ActiveWin (die tegenwoordig noodgedwongen als ActiveNetwork door het leven gaat) heeft een zeer uitgebreide, 18-pagina's lange review in elkaar getikt van Windows 2000 Professional Edition. Hieronder een gedeelte over de vernieuwde Graphic User Interface (GUI) van Bill's nieuwe speeltje:
Windows 2000 is more easy to use and more customizable! Windows 2000 comes with new 65536 colors desktop icons, new desktop background colors and new & useful enhancements such as the possibility to select the tray icons with the keyboard. The new default background color of the desktop is a light blue. Also the gray color of all the Windows programs is much clearer than the Windows 98 gray. Your starting point - the start menu - is now smart so it lists the most often programs at the top of the menu and it hides the other at the bottom of the menu. The menus of Windows 2000 are all animated like in Office 2000. IE 5.01 is included so you’re sure to have the latest available release of Microsoft Internet Explorer. The explorer contains a new “My Pictures” folder where you can store all your photos and pictures: When you click on a picture a little printable preview appears in the left panel (you’ll also be able to zoom or rotate it).
It also offers a new miniature feature that will display in each folder previews of your picture files, HTML files and multimedia files (For Example: if you select an MP3 file in the explorer you don’t have to launch the Windows Media Player - it’ll be automatically played by the Explorer). All the software that used the API to display the open & save as boxes will now use Microsoft Office 2000 like open/save boxes: very useful to quickly locate a document as it shows quick shortcuts to reach My Documents, Desktop, Network favorites… As always the last opened documents are stored in the documents menu of the start menu. Advanced users will appreciate the fact that some of the start menu menus can be ‘expandable’. This feature that was first introduced by Norton Navigator 95 is at least integrated to the Microsoft operating system.