Microsoft's 'œUnwieldy And Clumsy' UAC fixed in Windows 7?
“I do not like to be continuously asked if I want to do what I just told the computer to do.”
“I feel like I am asked by Vista to approve every little thing that I do on my PC and I find it very aggravating.”
“The constant asking for input to make any changes is annoying. But it is good that it makes kids ask me for password for stuff they are trying to change.”
“Please work on simplifying the User Account control.....highly perplexing and bothersome at times.”
Microsoft says it has looked at all the “data and feedback”, and are now seriously evaluating “how UAC will evolve”, even asking for constructive feedback at the blog itself.
Microsoft believes that UAC was still worth implementing, and has set itself the job of finding “a solution that does not abandon” the goal of safety and security that UAC set for itself.
So, Microsoft says that any future version of UAC in Windows 7 will:
- Reduce unnecessary or duplicated prompts in Windows and the ecosystem, such that critical prompts can be more easily identified.
- Enable our customers to be more confident that they are in control of their systems.
- Make prompts informative such that people can make more confident choices.
- Provide better and more obvious control over the mechanism.
Microsoft also says they’ve heard “loud and clear” that users are frustrated with UAC as it currently stands, that we “find the prompts too frequent, annoying, and confusing”, and will work to “provide you control over what changes can happen to your system” but also to “provide you a better overall experience”.
But that’s not all... there are “two key principles” Microsoft will focus on... please read on to page 3.
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