The Windows 7 Graphical User Interface (GUI), despite all of the ballyhoo about its slickness, is INCREDIBLY inconsistent and leaves a lot to be desired.
I will give you an easy one first, sticky notes. The Windows 7 sticky notes violates every single GUI precept! You don’t even get a copy option … never mind a print capability. Cut, copy & print are fundamental GUI operations. Trust me. Sticky notes doesn’t give you any. I don’t use sticky notes, but if I did I would soon despair. The lack of these basic functions is like having a TV where you can’t change channels.
Now try the Windows 7 calculator … which really is the same as that which was there is Windows 98 (if not earlier). Try something really trivial. Try selecting the number displayed on the calculator. You know … put the cursor over it … and try to select it … so that you can copy it. YOU CAN’T SELECT IT! However, to be fair, the calculator does support COPY & PASTE, from the edit menu. Copy, though, selects and copies the WHOLE displayed number. You don’t have the option of selecting and copying a subset of the displayed numbers. This galls me no end.
OK. Now to even bigger holes … albeit in areas that most users will never venture.
Look at the Windows 7 ‘Update History’. You can get to it from the Control Panel or via the ever helpful Action Center.
You get a whole window of all of the installed Updates … and the date they were installed. Here is a snapshot … as ever done using the Snipper … whose GUI doesn’t have the mandatory UNDO.
You can’t even do a CTRL+A to select all of the entries in the window.
Basically you can’t copy the entries in that window. GO FIGURE.
I wanted to copy the entries, paste it into Excel and do some analysis. I was foiled. This is inexcusable.
Yes, I know that Windows 8 is in the works. Well, Microsoft, forget the flash. PLEASE start by getting the bare basics RIGHT. That way the Mac folks won’t continue to make fun of us. Here is an easy metaphor to help you get this right. I call it the tale of the two ‘Steves.’ One dapper. The other looks best in drag. The GUIs they are responsible for, alas, follow that paradigm. The Mac GUI is dapper. Windows 7 GUI can be a drag.