Monthly Archives: January 2007
A Messenger detail…
One of the most compelling things about some companies’ products is the small details the customer initially doesn’t know about but discovers after using the product. In Microsoft’s case, such details are usually usability features like a keyboard shortcuts or “intelligent” features to prevent extraneous typing. Very rarely are the small details visual in nature.
After sending a screenshot of my conversation window to a contact of mine as a joke, he identified something odd. The Sharing Folders icon in the toolbar showed the Windows Vista folder icon whereas on his Windows XP install, it was showing the XP folder icon. It’s a nice detail but I only hope that in the future other more important details might be done. I for one would like to see some Aero glass in Messenger, especially in toasts.
Here’s a screenshot of the differences of the two icons:
Skype remote callerID and control
The application has one major flaw however; it requires a ton of CPU power for its functionality to work properly. Since I started to use Vista full time on my primary PC, Skype became virtually useless as during a call — the PC became incredibly slow, my contacts complained (more so than normally) about not being able to understand me and the application would bring Vista’s Aero interface and my other applications to a halt.
SkypeClient (to run on the Client computer)
Outlook: let’s update your appointments!
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US && Canada)
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US && Canada) (Update)
Subject: MVP Global Summit 2007
Old Start Time: Monday, March 12, 2007 5:00 AM
New Start Time: Monday, March 12, 2007 5:00 AM
Old End Time: Friday, March 16, 2007 5:00 AM
New End Time: Friday, March 16, 2007 5:00 AM