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Demo Windows Sideshow

I had a great time getting hands-on with prototype Windows Sideshow devices, including Asus’ landmark removable device, at the Digital Life show two months ago. Most people who are interested in Sideshow won’t have a chance to see a device until it actually arrives in stores. If you want an understanding of how the interface works and what it is capable of, you’ll be thrilled to try out Microsoft’s completely functional Sideshow emulator, which contains 100% functional code.

For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, Sideshow is a Vista technology for secondary displays/devices. Like the second screen on many cell phones, it is designed to have some of the functionality of the main device, while bringing the convenience of not having to use the main device, in this case a Windows Vista PC. In the best example, the outside of a laptop has a screen and a few buttons, which let you check your email and other functions, even while the laptop is off!

Other Sideshow devices are a screen on the PC box, one at the top of the keyboard, or one on your remote control. Its a great concept, and if manufacturers properly take advantage of it, it will be the kind of amazing feature even Mac fans will have to admit is great. Even the prototypes I saw were so good, I would pay a few hundred extra on my next laptop if it had this feature.

The point is, if you understand where the device is, the only question is “What can it do?” This emulator is the device, except in software. Run it, play with it, and you’ll see all the options. Now just imagine it on the outside of your laptop, detachable even, or on your remote, and you’ll understand the possibilities.
(via Long Zheng)

Another innovative Microsoft technology worth looking at is WPF, which is now capable of 3D objects!

December 14th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Vista, Windows, General | no comments

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