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Monday, April 17, 2006

Microsoft replies to GottaBeMobile Comments

A few days ago GottaBeMobile posted about the poor UI in the Program Launcher included in UMPCs:
  • poorly designed forms within the program launcher itself. It just feels like once they got the initial program launcher designed, they left everything else behind.

I asked Sears, Program Manager of Microsoft Origami Team about this point and this is what he told us:

Customize Launcher was designed to be like a Control Panel applet. It's something you go in every once in a while to make changes. Could it have been made cooler? Sure, but this was one of those features where you have to make trade-offs in the development cycle (it was one of my features, and ask anybody here, I wasn't happy about it being a boring Win32 app :)).

But...since all of the configuration settings are loaded from an XML file, it's certainly possible that aspiring developers could write a "nicer" version. Regardless, it's great feedback, and we'll be sure to keep that in mind for future versions.

I want to thank Sears for his work in Origami Project Forum, where users can contact Origami Team with all kind of questions and so far they have done a wonderful job answering them.