Is Microsoft going to supply BASH, TCSH or any type of unix type shells? Where is a list of command line commands for core server? cmd.exe is a weak shell and unless enough cli tools are provided to make this thing really useful
Windows isn't as shell-centric as Unix is.
Philosophically, you don't generally pass around bits of data between multiple programs in Windows. Instead, you write script in VBScript, JScript, etc. and have cscript (or wscript) execute it. You get contructs and tools (string manipulation, file I/O,
logging, etc.) which are more or less equivalent to what you'll get from the GNU set of tools, as well as access to a lot of neat information and functionality that the OS provides, through WMI and COM.
I like it, but there is 1 thing I do not like about the UX:
In firefox it has the close tabs all the way to the right, so I can just slam my mouse over and click on it without any hesitation. In I.E. I have to click on the tab itself.
Press Ctrl+W. That will close the current tab. If you mouse right-handed, you probably have your left hand resting on the left side of the keyboard anyhow, so it's a pretty quick & convenient shortcut.
So where does this leave the Windows search feature available from the Start menu? Would it be better to update that one instead of fragmenting the search feature by introducing another tool?
MSN products don't typically replace existing Windows functionality. For example, Windows Messenger is left alone when you install MSN Messenger. Also, the MSN Toolbar has a pop-up blocker, and if you attempt to use it with XP SP2, it will force you to choose
one blocker or the other.
This is one aspect of Microsoft I really don't understand. It really seems like MSN is off in their own little world, writing what could be considered third-party software for Windows. Seems like a wasteful duplication of effort to me...