Microsoft Products - What sucks and what rocks...

4 May 2011 - 7:01pm
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Maurice
2009

Hi all,

I haven't posted in a while, but read through posts everyday. That said.

I will have an opportunity to sit with a few of the UX and UI Designers in an interview.
Because some/many/most of you are using Windows and some/many/most of their software I would like to cast a net and see how you all feel about some/many/most of their products.

What bugs you?
What makes no sense?
What really sucks?
What's really good?

This is for any tool in their arcenal !!! Any product !!!
(At this moment I can't figure out how to remove my previous searches within Windows Explorer)

So. Instead of going there with sheilds, I would like to be fully armed with some "what the heck were you thinking" questions.
Maybe we can have some impact by shining some light, from our end.

BTW - It bugs me that IxDA does not have a real-time spell checker yet. What's up with that?

Anyway. Looking forward to your feedback.
Thanks in advanced.




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5 May 2011 - 7:06am
Maurice
2009
Hmmm...Is IxDA fading away? I've gotten 10 times more response from my LinkedIn group. Imagine that!
5 May 2011 - 7:47am
Jo Packer
2010

I moved on to a mac about 3 years ago, but still have to use a pc laptop from time to time.

Major buig bear for me comes in the first minutes. It takes forever for a PC to unhiberate or boot up compared to a mac. I have an hour or so daily train commute and every morning I sit down open my mac and start typing, my pc counterparts are left for 3 - 10 mins waiting before they can start work. 

5 May 2011 - 7:50am
Jo Packer
2010

One good point that springs to mind is Excel for mac 2011. This product is a massive improvement on the previous version. It's much faster and dosen't crash nearly as often, this makes my life a lot easier, less frustrating and stops me cursing.

 

 

5 May 2011 - 3:34pm
pkdaly
2010

I have to say, at the risk of flamers, and though it is a moot point now, the MS Zune is/was a better product than iPod/iTunes.  It had subcription model and social in the beginning, and it wasn't locked down. The desktop manager is even better (iTunes is like using Excel to manage your library). Playing music on the Zune app is very cool, with visualizations of artist images, tying in the social network and related music. 

XBox is pretty good,  and for PC gaming Windows is the only real option.

Not a fan of the Office Fluent UI (ribbon, BackstageTM, though the mini toolbar is good).  Sharepoint is much needed business tool, but a pain to use.

As a user of Windows 3.0 on, I also say Windows 7  is pretty damn good.

27 May 2011 - 3:57pm
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2010

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27 May 2011 - 3:57pm
jet
2008

This might be a "but it feels so good when I stop" attitude, but Office 2011, in particular Outlook 2011, is really usable. Like most mid-sized companies we have an exchange farm to keep sales/finance happy, and connecting to it from Outlook 2011 is a much better experience than Mail.app/iCal. Unlike Entourage you can actually get a lot of stuff done quickly and without worrying about crashes and beachballs of death.

OTOH, they've left out totally obvious features that are in every mail program I've used in the past ~five years. For example, there's no way (that I can find) to organize messages by threads and sorted by time. Once in groups (or "Conversations") if you click on the sort-by-time it un-Conversations the messages back into a list.

27 May 2011 - 3:58pm
Sachendra
2005

Really Good

Besides what pkdaly mentioned: - IE 9 is pretty amazing - Kinect is a game changer

What Bugs me

Windows Mobile App Store, but I hope it'll improve in time

27 May 2011 - 3:57pm
monkeyshine
2010

Who and what is this for? Is it a study? And who is it you'll be taking all of this armed data to? 

On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 8:12 PM, Maurice Carty <mo_vibes@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi all,

I haven't posted in a while, but read through posts everyday. That said.

I will have an opportunity to sit with a few of the UX and UI Designers in an interview.
Because some/many/most of you are use Windows and some/many/most of their software I will like to cast a net and see how you all feel about some/many/most of their products.

What bugs you?
What makes no sense?
What really sucks?
What's really good?

This is for any tool in their arcenal !!! Any product !!!
(At this moment I can't figure out how to remove my previous searches within Windows Explorer)

So. Instead of going there with sheilds, I would like to be full armed with some "what the heck were you thinking" questions.
Maybe we can have some impact by shining some light, from our end.

BTW - It bugs me that IxDA does not have a real-time spell checker yet. What's up with that?

Anyway. Looking forward to your feedback.
Thanks in advanced.


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27 May 2011 - 3:57pm
Moses Wolfenstein
2010

Office generally drives me crazy. It feels like the UI actually gets worse with every release. To be fair, most of my time is spent with Word and PowerPoint. When I use Excel I don't generally have as many issues with the design.
My number one issue with Word is long documents and images. It exhibits absolutely bizarre behaviors when you have a long document and you want to position an image in a reasonable location. I'd almost rather they didn't even give me the ability to put images into a Word doc, because then I'd never be tempted to try.
Additionally, their choice to keep pushing the ribbon on releases of Word for Mac (and especially Styles within the ribbon on 2011 for OSX) drives me a little buggy. The amount of real estate they've given to styles is almost insulting as the default styles are just not terribly sensible.
Xbox interface in general is pretty good, and the hardware redesign on the Xbox slim is particularly solid. That said, the Xbox Live website is fairly terrible.

just a few thoughts on the matter -Moses
Take for example Word 2011 for OSX. They made a decision to emphasize Styles giving a huge amount of screen real estate on the ribbon over to Styles. The problem here is that I don't use Styles, and in fact on the vast majority of documents I work on Styles are pretty much not relevant.


On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 7:04 PM, Maurice Carty <mo_vibes@hotmail.com> wrote:

Hi all,

I haven't posted in a while, but read through posts everyday. That said.

I will have an opportunity to sit with a few of the UX and UI Designers in an interview.
Because some/many/most of you are use Windows and some/many/most of their software I will like to cast a net and see how you all feel about some/many/most of their products.

What bugs you?
What makes no sense?
What really sucks?
What's really good?

This is for any tool in their arcenal !!! Any product !!!
(At this moment I can't figure out how to remove my previous searches within Windows Explorer)

So. Instead of going there with sheilds, I would like to be full armed with some "what the heck were you thinking" questions.
Maybe we can have some impact by shining some light, from our end.

BTW - It bugs me that IxDA does not have a real-time spell checker yet. What's up with that?

Anyway. Looking forward to your feedback.
Thanks in advanced.


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