Microsoft recently announced that they have completed the work in implementing a dark theme in the File Explorer in Windows 10, saying in a post:
With Build 17666 we started their journey bringing dark theme to File Explorer. Today’s build marks the turning point where we finished what we set out to do for this release.
While most Windows 10 users were happy with the announcement, some more discerning members of the community with higher standards were concerned that Microsoft ended their efforts a little early.
Prominent Windows personality and one-time MVP Rafael Rivera took to Twitter to complain:
The Insider team wrote an entire puff piece on dark File Explorer https://t.co/HuZfq0jBPh
But here's the reality folks. pic.twitter.com/7S6RgTv3R1
— Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) August 8, 2018
Rivera posted numerous examples where the work to bring Dark Theme to the File Explorer was clearly incomplete and managed to get a response from Matthijs Hoekstra, Sr. Program Manager in the Windows Developer Platform team, who was clearly irritated by the complaint, saying:
Great feedback. Still no reason to trash a blog post. You could have responded with : great to hear the background info, but there is still some work left to do and show the examples. You might even get a response perhaps explaining why those screens are like that.
— The real Matthijs Hoekstra (@mahoekst) August 9, 2018
Rivera, however, noted that the work was announced as completed, meaning there was little comfort in saying there was more work to do.
Microsoft announced it's complete for this release.
— Rafael Rivera (@WithinRafael) August 9, 2018
Apple’s Mojave Dark Mode has drawn some comparisons which has been very unkind to Windows 10, which has been developing its own Dark Theme for much longer. Unfortunately being satisfied with incomplete work suggests this, like many other Microsoft projects, will forever remain poorer relatives to companies with higher expectations.