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The truth comes out about User Account Control

Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system has been lambasted ever since it was launched for consumers in January 2007. Diehard Windows users balked at the steep system requirements, sometimes sluggish performance, inadequate driver support, and varying products SKUs at multiple price points.

One feature that has caused quite a bit of controversy with consumers has been the User Account Control (UAC) that is included in Windows Vista. UAC prompts nag users for simple operations such as going to device manager, emptying the recycle bin, or installing/uninstalling an application.

David Cross, a product manager responsible for designing UAC, gave the real reason for UAC at the RSA 2008 conference in San Francisco yesterday. "The reason we put UAC into the platform was to annoy users. I'm serious," remarked Cross.

Cross added that Microsoft's unorthodox method to stop users from wreaking havoc with their systems and to stop software makers from making applications that delved too far into the Windows subsystem was a necessary move.

"We needed to change the ecosystem, and we needed a heavy hammer to do it," Cross added. Cross went on to say that although UAC may be seen as an annoyance to some, but its lasting implications are far more beneficial to Vista users. "Most users, on a daily basis, actually have zero UAC prompts."

Many would say that many users have zero UAC prompts on a daily basis because they have already disabled UAC -- not so says Microsoft. According to Cross, 88% of Vista users have UAC enabled and 66% of Windows sessions do not encounter UAC prompts.



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RE: Sluggish Performance
By Locutus465 on 4/11/2008 12:35:50 PM , Rating: 4
that takes a lot of optimisation (fortunetly compilers do a lot of the heavy lifting these days for normal folk), and honestly for an OS I'm not so sure you would even see a difference. Addtionally you only get a gain if you're performing the same operation on all data values. It terms of Window's "bloated" state, I wouldn't look to carelessness being the reason why their OSs are getting heavier. Probably more a desier to increase the number of built in features (and running a good portion of them by default) as to being the reason why Windows OS code is getting heavier.

Just think, vista has:

Antispyware
Automated defragmetation
Pretty 3d ui
gadgets
Media center (home prem+)
Tablet PC functions
Extended networking featuers
and a host of other features you either had to get third party or buy a specialized version of windows to get.


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