Top 5 Windows Vista Features Nobody Ever Used

Windows Vista is officially dead (unsupported with updates) as of today. Released to much hype and fanfare, it’s fair to say it underperformed. And everyone including the company was ready to move on.

In terms of user experience, Vista was a mile wide but an inch deep . Too many features, multiple (confusing) methods to achieve one task, and so many experience breakers!

Here’s  a not so nostalgic look at some of its convoluted features nobody ever used (or asked for to begin with).

5. All the Animations

The OS was overburdened as it is, and the animations made it worse. Many users didn’t have the hardware to drive all of the graphical prowess, and they simply turned it off.

Sign of things to come

Textbooks on UI design added an entire chapter on what not to do because of the animations. Clippy would be proud.

4. The Address Bar

Nothing wrong with the address bar as such. Only problem is, the address bar for Windows Explorer listed your recently visited websites as well as hard drive locations. Result: frustration. If you wanted to visit a website, you would just open Internet Explorer

3. Network Projector

This idea should’ve been left on the table. Instead it made it to the product.

Here are some pre-requisites for this to work:

a. The projector is connected to your network

b. The projected adheres to Windows Network Projector Standard

c. You find out the exact network location of the projector

d. Oh, and you do have the projector’s password, right?

Collaborative presentations, you say?

2. Windows Meeting Space

Great idea, too little maturity. This is a staple of every workplace today, what with the plethora of remote meeting apps.

And yet it was baffling to see that this potential killer feature lacked even basic features, like:

a. common whiteboard

b. voice chat

c. and you can forget that chat even exists

Anyone online?

1. User Account Control

You knew this was coming, and nothing else could replace this. The epitome of a nobody asked for feature. It takes the top spot because this lingers around even to this day on Windows 10. While the intentions behind the UAC are good, the execution is a textbook case of a break in user experience.

 

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