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"By far most [Windows] sales are attached to new PCs, so Microsoft has a vested interest in ensuring that the entire PC package is compelling enough to draw in users," said Steve Kleynhans, vice president of Gartner's Client Platforms Group. "If the operating system looks good, but the PC looks bland and uninteresting ... consumers won't be as interested in buying a new machine or Vista."
Interesting comments in the article by design guru Don Norman, who thinks PCs should be less high-tech looking and more compatible with a home environment. Remember years ago when a few small firms were putting bulky desktops into wood boxes (or at least veneer or simulated wood)? I haven't seen them lately, but maybe it's time for a comeback. A nice mahogany laptop would look perfect in my den. :)
At some point it became part of their logo program. If you wanted to put the "Designed for Windows 98" logo on the computer then it had to conform to those guidelines.
The reason I am saying this is because this would drastically improve the performance of the computers running Vista. Anyone who argues that virtual memory should be enabled does not know how to run an OS. If the user runs out of memory the OS will prompt them telling them their application did not have enough memory to access. The user then knows they have to purchase more memory. With virtual memory the user's computer constantly gets slower and the user will never become aware of the memory issue.
I'd also like to see a lot of the junk disabled by default. Really who here uses remote registry? They should also do away with the retarded ME start menu and make only minor adjustments to the classic start menu.
The lack of the new file system and other cool features reduces the need for an new OS. The only useful feature I can see out of Vista is the ability to control audio levels per application. I however still hope that we will have the ability to manually control each device.
I've also heard that the desktop is now off limits to the barrage of junk icons.
Microsoft should also implement a no-junk software policy for pre-installed Vista computers. If a company wants to install bloatware such as Netscape they should instead install Mozilla SeaMonkey.
Does anyone know how much the networking has been improved? I know you can connect a USB cable between two MACs and they will both instantly display the hard drives of each other in the OS's version of Windows Explorer.