Microsoft has been showing off Windows 7 for the past several months, and it looks like its coming along nicely (regardless of the ongoing public beta fiasco). Unfortunately, there are two very small features I’ve been wanting since, oh, 1995, that are still missing:
- A simple text editor. It doesn’t need to be extensible, or do code completion, but what it must do is indent, syntax highlighting and line numbers. Why, oh, why are we stuck with Notepad as the default text editor?
- A multi-tab capable console window. Oh, and make it resizable while you are at it. It would be extra nice if you fixed that god awful cut and paste scheme, but that might be asking for too much.
These two features are really aimed at developers and IT people, sure, but if you provide better development tools, better apps will follow. If Microsoft continues on their path, developers will abandon their OS. I know I have.