At this point in its development cycle, Vista is wrapping up, pages are being stamped, and volumes are being closed. It’s not done, but it’s as close to RC1 as it can get, and Release Candidates are theoretically lock-down final bug-bashing opportunities, and not much gets changed at that point. So Build 5472 is for many a last opportunity to bug the irritations and annoyances that still remain in Windows Vista and we don’t plan to miss out on the fun!
No matter what people say about Vista, it does look great, but some things in a completely redesigned operating system scream “Look at me! I’m from the year 1991!” and leave us wondering what it is that’s actually happening at times. Here are some of the weirdest ranked in order of irritation.
Microsoft has shipped the same program with its OS ever since Windows 3.11 and the same kids that first learned to use a PC and draw on Paint back in the day are now teaching their own kids to do the same: besides the top-aligned colors bar, nothing has changed!
- Windows Mail Communication Dialog.
Windows Mail has been redesigned, coded from scratch, renamed, and rebranded – except for the Windows 95 icons on the communication screen of course.. What’s up with that!?
- The Windows 2.0 Fonts Dialog.
Vista looks great. It has 10 awesome new fonts, but what’s this? It still has the original Windows Font Dialog for new font installs? And the same crappy new font detection/installation routines too that come crashing down if a font is already installed?
- The Internet Explorer Import/Export Dialog.
Internet Explorer 6 fell behind the browser pack, and it was survival of the fittest from then on, until IE7 came along and made a world of a difference, except for the import dialog from the 60s, but they’re doing something about it… we hope!
None of these things are major problems that would stop a consumer from buying an operating system if that’s all what’s wrong.. But they sure don’t look nice compared to all the shiny new controls and the otherwise-perfected icons and polished user interface, it just doesn’t feel right. Like they always say “If you’re going to do something, do it right.”