I know it exists as an intentional dark pattern (so we just think that's what happened). But it also seems so common now across computing and it pisses me off every time.
It seems like they stripped all metadata, including visual names of items themselves, and instead substituted random words.
The result is like playing a text-based adventure game without a list of the verbs the game supports.
Per memory, 7 and even 98 had a perfectly reasonable and accurate search.
If I type VS... Visual Studio Code! Cool. (wonder why it did not suggest Visual Studio itself which I also have installed, buy hey I got what I wanted)
If I type VSC... ??? config files and some random XMLs from the deep realms of AppData
If I type vscode... No results, try a web search!
If I type Visual Studio... THE Visual Studio shows, but no Code in sight
If I type Visual Studio Code... There it is again!
The whole rigmarole is just... Huh?! How does one even reach that point? I can't think about any naive buggy way that could reasonably cause such discrepancy of results. Just search by Filename and Display Name! Or whatever criteria, but be consistent!
But literally mystified why there isn't a prebuilt index table that instantly loads the top results.
All Windows apps / panels + last 250 files opened shouldn't be hard.
So there is literally already a textual, and usually interpretable, path to any window.
Apparently tying search into that made too much sense though, and so instead we get a reinvented (slightly square) wheel.
I love that term and the Android share dialog has always been my top example.
Asynchronous element loading saves time overall but it costs time when key UI elements rearrange. It's probably difficult to pull off but linear/blocked/sequential loading for the current viewport and offscreen asynchronous loading is probably what we need to avoid this (or ugly placeholders).
I find this happens with computer game UIs a lot, too, especially for dynamic UI elements that float above static UI elements. Especially when there is a lag due to animations.
But then I thought of: "Percusssive enhancement". Maybe not semantically 100%, but... not 0%.
Or maybe I have 15 years of expectation that images is going to be the second tab.
Edit: nope, just did a search, it started web images videos then right when the page finished loading it switched to web videos images
So only does search not work anymore, it's unnavigable
Edit 2: it's not just video, it rearranges the tabs based on relevance. "John wick" will move videos to the second spot. "San Francisco" will move news second and maps 3rd.
I get it, but I also don't.