Windows Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED

Microsoft, Dell and (RED) announced a partnership to help people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. All the details are over on the Windows Vista blog. There’s also some coverage of it over on Engadget.


Keeping the taskbar transparent when your deskband is enabled

If you have code that implements a deskband for the Windows Taskbar in Windows Vista, you may have noticed that it causes the taskbar to appear opaque when there is not a maximized window open, instead of being transparent, but darkly tinted which is the normal state of the taskbar. You can get around this…


Camera RAW Codecs for Windows

One of the features we added in Windows Vista was a platform to support for decoding camera raw images in Windows Photo Gallery (and later Windows Live Gallery), Windows Explorer, and Win32 & WPF applications. The camera IHV community has done a great job supporting this effort by creating codecs that enable raw files for…


Vista Virtual Desktop Manager

I recently discovered this project over on codeplex. It’s a virtual desktop manager for Windows Vista that uses the live thumbnail preview API’s exposed by the Desktop Window Manager. It’s still very beta, but a great example of some of the innovation that can be built on the platform that the DWM provides.


Mary Jo Foley says Leopard looks like Windows Vista

When we did the visuals for Vista, we worked really hard to get a to a look and feel that was streamlined, efficient, and modern. We knew people would compare what we’re doing to what other companies do, but I never expected this.


Scott Hanselman looks at Vista task switching applications

Scott wrote a quick review of some different Task Switching applications that have been written for Windows Vista using the new window thumbnail preview API’s that are part of Windows Vista’s desktop composition system.


Why Intel 915 graphics don’t have a WDDM driver for Windows Vista

A common question among folks who are upgrading to Windows Vista on slightly older notebooks, tablet PC’s, and UMPC’s is why the Intel 915 graphics chipset doesn’t have WDDM support, as WDDM support is a prerequisite for Desktop Composition. The folks over at the Intel software blog have posted a video with the answer to…


Creating a High DPI application in Windows Vista

The folks over at RealWorld Graphics posted a nice write up on how developers working on native Win32 applications can create DPI aware applications for Windows Vista. For new applications, using Windows Presentation Foundation is a strong solution in that it handles a great deal of the work for DPI Awareness automatically. But if you…

Ben Forta is hooked on Windows Vista

Ben Forta has a nice write-up about his experience using Windows Vista. Kind words from a senior guy at Adobe.

Visual Studio and Windows Vista

There is now an update available for Visual Studio that addresses many of the issues regarding using VS on Windows Vista. The details are on the download page.