I was surprised to read on “The Whole Story” today about Windows Vista’s system sounds. For those who don’t know, system sounds are the files that play when Windows starts, shutsdown, new email and many other assigned notifications. It seems that the audio files for Windows XP are of much higher quality as well, which is a welcome notion.
I listened to the old sounds, compared with the new ones on this QuickTime video. I think Vista sounds somewhat wimpy and I know I am inviting flaming from all the Vista lovers, but the sounds are in my opinion fit for small device like a PDA not a robust machine running the industry standard OS.
Incidentally it should be noted that during my continuing review of Windows Vista RC2 I determined that there were no new sounds to choose from for system notifications. It seems they have been reserved for the full release. Maybe they also reserved being able to view files as thumbnails in folder view for the full release.
I am quite interested to test Windows Vista, Release Version, as soon as it is made available for me to do so. I can’t wait to see (hear) these sounds in action and context. Maybe they won’t seem quite as wimpy.