Ideas for “Windows 8”

Though Windows 7 is just out the door, Microsoft is already in the making of its successor. We don’t yet have confirmation of what it will be codenamed, however, the public has taken a liking to “Windows 8.” Windows 7 was a HUGE improvement over Windows 7, however, I believe that there is still a lot of work to be done to truly show Microsoft’s potential.

The Taskbar

My favorite thing about Windows 7 is the new taskbar. The amazing functionality makes it a pleasure to use. I think Microsoft should work on further improving the taskbar to make it even more useful.

There are always times when people (well, at least I) want to mute just one window, but keep the rest noisy. An example would be when there is an Internet game without a mute button, but you want to listen to your music. You can always just open up the Audio Mixer, but I think this can be added to the thumbnail preview at the bottom, just as the “x” to close a window was added. This would make muting a window much simpler than before. Also, I think they should add a volume meter along the edge of a preview, to maximize volume functionality of a window.

Another change I’d like to see to the taskbar is to have all open windows go to the right. This is just a small pet peeve of mine. When I go to open a window from the taskbar in Windows 7, I always move it to the right, just because it bothers me to see an open window in the middle of a bunch of icons.

Start Menu

The start menu is something introduced in Windows 95 that hasn’t changed much over the course of its lifetime. It has gained another column, however I’d like to see it change even more.

I’d like to see the start menu consume more of the page (kind of like the “File” button in Microsoft Office Word 2010). This is something that is a bother to me because I, like many others, don’t have the best eyesight, and I don’t want to have to strain to see the words. Also I’d like to see more functionality, such as a calendar in the start menu that can either sync with your Windows Calendar or your Windows Live Calendar.

Maintenance

It would also be nice if Microsoft would create a virus software (other than Microsoft Security Essentials) that runs without you even knowing it in the background, checking all downloaded items, and constantly scanning your computer for harmful materials. If they can do all of this without using too much RAM, this would be a HUGE improvement.

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~ by pcprefer on December 19, 2009.

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