In case I was getting too pleased with myself for getting around at last to upgrade to Office2016, I had two of those Microsoft epiphany moments, to remind me, how so pants they are.
We are pretty lucky that its Google messing about with releasing driverless cars. If we left it to the arse-candles in Redmond, they would have probably dropped a tire [sic] off by now suggesting that some geek developer, thought it superfluous to our needs. They would have left the axle there obviously, just to irritate you about what you ‘could have won’. The 4th tyre will be missing, like the Trafalgar Sq fourth plinth, until well I don’t know when….
The next thing we might have lost was the ability to maybe tune the radio, rather than clicking one at a time through 250 possible channels, taking all day. We could solve the second one by dismantling your dashboard pulling out cabling, patching some missing stuff together under the bonnet, like a bad afternoon in the Registry Editor. If you guessed right the hidden tuning feature might be back. Of course you might not have and damaged something else instead. Nightmare!
My missing tire moment was when I right-clicked on a mis-spelt phrase in Word, looking for ‘Autocorrect’ in the drop-down. You know what, its gone and there’s no registry hack yet to bring it back. Now that’s one of the most useful things you used to be able to do. Well there’s minutes every day I will now waste & never get back.
My tune the radio moment, came in Outlook. In 2017, is it asking a lot to search Outlook for ‘Something’ AND ‘Something else’, together in the same email or outlook item? Well nor did I.
But did you know that Microsoft have a hidden registry setting to switch that hidden feature on? Why hide it at all? Is that feature dangerous? Maybe it is, who knows what productivity savings we might make, finding stuff, be just like Google eh? If you think a Query tab in Outlook advanced search might change your life, check out this link - https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/outlook/1935-outlook-enable-query-builder.html
Maybe some Microsoft guru could leave a comment and explain to be why we need to hide these features in places like the registry at all?
|What you could have won, my friends....|
So think on all you software developers, hide useful features at your peril, or maybe just as your users what is really important to them.
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