Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Oct 2008 19:02 UTC
Windows Windows 7 is out and about. Microsoft has been unusually secretive about Vista's successor, but now that PDC is under way, they have unveiled the various enhancements to the user interface. Windows 7 might not have any significant under-the-hood changes (in fact, all your applications and devices will still work), but on the outside, Windows 7 represents the biggest change for the Windows user interface ever since Windows 95 came out.
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oh no!
by ari-free on Tue 28th Oct 2008 20:42 UTC
ari-free
Member since:
2007-01-22

"Text descriptions on the buttons are gone, in favor of big icons. "

stupid stupid stupid. If you want to copy mac, copy the good parts, not this

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RE: oh no!
by ari-free on Tue 28th Oct 2008 20:47 in reply to "oh no!"
ari-free Member since:
2007-01-22

"Peeking at the desktop is particularly significant, because the desktop is now where gadgets live. Because people are increasingly using laptops, taking up a big chunk of space for the sidebar isn't really viable; Microsoft has responded by scrapping the sidebar and putting the gadgets onto the desktop itself."

where they will be hidden by windows 100% of the time. What's the point of that?

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RE[2]: oh no!
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 28th Oct 2008 20:59 in reply to "RE: oh no!"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

where they will be hidden by windows 100% of the time. What's the point of that?


Hence the new peeking feature. It's in the article.

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RE: oh no!
by stooovie on Tue 28th Oct 2008 20:50 in reply to "oh no!"
stooovie Member since:
2006-01-25

This is definitely not making it to the final release. MS cannot force users to memorize which icon belongs to what app.

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RE[2]: oh no!
by niemau on Tue 28th Oct 2008 22:38 in reply to "RE: oh no!"
niemau Member since:
2007-06-28

This is definitely not making it to the final release. MS cannot force users to memorize which icon belongs to what app.


don't quote me on this, but, there'll probably be an option to have the old-style taskbar.

but, i have to disagree with you. there are so many (arguably dense) users that *only* know applications by their icons. could i see a show of hands for people who know at least one person that thinks the 'internet' is 'the little blue e thingy'? it would be funny if it weren't so... tragic. that's actually such a common happenstance that it's become a cliche.

not to mention, so many windows users love to refer to 'stupid/simple mac users'. well, those mac users have been fine with textless icons since, what, 2001?

for the record, i'm not a windows or mac user at home, so i'm not really pulling for either way of presenting a dock/taskbar. but, users are *definitely* capable of functioning without text next to dock icons.

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