Internet Explorer 8 goes RC1

As of today the feature-complete IE8 goes RC1. It comes in Windows XP (32 and 64 bit), Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit), Server 2003 (32 and 64 bit), and Server 2008 (32 and 64 bit) flavors.

Download: here

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Vista: is it really that terrible, or just bad PR?

Is all the bad press Vista has gotten really just the placebo effect? Is it really that bad? Microsoft shows off their “New OS” “Mojave” to people who have not used Vista but have some negative thoughts or feelings about it to see if it indeed is the negative press that gives Vista a bad rap. I think this shows Microsoft’s ingenuity to work out a problem that might just be a bad PR problem with Vista, it also goes to show that stuffy old Microsoft can “think out of the box”.

Microsoft’s Mojave Experiment

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Microsoft says Vista UAC needs work.

M$ admitted that UAC prompts needs work, the fact that most of these prompts are confusing to users and downright annoying. I remember back in beta 1 when I first noticed the UAC prompts I quickly found out how to disable this “feature” as I myself was quite annoyed by them.

“Clearly there is work that has to be done around the UAC prompts — in part because of user feedback that they get the prompts at times they don’t necessarily expect them and it is not intuitive.

“If you give people too many prompts in too many situations, they view it as an impediment to getting their work done and they just start clicking ok on everything,” said Charney. He said that the language used in prompts is also confusing.

“We give them dialogues and prompts that don’t help them make the right decision as often as we would like. You can be surfing the Web and get a warning that this site is out of another site’s control, or you may be passing data to another site. What is a user supposed to do with that information?

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Just for fun…

Heh just for fun I was playing around with Windows 3.1…

Windows 3.1 Calc in Vista

Neat huh?

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