Windows Vista Screenshots


cr2sh

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kwajo.com said:
star ratings of photos?! :eek: amazing advancement! and that "redesigned" start menu is to DIE FOR!
It's uh... grey now.

Amazing!

Why didn't they steal dashboard?



 

neildmitchell

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That is baboon butt ugly! That can not be for real.
If that is the U.I. they will be using, it might cause more people to switch, just to get away from that U.I..

That it something an uninspired 1st year design student would create.



PITOOWEEE! :p
 

kwajo.com

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neildmitchell said:
That is baboon butt ugly! That can not be for real.
If that is the U.I. they will be using, it might cause more people to switch, just to get away from that U.I..
the UI isn't THAT bad, it's just a waste. they had years to work on a new one, and have all the resources to do something really amazing, but they were microsoft and made it incrementally different, probably to keep people from being scared away (or so they believe)
 

stridey

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cr2sh said:
It's uh... grey now.

Amazing!

Why didn't they steal dashboard?
Hey! There are big differences other than the color change! The "My" is gone! ;)

Seriously though, if the search bar in the start menu is a) fast and b) restricted to apps it might actually be a useful feature. Windows Key + Type app name + enter equals fast launcher. Of course, that's assuming Vista's WinSpotlight has search as you type. Anybody care to confirm or deny?
 

SiliconAddict

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kwajo.com said:
star ratings of photos?! :eek: amazing advancement! and that "redesigned" start menu is to DIE FOR!

Actually it is. Being able to simple type in a few letters and clicking the results will be much faster then start -> Programs -> Atari -> Civ 3 -> Civ 3. Or at least for those who don't org this start menu it will be. I don't know. I definitely will be running the beta when it comes out to see if there is anything worthwhile to WV. Right now I'm not overly excited from the GUI standpoint. Desktop X \ Windowblinds \ a few custom addins can pretty much do everything I'm seeing in these screenshots so.... *shrugs*
 

SiliconAddict

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stridey said:
Hey! There are big differences other than the color change! The "My" is gone! ;)

Seriously though, if the search bar in the start menu is a) fast and b) restricted to apps it might actually be a useful feature. Windows Key + Type app name + enter equals fast launcher. Of course, that's assuming Vista's WinSpotlight has search as you type. Anybody care to confirm or deny?
XP's\ MSN's search toolbar is search as you type so I'm 99% sure this will be as well. Should be fast since its using MS's indexing service which has gotten better and better with each version of Windows since 2000.
I've found that the service in XP coupled with MS's search toolbar isn't as robust as Spotlight (Isn't that a given?) for things like metadata (There are plugins that can take care of this to an extent but its still a half***ed implimentation.) but it is damn fast.
As for the My thing. Wow. I thought I was the only one who thought that was a retarded idea. What? Am I in special ed where I need to be told what is "my" stuff? Whenever I redo a system I always get rid of MY. And rename the recycle bin to Purged Files.
 

kwajo.com

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SiliconAddict said:
Actually it is. Being able to simple type in a few letters and clicking the results will be much faster then start -> Programs -> Atari -> Civ 3 -> Civ 3. Or at least for those who don't org this start menu it will be. I don't know. I definitely will be running the beta when it comes out to see if there is anything worthwhile to WV. Right now I'm not overly excited from the GUI standpoint. Desktop X \ Windowblinds \ a few custom addins can pretty much do everything I'm seeing in these screenshots so.... *shrugs*

no I know the search thing is big, I hate the start menu method as it is now. but I was saying merely from a visual perspective, it's virtually identical
 

csubear

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first off it ugly, it looks very much like an ugly x11 window manager. maybe an older kde, just ugly. And its way to busy, but that's always been a problem with microsoft apps. They are way to busy, too many icons, too many buttons...
 

Jedi128

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I thought it was funny that even on the linked website there were people saying that it looked like Tiger and had copied many of its features... And they are supposed to be Windows users!!!

I think that the improvements that have been made over XP do not look like something that would take say 4 years to make. Why wasn't this system released in 2 or 3 years? They haven't spent their time wisely.... but it is only a couple of screen shots.... I don't think Windlight will be as good as our spotlight, maily becuase we have spotlight now! Well, like I was trying to say its too hard to tell from just a few screen shots so it might be a real improvement but I doubt it.
 

Sharewaredemon

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I don't like that the scroll bar is white on white, blue on white is easier to track down.

Also, I think it's odd that they haven't put the scroll buttons together yet.

I can't handle them being apart.
 

PlaceofDis

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eh, doesnt do anything special for me, looks like they are doing too little but trying to show that they did a lot..... its just bland, and at times too much is going on, i like the smoothness of OS X, although a bit of consistency could help even Apple
 

zakatov

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And I still have not seen a single screenshot of those transparent title bars when two or more windows are maximized (which is how 99% of all windows are used in Winblows)
 

stridey

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zakatov said:
And I still have not seen a single screenshot of those transparent title bars when two or more windows are maximized (which is how 99% of all windows are used in Winblows)
Good point. Unless they break consistancy with the rest of the UI, that'll be VERY cluttered looking and hard to read. Hm...
 

FoxyKaye

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neildmitchell said:
PITOOWEEE! :p
Boy, you said it... I agree with Lord Blackadder that I'd like to see what's under the hood, but that GUI is nasty. It's bad enough the XP GUI feels like it was designed by a bipolar 6-year-old, but jeez, talk about not being able to find anything...

<rant>Gods I hate Windows, I really do. Every time I do something to fix a co-worker's PC, its like the land of 1000 reboots. Usually, they've gotten themselves into some kind of problem that no reasonable OS would ever allow to happen in the first place, as well.</rant>
 

floyde

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Did anyone else notice that the magnifying glass icon on the search bar is exactly the same as finder's except the handle is tilted to the left? :confused:
 

GeeYouEye

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Lord Blackadder said:
From a visual point of view, Vista looks like a minor re-skin, nothing more.

...But what's under the hood?
Other than some of the searching stuff, and probably Palladium, I'd tend to guess "not much." In order to get the thing shipping by CQ4 2006, they've had to strip out just about everything that was going to make it a worthwhile upgrade.
 

Heb1228

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floyde said:
Did anyone else notice that the magnifying glass icon on the search bar is exactly the same as finder's except the handle is tilted to the left? :confused:
Yeah exactly, that was my first thought. Its the mirror image plus the colors are reversed.

How the heck do they figure that's a "redesigned" start menu?! The colors are different but other than that the changes are minimal.

The picture folder looks like a bad copy of iPhoto.

When my Windows friends get all excited about their new OS, I'll be like i've had all those features for 2 years now. :)