Ten Things I Love About Windows Vista

I’m not blind, folks.

  1. ReadyBoost. This feature really does make Vista infinitely more responsive. You must pick up an Apacer HT203 2GB stick or two – immediately. I hate its casing, but I can’t argue with the Apacer’s speed. ReadyBoost isn’t just optional – it’s necessary. They should bundle an Apacer 2GB with every copy of Windows Vista Ultimate, IMHO.
  2. Start Menu’s Start Search. Very, very nice. I wish Microsoft would remap the Win+R key combo to it, though. I can tell it’s going to be a time saver for many users – myself included. It reminds me of OS X’s Spotlight. Too bad I hate the rest of the Start Menu.
  3. Future Fix Notifications. So, sometimes when Windows Vista crashes, the operating system actually tells you that a fix for the error is coming in a future build of the software. Awesome. No more guesswork! Microsoft Office seems to be enabled with the same feature. A crash isn’t so bad if you know it’s going to be fixed.
  4. Windows Explorer’s Details Pane. This is very useful, especially when I can edit information without actually having to open up a properties sheet for a file. It’s not perfect, but this is an example of how I believe Windows Vista will help users understand that certain files have extended metadata. I only wish more fields could be edited (like for Word documents).
  5. Windows Explorer’s Folders Pane. Horizontal scrollbars are the bane of my existence. They’ve eliminated them partially from the Windows Explorer. When you navigate the Folders pane, it will auto-scroll for you – never displaying a horizontal scrollbar. Intuitive.
  6. Volume Mixer Changes. “Sounds” crazy, but this is a feature everybody wishes they had. You can set volume levels for various programs independently – without touching your default system volume. It’s not amazing, but this is certainly better than what we had before.
  7. Task Manager Additions. While truncated fields lack tool tips, at least you can finally right-click a process to “Open File Location.” I’ve needed that more than a few times. The Services tab should also come in handy.
  8. Windows Explorer’s Breadcrumb Bar. This one may take a little getting used to, but I’m convinced that this is a much more natural way of exploring the files and folders in my system. Very smart use of space.
  9. Richer Drags. When you select multiple objects and drag them around, you’ll see a small box near your cursor which displays how many objects you have selected.
  10. Voice Recognition. It’s not perfect but then again one-eight navigation work the helm a lot better than beat the period. I swear not me without. Why is it to me that. Enough of you at varying. I don’t think we think the software will agree with anybody want you or me and I did bring. Not even close. Let’s try that again. Wow, it might have worked at time. Interesting. You can correct sentences on the fly, though it’s not totally intuitive. This entire paragraph was dictated. I wonder if it’s learning my speech patterns?

Okay, so that last one was thrown in for good measure. All work and no play makes Homer go something-something.

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  6. I like all that you said. But for me since i don’t have a good graphics card, I like the new basic UI. Makes you feel close to the Aero glass Interface.

  7. Future Fix Notifications.

    It is actually going to give a version, or just *say* it will be fixed? This is going to make people happy?

  8. We look forward to future Microsoft enhancements, such as the new Error Message module that announces that your computer has been compromised by spyware, but they’re working on a fix, then offers condolences because you need to reformat.

  9. Can notebook/desktop computer manufacturers just build in a couple gigs of Flash on the motherboard to use for ReadyBoost? the USB stick seems like a stopgap. (Of course, given how long Vista has been in development, maybe Dell, etc. have it already ready to go?)

  10. That last paragraph was hilarious. So does this voice recognition feature exists or were you kidding. If it does and is reasonably good, hopefully it will save me from another episode of deQuervain’s tendonitis.

  11. Not only is ReadyBoost a pretty dumb idea for multiple reasons (USB bus requires CPU intervention, Flash memory has a limited amount of write operations before it dies, writing cache to an external device is just dumb, etc.) he goes even further by recommending a crappy off-brand like Apacer that’s more expensive than buying an OCZ Rally2 which is dual channel and has an all aluminum casing so that it sheds heat better, it’s like $30 on Newegg right now for a 2GB after a rebate, otherwise it’s the same price. Beyond that, I don’t think Chris Pirillo has advanced beyond the basic user stage if he’s wowed by poorly implemented features ripped off from OS X and original features that don’t work as advertised. When I messed around with the Release Candidate I was definitely not impressed. Vista won’t be touching any computer I have control over for a very very long time (at least not till after SP1 comes out for it).

  12. Here is an idea. Would MS dare open up an old version of Windows, perhaps Win 2000, to the open source community? I want to see what a community of developers could make of inheriting a pre-existing standard (rather than having to try to build one from scratch). It would help bring MS products to developing countries legally…and encourage the sale of other MS software (such as office, etc).

    Alternately, with Mac OS coming to life on Intel processors, they should consider offering the OS for free as a MS alternative, and concentrate of selling additional hardware (ipods, etc) and software to a suddenly much wider array of Mac users. The possibilities down that road are amazing – exciting.

    I am looking forward to the next two years of OS developments. A critical time for all players and I am waiting for someone to do something extraordinary.

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  14. Lol the funniest thing about this article is that you’re expecting it to crash. I mean come on, that isn’t highlight at all, it shouldn’t be crashing at all. This is yet another time when microsoft shows off how sloppily they put together there operating systems. 4 of these (2,6,9,10) have been on the mac os since the release of os x10. I think the best thing about Windows Vista is the smooth transition from the mac app “Widgets” to “Gadgets”, i bet they thought no one would notice, especially since they are identical.
    I think the folling site almost does justicee to it: http://www.qj.net/windows-vista-is-looking-like-mac-/pg/49/aid/55832

  15. OK, I like too, but…
    Start Menu’s Start Search: Search functionality simply does not works. Mos of the times Search does not find the file I’m looking for. The beta version of Desktop search released by August’06 for XP was infinitely most accurate (and fast).
    Windows Explorer’s Details Pane: Yes, it’s cool, but many times the info that appears in it is partial and messy, and many times when you click in the Details Pane the window does not become active and you have to click again in the Title bar.
    Windows Explorer’s Folders Pane: Favorites pane is cool, but the explorer tree does not works. Many times, when you click in the damned triangle the left pane becomes irresponsible (the right pane works ok, but as the cursor has became the clock one you many pepople does not try it).

  16. “Future Fix Notifications. […] A crash isn’t so bad if you know it’s going to be fixed.”

    One of the top ten features of Vista is psychological help for crash victims!
    WOW! Where can I buy that?

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