It's been a while since I worked on my wife's car computer, but recently installed it and am working out the bugs. I noticed that it's been so long, I actually have Streets and Trips 2007. All I really needed was updated maps, I figured, or an upgrade to the new software, but I haven't found one. So I thought, maybe I'll just buy the new 2010 version. However, in the "What you'll need" section is listed SVGA (1024 x 768). Is this a problem for our small 7" screens?
It depends how old you are, and how good your vision still is. I have difficulty browsing the web and reading any text on my wife's new 10.1 inch netbook. Having said that, Microsoft has made some slight changes to Streets and Trips to make it fit to smaller screens. Even all the buttons of the GPS task pane should now fit on your screen.
While I agree with you 100%, we also have to remember that Streets & Trips is a desktop application. Many people use it in their homes and offices. Perhaps just a small minority use S&T in our cars, trucks, RVs, motorhomes, etc. So any changes to the UI would have to take this into consideration. But again, I agree with you completely, and it could be done if Microsoft were motivated to go that direction.
Perhaps the increase in sales of small laptops (netbooks) could be at least a small motivating factor.
If you have some specific product suggestions, you are most welcome to post them to the (un-official) Wish List. People from the product group do read it, and the Wish list has influenced (at least in a small way) some feature changes in recent versions.
i want them to do a full revamp to include Bing! search. if you took what they have done with their windows live/bing mobile app and added a laptop sized touch interface you would have an ultimate navigator. you can't beat Bing search results for addresses and businesses... not to mention the mobile app already includes voice-to-text support. its sad that my phone's gps just murders anything you can get for the car right now, but its true.