Microsoft, when designing Vista, realized that a lot of people use the clock in the bottom right-hand corner of their screen as a calendar, double-clicking it to see the month. In terms of operating system design, this sucks, because double-clicking doesn’t bring up the calendar, it brings up a control panel to change the date and time. You can trust that plenty of people have accidentally changed the date when checking it, just screwing things up.
Vista fixes that, creating a new feature based on how users actually use the OS. No matter how many times you click or double-click the clock, you get a new panel that shows the date and lets you browse a full calendar, but doesn’t let you change any system settings. It has only one real action, a link that you can click to open the real date and time settings control panel. It even uses some cool graphical transitions, zooming in and out of the calendar to display the days of the month, months of the year, a twelve-year period, or eleven decades (reaching 2099).
Yesterday, I checked out the calendar, and found something new:
How convenient is that! Warning you ahead of time, so you know when to set your clocks. Of course, Windows is smart enough to fix it on its own, but it makes sure you know what’s going to happen, so you can go around and change the time.
Little details. I just love ‘em.