I really like the creative device and MediaPlayer 10. Also it's great news that Microsoft
have opened the Media Center up and allowed just the TV tuner cards to be added to whitebox machines. I also think Chris's idea of having the device as an independent recorder sounds like
a good idea yet I think the
Xbox Extender boxs should to the trick.
The only thing missing from the device which is a bit of a let down is that they do not incorporate the
Microsoft Voice Command software which I use everyday on my Pocket PC to query my music via voice when driving to work. The Voice Command software on the Pocket PC could possibly be the best application for the Windows Mobile platform. Considering that
the Portable Media Center and the Pocket PC are almost identical in regard to sepcs I can't see any reason why this marriage would not work out perfectly.
I think the main reason why Microsoft have not moved on this feature (tabbed browsing) would be that it would be a sign of defeat for the Windows desktop not being able to do one of it’s primary tasks – that being, managing the Windows/Applications seamlessly
and allowing the user to navigate though various windows.
To avoid the above issue and to allow Joe Developer’s application to benefit from this arguable “failing” within Windows, this issue needs to be addressed by the Task bar. The ‘Group similar task bar buttons’ option for the start menu which is on by default
in Windows XP almost got us to the stage we would like to be yet the problem of grouping similar information into virtual containers was not resolved it only grouped by application.
What the solution to this would be in my opinion would be to allow for drag and dropping in conjunction with the ‘Group similar task bar buttons’ option so you can create another group by dragging an item from the group to an empty section of the task bar
and then dropping it. Then each new instance of the application would be created in the new group. You could also drag in-between groups yet the newest group would still contain all new instances. The only condition is that it must be the same application
in this case MSIE.
The only problem I could see would be the fact that when you drag the grouped item to the empty area of the task bar you would invoke the “Show Desktop” function which allows objects to interact with the desktop from any window. Yet maybe the delay for this
function could be adjusted.