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Putting the Final Touches on Windows Vista's "Fit-and-Finish"

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Over at the Windows Shell blog, Program Manager Vinny Pasceri explains the balance necessary to be struck in order to complete the UI polish, or "fit-and-finish", of Windows Vista's UI.  Questions like "will it affect the user’s habits in a bad way?" must always be faced when changing any part of the user interface -- a UI to which Windows users have grown much accustomed.

Don Vronay, Research Manager for the Windows User Experience Compliance Team, is taking feedback on the "fit-and-finish" of Windows Vista.  If you want to add your two cents to the on-going Windows Vista UI discussion, head over to their "Rants and Raves" forum and share your side of the story.

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  • I have posted this to newsgroups and other places but I think it needs to be addressed:

    I just download RC1 and checked out the new backups and found some surprising problems that haven't been addressed as far as I know. The biggest and most surprising to me is that encrypted files don’t get
    backed up. And there is no warning of this. So if you encrypt a folder the files just get skipped. This is NOT GOOD. As people will think files are getting backed up when they are not.

    With the new “ZIP” type format MS is using although nice is some ways, doesn’t seem like it could keep the EFS files encrypted, which is why they probably skip them. This is a huge flaw! I think vista needs the old ntbackup
    put back in for power users.

    Another thing is you can’t specify the paths you want to backup anymore, you just get these vague file types, our company partitions all our drive to C and D and all user data is on D. There doesn’t seem to be away to point the
    new backups at the drives and paths we want. What I would like to see is the NTbackup put back in, for those who know how to use it and already use it in XP. The new system is nice for the very dumb, but not for the power user. And the EFS thing needs to be addressed.

  • While now MS cannot do major UI or code changes, it really will be possible for MS to keep the keyboard shortcut (BackSpace) in Windows Explorer make it go one level up rather than going BACK.

  • And NOBODY REALLY NOBODY SEEMS TO BE LIKING THE ICONS ON THE TASKBAR ESPECIALLY THE NOTIFICATION AREA ONES. THEY LOOK LIKE 16-COLOR OR 256-COLOR ONES.

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