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35 +45/-10 votes

Diferent Windows Live navigation bars. Needs fixing

Submitted by .Chris on February 24, 2009 to Aesthetics, Annoyance, Usability

Bellow is an image of the 4 Windows Live desktop application's navigation bars. All have a different look and fell.

Mail:
Black/dark blue text. Sliver looking. Hover over has slight 3D felling. When pressed you get a darker, shadow like visual.

Photo:
More flatter look, hover over is flat, When pressed you get same effect as the mail.

Messenger:
same look as mail. When pressed you get the actual "press" look and fell, rather a faded shadow look.

Writer:
My favorite, very clean. hover over is crisp and shinny. SHOULD be like this for the rest. Hover over had faded look,

Just wanted point this out. I dont want anyone screaming "this is not a windows live site" or "doesnt relate to windows 7", as if you look you'll see there IS windows live posts here.

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Discussion (6 comments)

.Chris wrote on February 24, 2009, 1:55am

Changed solution description.

billerr wrote on February 24, 2009, 4:18am

Did they actually re-code each one of them? If yes, stoopeed. +1

(chris, don't worry, the live posts on the taskforce is not an issue any more, there have been numerous posts about it and most people agreed that live postings are OK. so coooooool, ;) )

.Chris wrote on February 24, 2009, 4:38am

Still, people freak out over it ;)

Ensign Joe wrote on February 24, 2009, 10:52am

Oh man there are just idiots working at Microsoft.. No wonder Vista took so long to develop if they re-write things five times for every application each :D
But I still do hate those new navigation bars without icons. It is just plain-looking ugly and if you are on vacation you can only guess (or know the position because you work with that particular program every day)

.Chris wrote on February 24, 2009, 5:23pm

I know!. Icons are visuals, as they said in the taskbar. What I dont get is why they can't offer a simple OPTION. for those who like the text base, they can have it, those who want icons, they can have that, those who want both text and icons, they can have that, make everyone happy.

I mean, they gave us an option for the taskbar, (a NEEDED one) so why not the command bar, after all, the command bar has had icons since windows 95

Thunderbuck wrote on February 28, 2009, 12:42am

The impression I have is that the Windows Live apps are a "work in progress", maybe permanently. But I agree, that's still no excuse for this inconsistent look and feel.

.Chris wrote on February 28, 2009, 2:51am

The Live writer app's command bar is the only one that matches windows 7. the rest dont

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