Friday, February 10, 2006

Have you heard of Windows XP?

Windows XP came out about five years ago, but looking at some of the software around you'd never have guessed it. Here's a dialog box from IE7, a pretty new application in anyone's book and yet it still has remnants of Windows 2000 even now. I'll let it off since it's still in beta but it's hardly the only example of the retro look. The depressing thing is it is so easy to make sure your application uses the correct XP controls. Just search for 'XP manifest' and all will be revealed. In the simplest implementation, your app doesn't even need to be recompiled and it will take about 5 minutes to get up and running. OK, a bit of testing will be required and those screenshots in the manual might need updating but it isn't a big job. So just do it. Not doing it suggests you haven't got the attention to detail required to write a decent Windows application.

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