If you can't beat them, join them, my mother always said.
Hope she was right.
I really like Windows 7 and it is and will be the OS I use.
However there are some things, mainly GUI quirks that should be addressed by MS.
1. The status bar.
It has grown three times in height, and while the bar is quite informative in case of certain files, yet in most case it uses less than 20% of the space.
Even worse is the fact that for folders it doesn't show the crucial information one would like to get.
In fact the only way to get it is right click/properties.
When you click on a folder in the right pane it will merely show:
the name of the folder,
the fact it is a filefolder, (really?)
when it was last edited
When you click on a folder in the left pane it only shows how many items are in it.
If the folder is shared, the bar will show it's shared and with whom.
And the shared with whom is erroneous, because it says it's shared with myself, while in fact in the shared settings it's shared with Everyone. The fact the folder is shared should be represented by a shared icon overlay so it's instantly recognizable, but MS decided an administrator would be much happier clicking on ever single folder in the tree.
Come on MS, it's a statusbar, I want to see the status of the folder,
not just the name and when it was last edited.
2. Shared Icon Overlay
The info on a folder I would like to see on the statusbar is:
1. First and foremost the SIZE of the folder. Is that too much to ask?
2. How many files there are in the folder.
3. Creation date.
4. Ownership maybe? Is owned by.....
5. The permission the current user has for that folder?
6. The path.
I mentioned this before, but I can't state this enough.
This single little thing might hold corporations from moving to Windows 7 and Server 2008 r2.
3. To get to WPA settings is confusing.
In a folder tree I want to instantly recognize the shared folders!
Microsoft, bring this back to us ASAP!!!
4. Still to many dialogs on top of the other.
Manage wireless networks on the left pane vs wireless properties on the network properties tab.
Why are they named differently?
Why is WEP not in the list with WPA, WPA2 etc., but hidden under shared?
That's one of my general points of criticism.
Although better than in XP and Vista, things that belong together are still to much spread out, and still to many dialogs on top of the other.
And so many legacy XP kind of dialogs.
Take Network Settings, Device Manager, File properties, Security tab, Shared tab, you name it.
All these small dialogs with even more buttons to open yet another dialog that resides on top of the other.
What they did with Network Centre is a step in the right direction,
although clicking on the items brings you back to XP style dialogs.
They should have done it for all these annoying dialogs.
Microsoft, HELLO??!!, it's the 21st century, we have 22" screens and up you know?
Get rid of those ugly and counterproductive dialogs.
Having said all this, I still feel Windows 7 is the best OS they made,
and I am very happy with it.
But there is tons of room for improvement.
All trolls satisfied now?