There's no doubt that Microsoft Windows is the biggest and the most widely used PC operating system - but it's not necessarily the best. Here are 18 things we'd like to see as standard in the next Windows.
Available on: Mac
Nowhere is Microsoft's reputation for bloat more visible than in the Add/Remove Programs control panel. The very existence of this tool is a sure sign that Windows applications have become too large and unwieldy for many users.
On the Mac, however, few programs consist of more than one file. And removing a Mac application usually consists of nothing more than dragging that program to the trash.
To attain the same level of simplicity on a Windows PC, you'd have to try running portable applications. Of course, doing so would force you to sacrifice some of the robust features you might prefer in your favorite Windows programs, so we don't recommend it.
Unless Microsoft takes a radical turn in designing the next version of Windows, you can expect Windows software to become more complicated, not less.
- Apple's Exposé
- Virtual workspaces and remote computing
- How to screen share and use time machine in Windows
- Don't live without ISO burning and stickies when using Windows
- Podcast capture and software repositories
- Turn your desktop into a rotating cube
- Get automated and partial screenshots on your Windows PC
- Cover Flow and a pre-installed web server
- Enjoy POSIX compliance on your Windows PC
- Single file applications on Windows