Awful interface design

by Volker Weber


I don't get it. Microsoft hires great talent, and then comes up with confusing and crappy interfaces like this. This screenshot is taken out of a Windows Vista December pre-beta 2 review. Whatever a pre-beta 2 is.


Pre-beta review? Post-stealth?? Mature-alpha??? Intermediate-final???? Rare-medium????? Bloody-prototyped????? ...

Cem Basman, 2006-01-05

Cem, there is either something wrong with your ?-key, or son #2 is playing with your computer. :-)

Volker Weber, 2006-01-05

Volker, it's the logic chip in the keyboard. Didn't you notice the +1 increment in question marks with each question? Maybe it's got something to do with the extensive use of hyphenation?? ... Darn, now it's hittin' my keyboard, too. Has to be a new virus, then ;)

Stefan Rubner, 2006-01-05

Stefan, what are you talking about ?????????????????????????????? ;-))))))

Thomas Gumz, 2006-01-05

what is wrong with your keyboards guys ¿¿¿¿¿

I can't find that weird sign in my thinkpad.

Alex Hernandez, 2006-01-05

Microsoft's customers are not the end users of their software, they are the purchasing managers at Dell, HP and large corporations. These people don't care about, or understand, good interface design. They buy based on 'feature' checklists, not the usability of the product.

David Richardson, 2006-01-05

The whole Windows Vista interface seems quite complicated to me. Maybe I'm searching for known patterns (like right-click the desktop to change the resolution). But even when I try to be a "user", I can't find things like changing the desktop theme or browsing the network without clicking through 10 windows...

And Microsoft lists my GeForce 5200 as "Ready for Vista", but using it with all eye-candy (transparent window borders) is no fun at all.

Nico Kaiser, 2006-01-05

Alex, you made my day!

I'm sure Pratchett's opinion about multiple exclamation marks is transferable to multiple question marks, isn't it? ;-)

Martin Hiegl, 2006-01-05

C'mon guys. That's why it's called Vista. After a while of using it you'll get the view at a brighter future for free.

Stefan Rubner, 2006-01-05

I think they will change it if a lot of beta-testers complain about

Markus Schiele, 2006-01-05

Nah. The master plan of Bill and Steve is to silently invest into Apple while at the same time subtly (or at least what they call subtle at Microsoft) driving users away from Microsoft products. Once everything goes down the toilet in Redmond, Bill and Steve can cash in on their Apple investment and do what they planned to do from the beginning: get a life - but with style.

Stefan Rubner, 2006-01-05

Now surely that we can get the eye-candy on XP, and the WinFs on XP - who needs Vista (Another name for a mountain - or cliff ?) - it just delivers the Hollywood DRM model in any case ?

Give me TIGER on Intel.. Now, dammit...!


---* Bill
P.S. Or at least iTunes on Linux..

Bill Buchan, 2006-01-06

Bill, depending on what you need iTunes on Linux for, you might want to have a look at Rhythmbox. Doesn't do everything you can do with iTunes, but a lot of the functions are there. Doesn't look as nice either but that can be said of KDE and GNome, too, if compared to Tiger ;) Be warned, however: setting up Rhythmbox with all it's functions enabled is a major PITA.

Stefan Rubner, 2006-01-06 users are NOT used to have this kind of interface... windows users think that this is cool and new and outstanding and that it is freaky to use and fancy and....and...and...whatever...

...for me as a "hybrid" user it is absolutely clear that in terms of usability osx/tiger is the best os at the moment...

...cant wait to have it on a intel...

Florian Geiger, 2006-01-06

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