You know your flagship operating system has a few issues when a longtime fan takes the time to create an entire website dedicated to highlighting "user experience quirks".
For Windows Vista, that's precisely what Microsoft enthusiast, Long Zheng of istartedsomething.com, has done. His website, titled the Windows UX Taskforce, is a Digg-like "voting-centric community feedback portal", through which users can make known various problems with Microsoft's flagship operating system.
Long Zheng had originally asked his users what Windows user interface quirks they’d like to see fixed or improved in the next version of Windows. Upon realising that Windows quirks are in plentiful supply, Zheng concluded that going through each suggestion by hand wasn't a viable option, and the Windows UX Taskforce website was born.
Zheng states that in the past seven days, 449 submissions have been posted from 573 registered users, and 18,128 votes have been cast. The statistics prove two things; Microsoft users are committed in helping make Windows a more pleasant experience, and Microsoft needs to get its act together on Windows 7.
At the time of writing, the three most popular submissions are as follows:
- Safely Remove Hardware dialog is programmer-oriented, not user-oriented
- Permissions editor is way too complicated and outdated
- Application Continuity - Pick one!
We've got to hand it to Mr Zheng on this one, the Windows UX Taskforce serves a valid purpose and works rather well. The question is, are the folk over at Redmond paying attention? Come on Microsoft, this is your big chance to listen to the community and score brownie points aplenty.
Official Windows UX Taskforce website: istartedsomething.com/taskforce