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: