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Microsoft Windows Vista Unveiled by Paul McFedries

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Chapter 3. The Windows Vista Interface

IN THIS CHAPTER

The Windows Presentation Foundation

General Interface Changes

The Aero Glass Theme

Better Cool Switches: Flip and Flip 3D

Taskbar Thumbnails

New Folder Windows

Gadgets and the Windows Sidebar

Whenever Microsoft releases a new operating system, the one thing anyone seems to want to talk about is the new interface. What does it look like? Is it cool? Can I run it? On the surface this seems superficial because, after all, Windows is and should be more than just a pretty interface. Don’t things such as stability and security mean more? Shouldn’t the goal of any OS be to just get out of the way and let us get on with our work, perhaps a tad more productively than before?

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