ChiaFong

Why do I need Vista – take 2

In OS on 25 January, 2006 at 10:45 am

There is a comment about my previous post on Windows Vista.  I have to say that to a certain extent, I agree with the comment.  The look and feel of Windows Vista is going to be just “incrementally better”.  But the user experience is going to be substantially better, at least from the look of the current build, it has the potential to be substantially better.

For example:

  1. Microsoft is going to take bulky dialog boxes (that give too much information) and simplify them to become much more task oriented.  When user need more information, they can then follow the link that is on the simpler dialog
  2. Another aspect would be security, it would be much harder for spyware and virus to attack Windows Vista, and user can then feel more secure when surfing the Internet
  3. The revamp of the Graphic pipeline will mean that for the first time adding a decent 3D Graphic card will make your system become much more responsive as all graphic related rendering will then be offload to the GPU

Google and Apple started to talk about having a indexed file system so as to enable a better desktop search after Microsoft announce their intention at PDC 2003.  Both Google and Apple then race to beat Microsoft by coming out with the desktop search way before Microsoft did.

Having said that, I find that the “spectacular improvement” might not come from the OS itself but by the tools that Microsoft is going to make available for developer to use.  Namely, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation.  You can take a look at this video for a glimpse of what can happen in the future.

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