Engineering Manager | Trail Runner | Stockholm, Sweden

Windows 7

The update system has never been the strong suite of Windows. I suppose everyone remembers fondly the pop-up dialog windows of XP prompting you to restart that came back right away when you closed them. The Windows 7 version is similar but at least you can specify a 4 hour grace period (at most) until which time the notification does not come back to pester you.

What happened today on my work PC was really annoying, though. I was happily typing away closing in on the end of a paragraph, ready to smash ‘Enter’. At this precise point the god-forsaken pop-up reared its ugly head and it stole the focus from the then current window. As a result my ‘Enter’ went to the default selection on the dialog window, which was, you can probably guess: ‘Restart now’. I could only watch helplessly as the system closed down all my open applications one by one, severed the remote desktop connection, and commenced updating itself.

I understand the problem that users are reluctant to restart to update so they need to be educated, but really, dear Microsoft, really, a focus stealing pop-up? Do you call this UX?

Windows 7

The part of the internet who’s not yet apathetic about Microsoft’s announcements is happily blathering about the new features. Well it’s interesting enough – in my opinion – that the inclusion of options for the user to switch annoying notifications off has to be considered a feature…

Also, it might be just me, but the new taskbar reminds me of KDE’s (especially KDE 4’s) a great deal. Also it’s hard not to notice that with the Libraries added the folder view is increasingly reminiscent that of OS X’s. I’m quite sure Steve won’t fail to mention it in the next Keynote.

Not passing judgement here, just saying. It’ll be interesting to see by the time W7 ships (promised 2011) how linux desktop systems and Mac OS would look.