I don’t like to sound like a total copycat of all the other doubters, but to me, the February CTP build of Windows Vista can be summarised thusly:
Just like XP but a bit more sexy looking and a bit slower and less responsive (this is with the sexy ‘Aero’ interface running on a NVidia 6600GT). Click on the thumbnails below for the obligatory eyecandy screenshots:
It’s also a lot like XP but with a million warning messages whenever you want to do anything considered mildly ‘system’ or ‘administrative’. This is cool, but the warnings are so many and so similar, that I reckon the average Joe user will start seeing dialog boxes intended to look like this:
…like this instead:
I don’t know how you could solve that issue. Maybe it’s just because I’m a ‘power user’ so I’m hitting up against these warnings constantly when I’m trying to get the OS to behave the way I want it to. How does Apple handle it? In Linux you have to explicitly ‘su’ or login as root to achieve a lot of the stuff you want to do. Does Microsoft think that totally disabling these things and forcing an explicit rights elevation is too much to ask of everyday users? I say fuck the users: everyday users should be made to think about what they are trying to do, rather than a simple little “are you sure” box.
And yes, I know I can change security policies to disable the warnings, which I will no doubt do in the final version of Vista.