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Chapter 4. Using the Windows XP Interfac... > Using Windows XP—the User Experience

Using Windows XP—the User Experience

Windows XP has a familiar yet different user interface. Most of the visual aspects of the desktop environment have been updated, but you’ll find most of the tools and applications you remember from Windows 9x and Windows 2000 right where you expect. The new interface or user experience is called Luna. Luna includes visual updates and improvements to all native dialog boxes, displays, windows, and interfaces. Most notably these changes are seen on the Start menu, the taskbar, the Explorer, and the Control Panel. If you want the older stylings of previous Windows versions (mainly Windows 2000 era visual stylings), revert to the “classic” style. However, we highly recommend giving the new look and feel a try for a week or so. We did, and we love it.

Microsoft’s visual palette has moved from a flat gray to include brilliant blues and subtle off-whites. In addition, Microsoft has rounded the corners of windows, added 3D icons, and added action centers (that is, tasks and commands focused on content) everywhere. The result is not only eye-pleasing, but elegantly simple to work with. But even with all the enhancements, everything still seems to have a similar function or placement to that of Windows 2000 and not too different from Windows 9x or Me. Thus, you’ll easily leverage your existing experience and expertise in navigating and operating Windows XP. After a few days, you’ll soon forget how you got by without all these useful improvements.


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