Microsoft Windows Vista’s “Wow” Programs

 
When Microsoft first released Windows, people only "understood" running different DOS programs in separate Windows. It wasn’t until programs were actually written FOR Windows that you could begin doing tasks like cutting-and-pasting between programs; all with the same familar look-n-feel.
Today, people are asking: "What’s so special about Windows Vista?" Some mistakenly think Vista is simply Windows XP with "eye-candy". Well obvoiusly that is not the case as we take a glimpse at the next generation software packages.
NEWS-READERS: If anything can revive sagging Newspaper sales, it’s these new news-readers. You’ll find the text & graphics so beautiful, you’ll be compelled to read on-and-on . . .
 
And just when you thought that nothing could look nicer than reading the New York Times — you’ll be giddy (yes, giddy) turning the 3D pages of historic books from the British Library website!
 
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NOTE: These programs will also run on Windows XP if .Net 3.0 is installed.
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BLAKE was a Microsoft MVP and award winning programmer with over 20+ years experience providing complete Windows and networking support for small to medium sized businesses. BLAKE is also Jazz Musician and Instructor for residential clients on the Los Angeles West Side.
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2 Responses to Microsoft Windows Vista’s “Wow” Programs

  1. Richard says:

    I normally like this blog, but this post just does not make sense. Is it just me, or do the following two statements seem rather at odds:
     
    "Today, people are asking: "What’s so special about Windows Vista?" Some mistakenly think Vista is simply Windows XP with "eye-candy". Well obvoiusly that is not the case as we take a glimpse at the next generation software packages."
     
    and
     
    "NOTE: These programs will also run on Windows XP if .Net 3.0 is installed"
    ?
     

  2. Blake says:

    Fair comment Richard . . . these first examples are written for Microsoft’s .Net 3.0 which is also available for Windows XP (and soon the Macintosh) The programs demonstrate “basic” 3D type applications.
     
    But Windows Vista also has “Gadgets” (XAML, Java applets running on the desktop) which are NOT available for Windows XP — so the AOL Gadgets will NOT work in Windows XP.
     
    Windows Vista’s other features will slowly be integrated into new applications – at that time these applications will begin to no longer be compatible with Windows XP.

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