Next-gen Windows features and the fallout

Summary:Mary Jo Foley's reports a list of the more popular features that testers are requesting for the next version of Windows. This select group has been asked to provide feedback on Windows.

Mary Jo Foley's reports a list of the more popular features that testers are requesting for the next version of Windows. This select group has been asked to provide feedback on Windows.

Now the list is preliminary and who knows if these things will wind up in Windows, but some of the more notable suggestions would have major ramifications. Here are five suggested features and the fallout:

5. Replace error ID number with plain language explanation. The fallout: Microsoft would have to explain things in plain English. Instead of an error like 00001codeex Microsoft would have so say something like "we pushed this feature along too quickly and didn't test it." Chances of this feature being adopted: Nil.

4. Session-restore feature for IE 7. The fallout: IE7 would copy yet another Firefox feature. Chances of happening: 100 percent. Firefox is IE's product roadmap.

3. Applying the Aero user interface throughout the entire operating system. The fallout: Another gig of memory--just to look as polished as Apple's OS X. The chances: 100 percent.

2. Multi-session remote desktop. With this feature you could access someone's computer without disturbing the user. The fallout: It's creepy if it's mass adopted. Apparently this feature can be done now with a little hacking. Chances: 80 percent.

1. Integrated antivirus. The fallout: It would really stink for a host of antivirus companies. The feds wouldn't be thrilled either--and rest assured Symantec and McAfee would let the regulators know about it. Chances of happening: Nil.

Topics: Windows

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