Excellent. Thank god they're keeping the things that great HCI expert introduced.
It's a pity to see you'll once again be able to open two browser windows without moving directory, so you can do it while the mouse is in the same place, and don't have to move backwards and forwards across the screen, moving to some arbitrary folder before you can open another explorer window; but I can see how for people who do nothing but powerpoint demos to show upper management what it will look like, explorer doesn't need to be opened twice. Besides, it's important to save the computer a bit of time by holding up the user.
Also a pity to have back is to be able to explore from a folder which opens a new window, as I concede if all you do is look at ppts all day, this won't be that much of an improvement, as having two windows open is unnecessary. Why would you need to compare folders?
A pity to see Quicklaunch back. Why have single clicks when right click, move up, click again will do to open a brand new IE session, why help older people when you can screw them with horrendous click combinations? They should do powerpoint presentations though shouldn't they? Besides, there's nothing like having two pages of text you're trying to compare open in two panes that cover each other, it improves short term memory. It's science!
Another pity is the restoration of the ability to see "explore" open a treeview, and "open" not open a treeview, instead of both menu items doing the same thing. Why do this for people? This is unnecessary; And besides, Explore's so good, we should have two menu items with different names doing the same thing, well who wouldn't if what it does is so good eh?
A complete tragedy to see an up button in explorer. It'll will only confuse powerpoint presenters! No-one ever has to navigate up a directory hierarchy, surely they can just go back, especially when you can only see the folder you're in until you click it, and hope it's up. I have no idea why they're bringing it back. I can't ever foresee a time when back wasn't up, or where back went to a folder called the same as the one above it.
Another pity is the totally unnecessary ability to switch off that stupid address bar thing at the top of explorer, the one that only shows you the name of the folder until you click it, so you can lose track of which of the two bin/debug folders you're in, because it just looks so good against the new curtains. It's just so cute isn't it, shrinking down the things unless you need them. Noone would ever need to see the exact folder they're in at the same time as they're in it would they? Also, if they want to go up, I feel it's important they've got to click there, and then find the folder that actually is up, whereever it may be in the screen. It's important the next folder up in the hierarchy is achieved by clicking in a different place every time. It so improves mouse hand co-ordination, while you're working.
Also, why are they having the treeview following your clicks, instead of just staying closed at "computer", and why have multiple folders selectable. All your powerpoint slides are in recent files in powerpoint FOR F*CKING CHRIST'S SAKE, so you'll never need to do this. Besides, being able to see just the top folder's just so much more elegant, don't you think?
Why would anyone need to see the clock ticking somewhere other than just above the bottom right part of the screen, as well as the start button menus being hierarchical again, so you can move things about, instead of some stupid open over the top design, where you can't see what was underneath. Why would anyone NOT want to hide things in such a way that they can't get them back without closing the window they also need to see. What pendants!
Bearing in mind you can have multiple panes open in windows, I'm so glad there's no facility to have multi-url shortcuts to service them as such..
And why would anyone want to be able to close ten panes quickly? It's such a stupid HCI requirement. Thank god the woman at microsoft is forcing people to continue to look at the screen when they do multiple closes. Good to see all those things retained that means you just can't go click, click, click without moving the mouse to close multiple panes, instead of the close pane "cross" moving all over the place like some space invader game, depending on what's open, and what it is that's been left open or jumped to when you've closed the last thing. You should be just presenting ppt's all day to senior management if you think this would help, why would you have two files open in the same program. How silly of you!
Good also you still have to re-use properties windows so when you're comparing files with the same name, for dates and sizes, you can't see them both, as this improves short term memory while you work.
And thank god that when I want to delete something, or copy something, it doesn't just start, and instead goes and looks at everything first, and when you start a copy, it just doesn't do it, so that when you come back in the morning, it's not sitting there with a dialog open which you didn't see because it popped up after you'd left, saying "setup.exe is read only" do you want to copy readonly, repeat for the next 273,234 files? You might have made a mistake, and it's important to put your project back 14 hours to check if you really wanted to copy or delete readonly files.
Delete without checking and copy everything without asking me again? What stupid f*cker would ever need that?
Thank god I'm not getting my network icons back, which just tell me which adapters are active, and what IP settings they have, instead I prefer the new ridiculous cartoon showing me what it thinks the topology of my house is. I love having to actively learn yet another look and feel before I can figure out where it is.
And thank god you can't get rid of the menu bar, which for women whose biology is evolved from looking at multicoloured berries is perhaps great, but for every autistic man who built microsoft, sun and oracle from the ground up on the strength of their own intellects and male focussed directness, is some kind of horrific task of the order of finding the multicoloured particular washing powder, their wives' tasked them to locate in Tesco's cleaning aisle. Thank god you can still not now just click a setting, and all the pictures disappear, and the words come back. Men are bastards.
I think it's really important that when you are looking at your processes in task manager we now have a button instead of a check box to view all processes, and when you click that button, it closes the window, and opens another one, with a check box. I'm so glad they did that, it gives your eyes practice at re-adjusting. It's so good, I hear the USAF Raptor replacement's going to have changing icons on their HUDs based on the mood of the designer, and the time of day.
Thank god they're going to keep all the stuff and the really really groundbreaking features that that woman introduced, that are different to XP.
Dear Bill, please do not put the people who built the company, back in charge of the products.I love it when these people come in from their masters course in business, and redesign the HCI for developers. I really do.
While we're on. I really like the animated stuff the recent HCI expert did for google. I particularly like Google Fade, which doesn't appear until you've tried to guess where it is, or when you're trying to type a difficult word. There's nothing like a distraction test as you're typing. It improves the mind.