Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th May 2012 21:54 UTC
Windows A long - very long - blog post justifying all the ideas and choices behind Windows 8. We've all been here before, but it's nice to have it all summed up once again for easy reference in case we hit another yes/no debate on Windows 8 and keyboard and mouse. Anywho, the most interesting bit is that Microsoft has updated the theme of the traditional desktop, flattening it to achieve a very nice look.
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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Fri 18th May 2012 23:01 UTC
Luminair
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2007-03-30

"Just as yesterday's static highway signs telling you what you already know are being replaced by active and customizable message boards with road conditions, traffic alerts, and flexible lane usage, your PC should convey information that is current and up-to-date. Icons are yesterday’s way of representing apps."

apparently apple really does have the patent on making icons dynamic. either that or microsoft hasnt been able to figure out how to improve desktop icons, right? because they're the same they've always been, and here is sinofsky complaining about them. I'm starting to get angry thom, dont let me read any more

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Fri 18th May 2012 23:14 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

"Windows is almost absurdly configurable. Even the most obscure features are often tweakable through a sometimes impenetrable labyrinth of control panels, group policies, special command-line utilities, undocumented registry keys, etc. Most of these settings are changeable not only by the user, but by any program that happens to be running on the PC that decides to “tweak” something."

no, that was not a mac fanboy on a forum. that was a microsoft employee working on windows.

serenity now, serenity now....

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by WereCatf on Fri 18th May 2012 23:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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2006-02-15

Well, you should see this as Microsoft trying to find new niches: they're training online-comedians these days! ;)

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by MollyC on Fri 18th May 2012 23:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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2006-07-04

I'm trying to figure out what your point is. Do you disagree with the comment, or are you upset that the comment is accurate? I can't tell what your complaining about here.

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by WereCatf on Fri 18th May 2012 23:23 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
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2006-02-15

either that or microsoft hasnt been able to figure out how to improve desktop icons, right?


I don't really grasp his logic, either. Icons are actually a very good method for conveying non-physical meanings fast and precisely. Human brains are developed in a way that they can recognize familiar shapes very quickly and efficiently, whereas recognizing text in arbitrary boxes is a much more inefficient process for us.

What I am getting at is that there is a time and place for everything and that both approaches can be used simultaneously where applicable. Unfortunately Microsoft has decided icons are a second-class citizen now, if even that, and that everything should provide a live tile even when it makes no sense.

OT: The article was a good read, though I do also agree that it has a very 'we are doing this only for the PR' - feeling to it and that I do not agree with everything there. Still, worth reading.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by tomcat on Sat 19th May 2012 23:13 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
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2006-01-06

I believe that he's saying that a lot of hierarchical organization is unnecessary and should be flattened/simplified.

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