I'm sure there has to be something that does this somewhere, but I'd really like to see Windows Media Player and the Zune player (not the device) have the ability to organize your music in several ways. I'm not one to keep up playlists. I hate the idea of updating different playlists when you add new music. Instead, I like to organize music by genre. Granted, we've had the ability to add a genre to music for years and players have been able to filter based on genre, too; but I guess I just liked the idea of right clicking on a directory and selecting Play with Windows Media Player. Very simple. Of course, Zune doesn't have this comfort. What I end up doing there is changing all of my genres to be in a handful of groups, like electronic, hip hop, rock, pop, etc. Typically, when I listen to music, I want one or the other, so this works best for me. After ripping a new CD, tho, the directories and file names are wrong. Sure, I have a little control with WMP, but not much. I don't think the ripping part is where I need the flexibility, tho. What I'm really looking for is a way to say, "Here is my music library; now reorganize it based on these constraints."
Like I said, I'm sure there are tools out there that do this. I haven't looked. While I love the partner ecosystem Microsoft has built around itself, I want these features in the tools themselves.
When encoding a video, I really wish I had some sort of floating toolbar or shortcut to start, pause, and stop my recording. For instance, when I'm recording a demo, if I decide to stop, I have to go find the application and click the stop button. I wish I could simply click stop on a floating toolbar (which would be invisible to the recording) or press Ctrl+Alt+E to stop it. Currently, I have to either press Alt+Tab to get to the Encoder window or click on its taskbar button, which is all recorded.
To enable fast playback in Windows Media Player, you can either right click the play/pause button or go to the Play > Play Speed menu item and select slow (Ctrl+Shift+S), normal (Ctrl+Shift+N), or fast (Ctrl+Shift+G) playback. This is great. One thing I don't like, tho, is there's no indication of what playback you're playing at in the play/pause button context menu. A simple check would be fine; just like in the Play Speed menu.