Bill Gates on the Windows user experience, in an internal email from 2004:
"Someone decided to trash the one part of Windows that was usable? The file system is no longer usable. The registry is not usable. This program listing was one sane place but now it is all crapped up. But that is just the start of the crap."
Amazing how little has changed in the last 15 years.
@fribbledom 2004 was vista?
He's talking about XP and Windows Update.
@fribbledom ah ok
@fribbledom Why he didn't fix it? He was the boss.
@fribbledom I think he really liked the 'Start' menu.
I was working at Microsoft when Win 95 shipped and went to the launch party. They had licensed the Rolling Stones song 'Start Me Up' for the TV commercials, so it was playing on a loop. I hate that song now.
@fribbledom This would be a great moment for the "Every OS sucks" song 😏
@fribbledom My favorite little detail: "This is after I was told we were doing delta patches to things but instead just to get 6 things that are labeled in the SCARIEST possible way I had to download 17meg"
17MB of Windows Update being cause for distress! How times have changed.
Granted looking at https://jcmit.net/diskprice.htm disk prices were around $1/GB in 2004, whereas we're at something like $0.02/GB these days, so by my hard drive inflation calculations that 17MB cost about what you'd spend per GB today 😱
@fribbledom … in some ways it's gotten worse since then!
I tried logging in to my Microsoft account a few days ago and had "fun": https://tabletop.social/@kirby/103029295831616190
After that I spent several hours trying to get Windows (which updates pretty much every time I turn it on and/or off!) to install more updates that is somehow had not already installed.
@fribbledom I also had to smile when reading the part about the performance of windows update. This could be about Windows 10 as well...
@fribbledom actually, Windows UX isn’t quite this horrible anymore. I have a Windows development machine at work and it gets me quite far. My biggest issue is usually open source software that silently assumes unixy things about its execution environment ;)
'So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated' - Christ - that is absolutely priceless !
...and when Bill Gates (or any senior manager) says 'I am quite disappointed', I always think it's brilliantly understated and carries a quiet air of menace.
@fribbledom Windows was ever usable? When did that happen?
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