Tim Sneath explains to application developers how they can build applications that use Aero Glass inside the client area. By default, Windows Vista applications use the semi-transparent Glass as a rim surrounding programs, and for the title bar, but apps can access the
DwmExtendFrameIntoClientArea to use Glass inside of the application.
We’ll have to wait and see if developers make heavy use of Glass in the future. If they do, there’s no doubt that some people are going to overuse it and create butt-ugly applications, but it is possible that we’ll see some cool uses of the technology. In particular, I’ll bet Google could make good use of Glass, since it encourages clean, white-space interfaces, although there’s a decent chance they don’t want to make Vista look any better than they have to.
Anyone want to hack up what a cool use of Glass would be? What applications would look better with Glass, I wonder…