Much like HTC with its Sense UI, which includes interesting features in the user interface meant to surprise and delight, Microsoft includes so-called â€œdelightersâ€ in the UI, designed to improve the user interface ever so slightly.
Long Zheng from the istartedsomething blog gave two examples recently. The first above is the smilie-face on the pending messages, which as can be seen changes progressively depending on how many messages are in the queue.
The other, seen after the break, is the flipping peopleâ€™s tile, showing recent facebook updates.
Of course to some the effort Microsoft invests in these minor software features while complaining of not having enough time to implement basic features such as cut and paste may result in the opposite of delight, but then those people are probably not Microsoftâ€™s target audience after all.