I'm joking about Linux, of course. Nevertheless, this question really interests me. I understand that systems they work on in Microsoft are large and complex. I know very well that bugs may be detected by users only some time later after release. But I don't understand how can one simply not notice obvious bugs in the tools the developers themselves are meant to use regularly?
A few words about classic mistakes to start with. Everything's clear about them: developers may well miss them because they are not the end users. A good example of this is an error in one of the Microsoft Visio versions. It was the 2010 version, I suppose. When you started typing text in Russian into a Basic Flowchart block, it was being typed back to front. I can understand it. Someone has mixed up things and decided that words are written from right to left in the Russian language. Russian and Arabic are absolutely the same, or very similar at least. There were no Russians among testers, and the error got into the release version. I can understand this case.
In my opinion CSS3 Grid Layout Module is one of the most interesting modules in the CSS3 family. The official history of the module as a draft specification is a little less than a year. Also, in December, 2010, there was made the preliminary announcement about CSS Grid Alignment at TPAC 2010 written by Vladimir Yunev. It should also be noted that with a slightly different name and slightly different syntax, but with the same essence, it was declared as a WD as early as 2007. Today, the development of the final design of the module is in full swing, and the pre-implementation is already in Internet Explorer 10, and there is a hope that the support of the new features will also appear in future versions of other popular browsers.
Perhaps, you already know that Windows 8 Consumer Preview and IE 10 Platform Preview 5 were released on February 29, 2012. In this article I'll discuss how to prepare for the new version of IE 10. Moreover, many of these tips could be usable for other browsers with the different platforms.
Microsoft has made quite a few changes to the Windows user interface with Windows 8. Today, we learn about one more change the company has made to the upcoming operating system.
The Verge cites sources close to Microsoft that say the Start button's functionality isn't completely dead:
"We have confirmed with sources close to Microsoft's Windows 8 development that a hot corner has replaced the Start button orb. A thumbnail-like user interface will appear in Metro or desktop mode, providing a consistent way to access the Windows desktop and Start Screen in Windows 8 regardless of touch or mouse input," writes Tom Warren. "The new interface is activated on hover from the lower-left corner of Windows 8 and includes a thumbnail preview of where you will navigate to after clicking on the new visual element."
So, it's gone, but it still exists in some form, it is moved to Charms bar.
We would like to begin with the word "marketing”. As we understand that means "Building a definite opinion of the public in respect of any given object of marketing", but definitely this does not mean “foisting off a useless product". As an example of good marketing is BMW brand. The same thing happened with Windows XP, which is one of the most lasting products of this world.
Take notice that Microsoft is actively pursuing many marketing campaigns and promoting its products in the United States. There is nothing wrong with that. There is a lot of good, because the users who read these newsletters and blogs know what features they will get and how to use them.
For example: "Pinning" of applications and websites on the Windows taskbar.
The Windows 8 developers made happy us by another article in the corporate blog. This time they told us about the enhancements in the installer. As usual, all the enhancements have been made after a careful survey, which indicated that the majority of users find the upgrade installation process complex and challenging.
First of all, a little installer has been made for the Windows OS that is able to download the system image over the Internet. Users will be able to download and install Windows 8 directly online from start to finish. Perhaps, Microsoft developers were inspired by OS X Lion. In order to simplify downloading, the Windows 8 install image will be a slimmer 1.51GB – as opposed to the 2.32GB for Windows 7 x86.
Of course, the system can be installed from a DVD or USB. The process is as simple as possible: now the upgrade requires just 11 clicks.
For comparison, here is the upgrading process for Windows 7.
Today was an imported day for the team of Windows. At the conference BUILD was introduced a new operating system of Windows 8. Broadcasting of the event was at http://buildwindows.com (the recording is available at this site).