Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 18:18 UTC
Windows There's been a bunch of Windows Phone 7 reviews out there, and most of them come to the same conclusion: great piece of software for a 1.0 release, but it does miss a few vital features. The Ars Technica review, as usual very in-depth, highlights one particular aspect of the platform that speaks to me: Windows Phone 7 has a sense of humour.
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by Icaria on Sun 24th Oct 2010 05:48 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ."
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2010-06-19

Is that the result of Microsoft or the application vendors themselves?
MS, read the Ars review.

its one aspect of Mac OS X that I appreciate, Apple automate a lot of stuff and encourage developers to use those high level API's instead of 'going it alone' and re-inventing the wheel.
Which is why hw accelerated flash was such a hard slog? And despite the immediate oversights with things such as Direct2D perhaps not having happened, I frankly don't see the need to 'dog food' your own APIs. If it ain't broke, don't fix it and lets face it: Paint not using Direct2D and Wordpad not using DirectWrite is the least of Windows' problems.

Nitpick time:
What is wrong with dock?
That's a question.
I can't understand all this hate of the dock?
That is not.

And the dock is horribly designed: it doesn't scale well if you do use it as a launcher; doesn't distinguish between launchers and running apps; the icons are abstract and meaningless to anyone who isn't intimately familiar with the icons, or aren't adept at storing bitmaps in their brains; text tooltips, like taskbar thumbnails in Vista/7/Compiz/Kwin, only appear for the currently selected item, which defeats the purpose since it assumes you've already found the item you want, else it would display them for all dock/tasklist entries; over time, Apple have gone about adding all kinds of exceptional behaviour for dock items, as if it weren't already ad hoc enough and last but not least, just like Windows, KDE, Gnome, Xfce, CDE, etc, they've put it at the bottom of the screen by default, which is entirely inconsistent with the visual hierarchy of any desktop environment* you can name. As for the dock condensing multiple windows into a single icon, I dare say Win 7 does a better job of it (although I despise this behaviour in general), although this basic behabviour has been present since XP; if you didn't encounter it, it was probably because the OEM disabled it.

*explicitly making the distinction between 'desktop' and phone environments: touch screens warrant flipping the UI paradigm upside down, else your hand would obscure the screen, plus it's more difficult to reach the top of the screen when only using one hand.

we've got idiots here who crapped on about the 'super bar' being a 'sell out' to Mac OS X - yes, mature adults on this forum saying such utter crap and such views actually being given respect.
You know damn well that wasn't the point of my criticism, don't be a douchebag. Ripping off good ideas is second best only to having your own good ideas, while ripping off demonstrably bad ones is worse than coming up with your own and having it fail. In many cases, it's better that you do rip off someone else, than be different for the hell of it and create something mediocre; I wish MS ripped off Compiz's Full-screen zoom, instead of creating that rigid push-model panning mess they call full-screen zoom. As it is, they did rip off something from Compiz: the interactive thumbnails for condensed taskbar entries I mentioned earlier and by Jove, they did a better job of it than Compiz's Group/Tile plugin.

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