain, elegant window with some tabs would be much better - one that you can minimize to tray and doesn't take 5 seconds to display and 30MB of ram because of all those useless bitmaps it has to load.

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