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Microsoft's Mac OS X Team Got It Right!
Friday, 23 April 2004 12:57 PM MDT
When I installed Microsoft's Windows Media Player 9 on my Windows XP box, I absolutely hated it. It was bloated and ugly. I had to spend a lot of time reconfiguring it so it was more minimalistic, switching to the "Corporate" skin, and thoroughly checking all the preference settings to turn off things I did not want a media player doing. Holy Banannas, Batman!
I just barely installed Microsoft's Media Player 9 on an Apple Macintosh running Mac OS X. Wow! Amazing! This is what a simple media player should look like! The install was easy and quick, and the player was very nice looking, simple, clean of form and line. It looks great, and isn't hideously bloated-looking. Nor is the functionality bloated. The preferences are simple and concise. Nice.
So how come Microsoft's Mac design and programming team got it right, while the Windows team screwed it up so badly? I just don't get it.