I’d really like to know who in Microsoft thought that the idea of having an animated desktop; whether it be video files or animated wallpapers, was a great and cool idea. Okay I’ll give you the cool … for maybe about 5 minutes as your resources are being sucked dry but c’mon let’s get serious here.
The idea that this was suppose to be a part of the WOW factor for those of us that were sucked into buying the Ultimate edition of Vista might have been great from a marketing viewpoint but the reality this coolness is as about as useful as the proverbial tits on a bull.
Besides the fact that the final version of DreamScene comes pretty well two months after any final work was done on it; as pointed out by Long Zheng over at istartedsomething.com, I think it proves how much Microsoft has become more interested in the fluff as a way to market Windows than it is in bringing a truly revolution operating system to market.
I don’t say this as any reflection on the Windows team who I am sure would love nothing better than to flex their development muscles and live up to the Blue Monster philosophy; but rather as a condemnation of the Microsoft leaders and shareholders who care more about their stock options than making any real difference.
The idea that having a resource guzzling animated desktop even passing the laugh test as a usability feature is ludicrous at best. Besides the fact that 99% of the time open work spaces would be occupying screen real estate why would seeing the same video or animated graphics over and over again do anything to improve your workflow. Even ActiveDesktop was minimally useful but this is DreamScene thing is stupid and a waste of time.
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