18 hours ago, sysrpl wrote
How about concentrating on trimming down the fat and adding muscle? For example ...... Microsoft could work on increasing Windows stability and security while lowering the hardware resources required to run Windows efficiently.
as far as I've heard, the team was solely focued on these in the M1/M2 cycles.
If Microsoft is so keen to refresh the look of Windows making it different than before or "cool", why don't they officially open up their theme system to allow users to make their own themes. They should have created a system allowing users to replace icons system wide, common glyphs, window ornaments, and behaviours using packages. If Microsoft made it easy for people to easily download/install/change themes it would go a long way in winning over customers, especially if customers could make Windows look and act like anything. I'm sure Windows users would proudly show off their pimped out desktops on Internet forums. Windows would be cool again.
I'm not a fan of 'themes' myself, but I guess if its officially supported, people will complain about those shitty themes and blame Microsoft. if Windows can look like 'anything' its a disaster for serious customers. In fact you 'theme' lovers can actually do this now right, but you need to hack a little bit, or using 3rd party solutions, like Stardock ( which is offically supported by Microsoft, btw) , so why complain ?
Why doesn't Microsoft open up their compositing system to allow for integration of third party effects or plug ins? Effects like a desktop zoom, custom exposé, custom window snapping, or anything third party developers dream up related to window compositing?
maybe because they will crash ?? they will BSOD ? and they may decrease the usability ??
Why do desktop and notebooks need an even simpler input method? (touch versus the tradtional mouse and keyboard). Why is Microsoft pushing to dumb down so many things related to the PC? We're not afraid of typing long blocks of text. We're not afraid of copying files. People that don't want to type (those who constantly feel the urge to check facebook or watch youtube clips) will move to a different type of device (phone or tablet). They are not loyal to Windows since they all they want is a fun video/blog/facebook post. Get over the social media fad and make Windows central to content creation, which includes programming, video editing, and productivity among other things. If Mcrosoft really wants to get into social media, write a new OS for it and don't call it Windows. Make the OS highly compatible with Windows or .NET even, but target it to devices other than desktops and notebooks.
cant see why Microsoft should give up the other part of market just because a minorty of 'you' are different from that part, since you are not forced to use those stuff designed for them, you still have what you want on this system, why can't Microsft add something and extend the capabilities ?
Why is Microsoft alienating a world of desktop computer users/developer by making our first peak at their next version of Windows seem less like an improved desktop OS (composing letters or forums posts, editing photos or videos, creating web pages, being productive), and more like a thin layer of veneer to make Windows seem more like a tablet OS (finger input, checking the time or weather, playing music or videos, reading twitter or facebook)? It's like Microsoft wants to design computers to be less useful.
It's AllThingsD, its not a conference for 'you' if you not not 'them'. and they are just showing off the 'new' stuff, your good old stuff is still there, safe as milk, why they should demo some 'old as usual' stuff in a conference ??