707 votesAnonymous commented
The first version of the portal was rather good, it was made in SilverLight and looked much like a traditional mmc-based admin GUI, that is, a tree-view to the left and content to the right. This version gave you a complete overview of your entire configuration on one screen, you could expand the nodes to see just the tings your were interested of. You could expand, for example a cloud service, down to the individual sites within a role, yes, in this version you could have multiple sites in each role.
Then we got the current portal. It was a huge setback from the SilverLight portal. Instead of using SilverLight it is made in HTML and is a pain ********** to work with. Productivity goes down as there is a constant asking to reenter password which interrupt whatever you are doing, bugs that tell you that you logged out when you just logged in, notification messages that when you click to read them crashes the site, logs you out and prevent you from logging in again. Slow page loading times and no overview of what your configuration/setup looks like.
Now with the next portal it looks like you want us to use touch input with the site. Even less information is displayed on the screen. Instead of scrolling up/down we should now scroll sideways. Exactly who ordered this "feature"? Where did you hear an overwhelming demand from customers, administrators, partners and developers for an administration tool that scroll sideways?
On top of this we have a webpage where back doesn't work, where links can't be opened in a new tab/window, where the information density is so low that when a list has 7 items in it needs to scroll and where content does not adapt to screen size, constant problem with content just disappearing from the screen, extremely limited right-click support, no drag/drop support, still no back support (or not working) and no sorting of columns.
Also there is no predictability in the GUI, every click is a surprise...will it slide in something on top or will it completely navigate away from where I am and I will lose everything I am working on?
We are practically back to Windows 1 (1985), which also couldn't manage overlapping windows.
It seems like someone got the idea that it is normal end-users who will be using the portal and not professionals that know what they are doing and need a tool for productivity.
Imagine giving an ERP user a GUI like this...go talk to the guys developing Dynamics AX and ask them if they will consider using your framework for their next version and listen to their answer why they won't even consider it.
Administrators and developers NEED the same productivity as an ERP user, and not a GUI suitable for iPad games for very small children.
Anyone that has developed in both SilverLight/WPF/WinForms/MFC (a real application development environment) and HTML/CSS (a GUI layout framework) know that with HTML you end up spending most of your time doing stuff that, from an users perspective, is not productive.
It is EXTREMELY arrogant and disrespectful to give us a administration tool like this!
This is in our roadmap, we will update here once we have a firmer date set.
-Azure Billing team
Can you elaborate??Anonymous commented
Microsoft have been doing management and configuration software for many years. The applications have evolved since the initial tools during the mid 90-ies. Features such as right-clicking, tree-view-controls, drag-and-drop, multiple windows and so one made usability and productivity better for each version.
Applications were stable and predictable.
With this new web-based touch-optimized GUIs Everything has taken many, many steps back.
We do not administer Azure with an iPad or even a Windows RT machine. We use multiple 24" monitors and a mouse. We haven't even upgraded to Windows 8 because of how F*cked up it is.
We expect to be able to read the documentation and then come back to the configuration and not find a message that we were logged out and lose all context of what we were doing. We want to be able to open a new window with a different view. We want to be able to login every time we start the GUI and not end up in redirect loops or messages telling us we have been logged out somewhere else.
We don't want a GUI that can't handle that I in another browser window login with another Microsoft account.
Good feedback. Let us take a look. Please vote this up if others would like this support.
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