Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 23:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems So, we have Microsoft slowly but surely trying to be a better citizen in the computing world - with the emphasis on trying. After years of dragging their feet, the company is finally implementing web standards in Internet Explorer, there's a boatload of interoperability information now, that sort of stuff. And then, just when you think they're starting to get it - they go behind our backs to do something incredibly insipid. It's small, you'll barely notice it, but dear lord, it's really, really annoying.
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Not the only way
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 23:44 UTC
PlatformAgnostic
Member since:
2006-01-02

This isn't the only way or even the best way for a PC manufacturer to implement that bullet-pointed recommendation.

I don't see how this is Microsoft's fault. The hardware does not have to generate WIN+P from the keyboard controller to validly invoke the dialog box. It might just be the easiest way to accomplish the goal.

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RE: Not the only way
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 23rd Apr 2010 23:54 in reply to "Not the only way"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Microsoft should've provided a software interface to tap into, a standardised solution. It's idiotic to expect every OEM to write their own inconsistent bit of code to handle this.

This is Microsoft's fault.

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v RE[2]: Not the only way
by tuma324 on Sat 24th Apr 2010 00:08 in reply to "RE: Not the only way"
RE: Not the only way
by AdamW on Sat 24th Apr 2010 04:03 in reply to "Not the only way"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

Er, that's the _whole point_. Exactly as you say, having the hardware key generate win+p keycode is the silliest way to do this, yet that's exactly what Microsoft recommends: that's precisely what the bullet point is telling manufacturers to do.

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