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18 October 2006 @ 01:04 pm
Has Microsoft Abandoned the power users?  
Of course, my biases are well-docucumented here, but I saw this post entitled Why has Microsoft babandoned the Power User. It's an interesting claim, especially the portion where he claims Microsoft targets a fairly clueless model user named "Abbie". Does this match your perceptions?

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Turning the Schmaltz up to 11pullthestars on October 18th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
I know someone who purchased that costume.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on October 18th, 2006 09:02 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. I don't suppose they purchased it as a joke?
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11pullthestars on October 18th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
Alas, I'm thinking not.
St. Sean the Amused: eeyoreseanb on October 18th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Is this person invited to Saturday's party?
Turning the Schmaltz up to 11pullthestars on October 18th, 2006 09:29 pm (UTC)
Nope :)
Fireball of 3fireballof3 on October 18th, 2006 09:26 pm (UTC)
*points & laughs at costume*

Wow. That's ... epic levels of horrible.
Stupendous Manfarmalloc on October 18th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
I havn't heard anything internally about this Abbie person. As for the l33t features he mentioned that were cut you can still assocate an extenstion with a user-defined file. The list of common applications for a particular file still exist under "Open with". So I don't know what he is talking about there. Also IE7 has the same Toolbar customabilty that IE6 has. Granted the menuing is totally different so maybe he couldn't find out how to do it. So I wouldn't put too much of a grain of salt in that blurb.

If there is anything to complain about Vista it is how not different it is. Really what we have here is XP (really NT) with a new GUI/User Experience, and some pretty signifigant changes for security. But I don't know if it is something worthy of such a long development cycle. Sure it looks different on on occasion acts differently...most anonyingly when the whole screen freezes when you try to access restricted areas (the sudo equivilent)...but really it seems just like a prettier XP.

Perhaps power users will be more exictied with Vista Server which is geared more towards "power applications/users". Think of the differences between XP and Srver 03.
An Introvert's Conversation With Himselfsilentclarity on October 18th, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
Vista's got some enormous changes under the hood. XP->Vista isn't quite as big a change as 95->2k but it's close.
Stupendous Manfarmalloc on October 18th, 2006 11:04 pm (UTC)
Yes there is alot of changes but there is alot more planned changes that should have been there but are not (DB filesystem for example). Personally I think a better way to question Vista, instead of feature change A or missing feature B, is to ask 'is what we are getting in vista really worth the 6 years development cycle.' There was some serious feet dragging in the beginning but a couple years ago they really got the act together and started moving in the right together. I think the vista experience to most will be just a prettier XP and they might wonder why it took so long. Hopefully as alot of the scrapped projects get released out-of-band people will appricate more of the changes under the covers.
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