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January 23, 2012



I have alywas hated such message boxes. I think a better solution is something similar to the Windows Live Messenger toast (I believe that is what it is called, I am talking about the popup above the clock when a user signs in, etc.).It can give the user the information they need at a glance without stealing focus and gives them something to click on if they want/need to. You could even integrate option buttons easily and just keep the toast on screen until it is clicked but it is still out of the way and allowing the user to continue working.I believe the ballon prompts introduced in Windows 2000 (?) were sort of a replacement to information message boxes however they were too limited IMHO. I am unsure if their limitations have been addressed in Vista?

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