Laundry List for Windows

15 Oct

Microsoft has been enjoying an almost monopoly in enterprise and consumer computing for almost as long as personal computers has existed. But as Android and iOS gains popularity, Microsoft needed to take necessary measurements.

The Metro Modern design language is in my opinion Microsoft’s doorway to dominating next generation of computing. But as it stands, compared to the desktop environment, it is still woefully lacking. This post is intended to be a “laundry list” of tweaks I believe Microsoft needs to do on Windows for a improved user experience.

Windows Desktop

Add podcast support into Windows Media Player. OR Update Zune.

Desktop can get Metro Interface elements like this.

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Internet Explorer zoom settings should be independent of the Metro IE.

Desktop apps should be able to integrate with charms bar too. Do more than just screenshot share.

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Mature “Journalists”

27 Sep

A fine example of how some tech journalists behave on the face of criticism about how biased and an uninformed they sound. To be fare the OP did write something objectionable, but not one editor had the decency to face any of his point.

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If this what the next generation of tech journalists are like, we are gonna have some very bad time. These people are supposed to be actual journalists, not some arm chair CEO like me!

Surface Dimension I Want

16 Sep

I did some research on what I want for a Tablet’s dimensions.

Best aspect ratio in my opinion is 3:2
3:2 or 1.5 is the average of 4:3(1.333) and 16:9(1.667)
A happy middle ground of portrait and landscape.
Proposal: 1920:1280

Surface’s Dimensions:
Height: 1080/208=5.1923"
Width: 1920/208=9.2308"
Diagonal: Sqrt(5.1923^2+9.2308^2)=10.59092290265584 -> Verified
Screen area: 5.1923" *9.2308" =47.9291 inch2

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Microsoft’s Next Boss

2 Sep

On the wake of the news that Microsoft is acquiring Nokia, I believe its safe to bet that Stephen Elop is going to be appointed the next CEO of the software giant. He was already one of the most anticipated person, but him leaving Nokia to lead Microsoft would have left Microsoft in a bad strategic position. But now that Elop is back, with Nokia (as we knew) with him, everything falls into right places.

Laundry List for Windows

24 Jul

Microsoft has been enjoying an almost monopoly in enterprise and consumer computing for almost as long as personal computers has existed. But as Android and iOS gains popularity, Microsoft needed to take necessary measurements.

The Metro Modern design language is in my opinion Microsoft’s doorway to dominating next generation of computing. But as it stands, compared to the desktop environment, it is still woefully lacking. This post is intended to be a “laundry list” of tweaks I believe Microsoft needs to do on Windows for a improved user experience.

Windows Desktop

Add podcast support into Windows Media Player. OR Update Zune.

Desktop can get Metro Interface elements like this.

clip_image002clip_image001

Internet Explorer zoom settings should be independent of the Metro IE.

Desktop apps should be able to integrate with charms bar too. Do more than just screenshot share.

Continue reading

Majestic Elop

12 Jul

Some people like him, some don’t, some think he is a Trojan Horse planted by Microsoft. I however am firmly in the first group. I believe as a CEO he’s been great to Nokia, and his decision to go with Windows Phone will turn out to be one of the best in years. But those are more complex issues, out of scope for this particular post.

This post is for this, just look at him being majestic! (image by TheVerge)

 

He looks totally awesome!

Real “Issue” With Windows 8 Start Screen

9 Jun

It will NOT come as a shocker. Not to most people anyway. This will sound condescending, but sometimes you have to be that way to say that need be said. The issue is quite simple really, that is people are dumb. Maybe not funny movie dumb or sitcom dumb, but dumb nonetheless.

With Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a feature called Start Menu Search, or more commonly known as Start Search. With this you could hit start button, on your keyboard or on the taskbar, and start typing what you need and Windows would present the desired object in front of you. Now note that, when I say “commonly known “, I mean people who are least bit versed with Windows. In my experience, the vast majority of Windows user simply do not use this feature. They still launch a program the same way they used to with classic Start Menu since Windows 95 days, by browsing it. So when they are presented with the Start Screen of Windows 8, they no longer know how to do that in here as there is no longer a button shouting “All Programs”, which I will admit Microsoft’s fault. But that button issue withstanding, when I and many other people simple start typing to get to what we need, most people immediately dismiss the Start Screen. You may call it Microsoft’s fault, and I’ll admit it partly is, but mostly it’s just that people are stupid. It has been more than 7 years Start Search has been available to Windows users, how more time do these people need?

Get on with the program already!

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