Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 8th Jan 2009 07:16 UTC
Windows Even though the Windows 7 beta had been available on piracy networks for a while now, it still hadn't been officially released. During his pre-show keynote at CES, Steve Ballmer officially launched the Windows 7 beta onto the world via TechNet, MSDN, and Connect. It will become available to the general public this Friday.
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RE: Windows
by Ultimatebadass on Thu 8th Jan 2009 21:22 UTC in reply to "Windows"
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I like the new explorer and vista ui. The "classic" UI had it's moments back in 1999 - what the hell is wrong with delivering something that is pleasing to the eye? Really, with that quad core, 4+gb of ram and whatnot I can spare a couple of cpu cycles for the interface to not look like it's still 1990. And about Windows XP (default) being easy on the eyes... first thing I ever did after installing XP on any of my computers was to change the default theme to something else. I have Vista on my home PC for as long as it has been there and never felt the need to do the same - i guess they did something right this time around ;)

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RE[2]: Windows
by renhoek on Sat 10th Jan 2009 13:25 in reply to "RE: Windows"
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The "classic" UI had it's moments back in 1999 - what the hell is wrong with delivering something that is pleasing to the eye?

And my retro terminal interface had it's moments in the '70. And i still use it today, it works just fine. When do people who build interfaces start to realize that the most important thing is usability, not looks or features.

And there is nothing wrong with pleasing the eye (i use the osx-candybar-shiny-button computer myself), but it should never be a major goal. usability comes first. Never mind how good something looks, if i can't use it it's useless.

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RE[2]: Windows
by Glynser on Mon 12th Jan 2009 08:11 in reply to "RE: Windows"
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"pleasing to the eye"

In my opinion, the classic GUIs have the advantage of being very neutral. There are grey, rectangular buttons, and grey, rectangular windows, so it can't be really "ugly". It's just not "pretty". But it doesn't get in your way, and that's why I like it.

Now, if you have something like the default XP theme or the Vista theme, it's already a matter of taste - because it's "designed" and it can't be pleasing to EVERY eye, of course. But the classic, neutral style should at least not bother anybody (though I know it does), because it's just the bare essentials without trying to be "cool" or "designed".

That's why I think there should be always the possibility to have a classic, stripped down, neutral design. And I'd wish that Microsoft would still keep up the classic style, but also hardware-accelerated (so that there won't be any redraw problems etc). But I doubt they will do that.

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