Windows Vista Video

There’s a video floating around of somone showing off the new Alt-Tab features in Windows Vista. It’s pretty nice looking. Unfortunately it’s not an improvement in usability. It’s only pretty. The idea that someone would need a preview window to see a movie playing is ridiculous. If someone needs to see a preview of a movie that they already have open, then they aren’t really watching it in the first place. The idea of a three dimensional user interface won’t be mature until we actually have a literal three dimensional user interface. All this prettiness accomplishes is selling higher end graphics cards for ATI and nVidia. I’ll stick with OS X and exposé. It might not be as pretty, but it’s lightyears ahead in usability.

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