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darcilicious
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Re: Sacrificing functionality for simplicity

After that big icons, huge low density dialog boxes, transparency and aero effects have replaced that focus in development...

What are you using your PC for specifically that these are even issues? Windows 7 in no way made my life harder (at work or at home) than using XP. In fact, the months that I was still stuck with XP at work while having W7 at home drove me nuts.

Is it the ribbon in Office apps? Because I don't see what big icons or transparency has to do with preventing "power users" from being efficient...

I'm sincere in asking this question because I honestly don't get it. But maybe everyone else is using their PC in a totally different way than I am...
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OZO
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said by darcilicious:

Is it the ribbon in Office apps?

Yep, it's just one of the examples. You have your client area occupied by menu, that should be accessed via the old and effective drop down menu approach. Windows Explorer is yet another example. E.g. big status bar in WE W7, that now shows much less useful data, than small line of text in similar program in WXP...
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darcilicious
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said by OZO:

said by darcilicious:

Is it the ribbon in Office apps?

Yep, it's just one of the examples. You have your client area occupied by menu, that should be accessed via the old and effective drop down menu approach. Windows Explorer is yet another example. E.g. big status bar in WE W7, that now shows much less useful data, than small line of text in similar program in WXP...

I just minimize the ribbon in Office and I rarely need the status area of Windows Explorer (which is also resizable up to a point)

Guess it's just not an issue for me. I do a medium amount of web development, create a ton of documents, use Outlook for email and as my primary task manager at work and I don't feel hindered at all.

Now I will say that SharePoint sucks but it seems to be a necessary evil at my current place of employment (and in one instance, it's actually a step up from the CMS it replaced, which is saying something!)

However, for the general use of the OS and the apps that I use, I much prefer W7 over XP.
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OZO
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said by darcilicious:

I rarely need the status area of Windows Explorer (which is also resizable up to a point)

Here you'll find screen shots I'm talking about. Look how efficiently (or may be not) Windows Explorer uses screen space in W7 vs WXP. And here you'll find discussion about efficiency on new WE design in W7 (here in particular).
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Keep it simple, it'll become complex by itself...


darcilicious
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said by OZO:

said by darcilicious:

I rarely need the status area of Windows Explorer (which is also resizable up to a point)

Here you'll find screen shots I'm talking about. Look how efficiently (or may be not) Windows Explorer uses screen space in W7 vs WXP. And here you'll find discussion about efficiency on new WE design in W7 (here in particular).

From Computer, I like the status view in W7 much better than XP (Single disk selected, not sure why the caption messed up, sorry)
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