Monday, January 22, 2007

Windows vs. Windows

With less than 10 days before the official Vista launch, how will people find the new experience? Seems like they aren’t competing with Linux or Mac OS X, but the existing version of Windows. So I went to the official Microsoft website to see what new features they are promoting. Voila! #1 is User Experience! Nice:

Windows Vista introduces a breakthrough user experience and is designed to help you feel confident in your ability to view, find, and organize information and to control your computing experience.

The visual sophistication of Windows Vista helps streamline your computing experience by refining common window elements so you can better focus on the content on the screen rather than on how to access it. The desktop experience is more informative, intuitive, and helpful. And new tools bring better clarity to the information on your computer, so you can see what your files contain without opening them, find applications and files instantly, navigate efficiently among open windows, and use wizards and dialog boxes more confidently.

“Feel confident” and “visual sophistication” are terms right at the top of their list of key features. After that there are things pushed such as Windows Aero, Flip and Flip 3D. I wonder if there really was customer feedback that led them to think that being able to see through the taskbar would make the experience markedly better.

People have expectations of their current Windows computing experience. How will Vista enhance the things that Time’s Person of the Year does? How does it help the top things Time lists such as Wikipeding, YouTubing. MySpacing, Facebooking and Second Living? People currently do these things expecting the OS to work the way it does (or tries to) today.

More on Windows Vista features on their official site.


Steve Portigal said...

Dude, you are jetlagged! You left off the end of your post!

Michael Grossman said...

I think it was some sort of Microsoft mind trick, making me think I had posted the link. Go to the link and stare at the gaze of user experience and tell me you don't feel woozy.