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Is Vista everything that Microsoft initially promised?

Paul Thurrott has posted yet another look at Windows Vista. Ever since the first alpha and beta releases of Longhorn/Vista hit the web, Paul has been giving us regular updates on the progress of the operating system. Paul's articles are usually for the most part positive with a little hint of negativity thrown in where appropriate.

Paul's latest article though lays everything out on the line when it comes to Vista. Now that Vista is supposedly feature complete and many things will stay as is when the final product ships, promises that Microsoft made in regards to features in the operating system, usability issues and application blunders are now fair game. Here, Paul rants about missing features that Microsoft promised:

There are so many more examples. But these two, WinFS and virtual folders, are the most dramatic and obvious. Someday, it might be interesting--or depressing, at least--to create a list of features Microsoft promised for Windows Vista, but reneged on. Here are a few tantalizing examples: A real Sidebar that would house system-wide notifications, negating the need for the horribly-abused tray notification area. 10-foot UIs for Sidebar, Windows Calendar, Windows Mail, and other components, that would let users access these features with a remote control like Media Center. True support for RAW image files include image editing. The list just goes on and on.

I must say, I've tried and tried to give Vista more than a second glance. I've tried every beta release that Microsoft has issued, but every time I find myself being less productive and utterly frustrated using the operating system compared to Windows XP.  Fortunately, it looks like Microsoft has a few more months to get some of these issues under control.

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By OCedHrt on 4/20/2006 9:29:10 PM , Rating: 2
Wow talk about being agitated. Plus, it's quite easy to tell which window is in focus. It's the one where the X is colored. DUH. I think Paul's been abducted by aliens and this isn't really him.

RE: Wow
By Thrawn on 4/20/2006 10:10:56 PM , Rating: 2
The point was that it is a much smaller difference. As a test I showed it to my mom and she wasn't able to figure out the difference. And she fits the average computer user mold better than anyone I know.

RE: Wow
By iamright on 4/20/2006 11:43:20 PM , Rating: 2
The point is to not have to look at the red X. The point is to make the top window obviously on top. I can tell easily enough but what about the old people that can hardly use windows XP which is not even as bad?

RE: Wow
By Bonrock on 4/21/2006 1:32:55 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with Paul that the window focus thing is a problem. You shouldn't have to look that closely to figure out which one is in focus. MacOS has exactly this problem too, but Windows XP doesn't. Why regress in Vista?

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