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Witness What Could Have Been

Few remember it now, but in the earler stages of Longhorn, Microsoft was proposing some pretty crazy stuff for the Longhorn UI. Witness this video of “floppy windows” from 2003:

Well, you can get this sort of stuff in XGL, of course.

More videos on ExtremeTech.

The new Windows Shell team blog discusses why they don’t have floppy windows in Vista. The reason: Vista can do it, as promised, but doesn’t, because it creates a crappy user experience. In fact, there are a million cool things the Vista UI can do, and the idea is that any third party can create a utility that hacks the Desktop Windows Manager to do it.

For god sakes, if you want to make a lot of money, someone needs to create an easy software program that lets users choose from hundreds of effects to add to Windows. Microsoft will have something to shut up Mac users, and Windows users will be able to do amazingly cool things. This is one area that needs to be exploited before Chris Pirillo abandons Windows forever.

September 21st, 2006 Posted by | General, Longhorn, Vista, Windows | one comment

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  1. I’m not sure if you’re trying to say if that was better than what it is today or not, but IMHO wavy windows get annoying after 10 minutes.

    Comment by Pharod | September 21, 2006

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