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Ed Bott's Microsoft Challenge, 11/16/00

By ebott ·
Microsoft has begun serious testing of its next Windows version, code-named Whistler, which is due for release sometime in 2001. Microsoft's product managers have told me they're still designing the product and they're actively seeking feedback. So I'm asking for your helpo in putting together a Whistler wishlist. This week, I'm focusing on tools and system utilities for power users and network administrators. What sort of utilities do you want to see included with the next version of Windows? Antivirus software? Firewall programs? If you've got a favorite third-party utility that deserves to be integrated into the OS, here's your chance to make your case. Be specific, and be sure to include solid reasons for your choices.

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by ron.hite In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

As an administrator, one of the features I'd like to see included is the ability to use more utilities from the command line. Removing the burden of the GUI increases the performance.

One personal caution I have is not to include non-OS tools inthe OS. These are better left as add-ons. They can integrate into the OS upon installation, but it does not have to be included in the OS. Leave MS to build the OS and allow 3rd party vendors or even other departments at MS to include or ship thetools. Firewalls, AV software, browsers are all worthwhile products but just add a burden if the included product is not the product of choice. Removal is difficult or impossible and leaving the program installed, even though not active, has caused conflicts.

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by mpdcsup In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Each new release of Windows (these days) appears to arrive on a wave of *needed* quantum improvement and, while the urgency of such improvement has never been greater, far too many innovators (Microsoft included) have lost any ability to keep thingsin perspective. Exponential growth in the technology being a given, proportionate energy and resources need to be invested in the realization of pluggable software.

Granted, UI improvements are welcome, sometimes desperately so, but sometimes they are not. It is more important that an interface evolve naturally, over time and out of need than to be forced down the consumer's throat. This is especially so when we're talking about the USER interface on a SERVER. Microsoft needs to ensure that the next Advanced Server can be configured and maintained with the most minimal user interface.

While it was a welcome sight to see an OS from the drawing board in 1993, Microsoft needs to help the Developers, Analysts, Administrators, Engineers and Architects leverage the skills they continue to hone on WIntel -- less all at once and more along the way. Are we really ready for another architecture change? Do we really need it?

To this end, then, Whistler really *must* have just one utility: Add/Remove.

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by gary_it In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

1. AN EASY WAY TO PROXY A SMALL NETWORK. I've never had any good luck or speed with ICS. Sygate on the other hand works well with all MS Operating Systems. With Broadband becoming so popular it should be standard.
2. AN AUTOMATIC DISK PARTITIONER. This one would create the "C:\" partition and then an "E:\" partition for data storage. That way when the operating system corrupts, crashes, or malfunctions it would be easier to retain all data on the "E:\" drive and. This would be automatically set up for disks having more than 2 gigs available for the "C:\" partition. The rest of the hdd would go to "E:\" and maybe even "F:\" for another swap file. ALSO, having the option to create more drives on the fly during installation w/out using third party software or FDISK before install.
3. A PROGRAM FILES INSTALLATION DRIVE SCANNER. When you run out of space on "C:\", it would scan for other drives and ask where you want to install the program instead; if one is found. Then remember that location for future use and interact with the software to change the default folder to the new location (D for instance).

4. A PICTURE VIEWING PROGRAM. With Digital Cameras so popular it would make sense to have a better picture viewer than IE. ACDSee is a great example. At least ACDSee ?light? would suffice. That way even people who don?t have cameras but have pictures could view ?Slide Show? style.
5. A BUILT-IN, ON-THE-FLY UTILITY THAT WOULD CLEAN OUT THE *.TMP FILES FROM THE TEMP FOLDERS IN YOUR SYSTEM. This would happen every time the computer was rebooted or turned on. Of course, this is all part of preventive maintenance.
6. A SMART UTILITY THAT WOULD DEFRAG THE PC EVERY 1 OR 2 WEEKS DURING BOOTUP. With the option to bypass, but then would be reminded every 3 hours while the computer is on. Like a Task reminder in Outlook, only w/out the interval setting of your choice.

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by ?ilhouette In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Microsoft RegClean should be integrated along with some kind of disk imaging software (like Norton Ghost). Also there are some interesting admin tools that come with the reskits, i.e. Registry Monitor (regmon.exe) for troubleshooting the registry and Windif.exe is excellent to compare directories etc., - maybe they could incorporate some of the less "dangerous" ones into the OS?

It goes without saying that an integrated Firewall - something similar to ZoneAlarm, Black Ice Defender or eSafe desktop which is a firewall and anti-virus combined would be extremely helpful.

I'm sure I'll think of a hundred other things as soon as I post this ..

Regards

?il

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by D0ktr_EvL In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Based on an ealier idea, I think Microsoft would do well to learn from Linux and provide an option to enable/disable the GUI so as not to consume system resources the way that the Windows Explorer shell does. Many Linux types might start to find Windows a little more attractive if this happened. Also on firewall technology, I think if Microsoft were to acquire Norton IS 2000 and make it part of the OS much like they did with Seagate Backup Exec, they would gain a whole new market of home users with cable who don't know how to install or configure a firewall for security, while also providing the option for power users to customise their own set of security rules.

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