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Commenter bigAPE complained: "If the author is such a visionary why is he writing blogs instead of the next Windows OS." The commenter called the post another "told you so article." I gave the advice before Vista shipped, and it was mostly right. I didn't second-guess afterwards. Anyone that followed my analyst blog between 2004-2006 would have seen this advice spread out among various posts. But bigAPE has a point about making a positive contribution. So, once again, I offer my advice to Microsoft, this time for Windows 7. I encourage Microsoft Watch readers to do the same with their comments.
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Microsoft must reduce the security complexity through good software development—and not just writing good code, but in approach to UIs and security motifs. Windows Live OneCare is on the right path with the stoplight motif. Green is good. Red means possible trouble.
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I very much agree with the majority of that article, especially "Better doesn't mean tons more features".
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Yea but you got to remember we are smarter than the average computer user on this forum, hopefully we are at least.., and we know that a ton of extra features doesn't mean it's better, but try telling that to the average computer user, they think extra features means everything. To them it's like getting a car with all the extra features, sounds fancy...
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Yea but you got to remember we are smarter than the average computer user on this forum, hopefully we are at least.., and we know that a ton of extra features doesn't mean it's better, but try telling that to the average computer user, they think extra features means everything. To them it's like getting a car with all the extra features, sounds fancy...
agreed. a lot of people on here forget and think the average computer user knows what some users on here know when its the exact opposite.
    
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Since when does the average user want LESS features?!?! MS is a business, and like any good business, they do what will sell.

What I wish they would do is have an advanced tab in the re-install options to disable features you don't want.
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I cannot disagree with that article more

"Any process requiring more than two mouse clicks is too complicated"

Removing options and menus does make a task simpler, but it makes the once in a blue moon task EXTREMELY frustrating. Because long complicated menus confuse people, we will simply get rid of them. Now you can no longer specify your IP address for your default gateway cause having that option would confuse people /sarcasm

The radically changed UI... people cried bloody murder when they changed the Vista UI, not to even mention the Office 2007 UI. Most people I know will not switch to Office 2007 seeing as the "ribbon" UI is actually more confusing. I don't even like to use windows media player due to the UI and how you have to "enable" the toolbar. Their customers have learned the toolbar, thats what their used to. Ditching it only makes them resent the new version.

(I actually agree with 2,3,4)

5. I agree with touch... but not voice. Perhaps if you're busy doing something and want the computer to play a song, yeah sure great. But has anyone tried the vista voice command software? It's amazing gets 90% of the words, but I can STILL type faster than I can speak. I can move the mouse quicker than I can tell the computer to start up firefox.

Why the added this under point five I dont know, but I love the "IT organizations embraced the Office 2007 UI" not a single person I know prefers it to the old system. Heck there was such a market for toolbars there exists software to put them back in Add back toolbars in office 2007

6. I agree the seven (or whatever number) SKUs of vista was too many. But there is a CLEAR distinction between home and business users. Separating them only makes sense, why would a corporate PC need media center? Why would a home user need file encryption? Of course you have the rare people who want both, so 3 SKUs seems good. A home, business, and ultimate.

7 is covered in 6 above.
8 synchronization is good. The Microsoft surface demonstrates this clearly.
9 I really don't have an opinion for or against.

10 Fundamentally flawed? Trying to stop a security threat rather than licking the wound left afterwards is a MUCH better way to approach security than the writer's airbag analogy.

To use an analogy of my own, take mountain climbing. You have a safety guide that keeps you one the correct path. One small step in the wrong direction and you could fall a LONG way. As long as you don't unfasten the guide you'll be fine.

For those who are experienced they can stray from the guide and be fine, but for those who aren't landing on a mattress after you've fallen 1,000 feet doesn't help you much.

Thats the purpose of UAC, to force the underprivileged user to STAY on the safe path. However, most people simply run as administrator and rather than get a password prompt they get "cancel or allow" Car crashes are not malicious they are not TRYING to hurt the driver, viruses are, and trying to cause as little damage as possible rather than avoiding it all together is idiotic.

If you read this far I applaud you, this probably belongs in the rant section The author seems pro mac, anti Microsoft. It appears as if he hasn't really USED vista, but rather just looked at it. As for the changes he suggest as it stands now the modern computers is based around the keyboard, once we change that (touch screen or whatever) then we can talk about changing UI and fundamental design. He asserts that the average user is stupid (which I happen to agree with), but removing choice in lieu of simplicity is not a way to move forward. I agree features don't make the product, but neither does a shiny coating.
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What I would love to see from MS is a detailed questionnaire during the installation process. Start with the basics..."Will you be using this PC for A) gaming, B) media center, C) office/productivity D) a combination/all of the above". Then move on to more detailed
questions..."Will you be using a smart card?", Will you use this PC to play Blu-Ray movies?" etc. Once the questionnaire is filled out, perform a thorough polling of all the hardware. Count the HD's and video cards, see how much RAM and free HD space are available, look for USB components, look for a wireless adapter, look for an IR reciever, etc. Use the data from the questionnaire and hardware polling to configure the installation to what the user needs instead of just guessing and installing everything by default. Also make it easy to change your answers later by popping the DVD back in and filling out the questionnaire again. Windows is already pretty good at finding new hardware, but the whole PC industry needs to consider a new hardware ID system. A small ROM chip with the type of component/brand/model/revision number listed in a format Windows could understand would really help as opposed to the "PCI communications device" or "unknown device" we have now. This would cut back or eliminate the need to "streamline" the OS by disabling all the unnecessary services and would help ensure that the OS had correct and up-to-date drivers for each component.

I also agree about DRM. It is annoying, regressive, and intrusive. MS will not be held accountable if I do something illegal with my PC any more than an ISP is held accountable when someone uses an internet connection to commit fraud or download copyrighted material. MS is not a police department and they shouldn't act like they are.

There was a time when MS had enough power to sway the media producers...what happened? Why is the biggest company in America caving to a cartel? MS still dominates the OS market. If the media producers want their products to be successful, working with MS to make their format PC compatible would be a smart idea. Somehow this time around, the tables were reversed and MS caved to the MPAA in order to support a product that isn't even all that popular and is only gaining market penetration slowly.

For the next OS, MS should quit worrying about media pressure and instead focus on on-line content delivery. Yes, eventually Blu-Ray will become a common household product, but I don't feel that one aspect should be enough to intentionally cripple a whole OS. If the media producers won't allow MS to support a format because MS refuses to cripple their OS, then so be it. I guarantee the media producer will be hurt far more than MS. It isn't like people will say "I can't play my newfangled disk thingie on my PC? I guess I just won't buy one." There isn't alot of competition for MS, but there are plenty of competing media formats. The more likely situation would be for people to stick with the existing, compatible product or use an on-line content provider instead of the newfangled disk thingie.
 
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Better = Stable and Compatability
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