I was poking around Windows Vista today, seeing if there was anything I missed...here's a few bits of niceness that made me smile. There's a number of updated Applets that are pretty slick, while others haven't changed.
Sticky Notes is meant for use with TabletPCs (or PCs with Wacom Tablets) and includes voice note recording.
They've finally updated Sound Recorder...bummer that the little chart is gone. It saves only WMAs now, not WAVs.
The Clock Applet that comes up when you single-click the time is completely new, with shiny clock art, and the ability to have multiple clocks in different time zones. This is almost worth the price of admission. ;)
Calculator is the same. Lame! They could have done so much!
They did give it a new icon, though. Someone worked hard on that icon, I say.
The On-Screen Keyboard is for accessibility (and I'm sure it will come in useful one day when I have only a mouse and no keyboard and lots of typing to do) but it's not sizable/scaleable, the fonts are poorly anti-aliased, poorly centered, and apparently there wasn't enough room for the "i" in Shift."
I sure like the Windows Features stuff...makes locking a system down a lot easier when I'm in YAGNI mode.
What other Applets have had makeovers?
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