Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Sep 2005 19:20 UTC
Windows Lots of news from the first few hours of the PDC. First off, in the first CTP of Vista, the sidebar has been revived. "The Sidebar will be populated with "gadgets" and will feature an open platform for developers to create their own mini-applications. Sidebar gadgets can be dragged onto the desktop, and interact with standard Windows applications." Also, "Microsoft Max lets you make lists of your photos and turn them into beautiful slide shows to share with your family and friends. Max is the codename for Microsoft's flagship application based on WinFX and Microsoft's new user experience." Images from the PDC here, and you can watch Bill Gates' keynote here. Also, MS released beta 2 of Monad.
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Sidebar is a good thing
by rain on Tue 13th Sep 2005 20:30 UTC
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I've been wanting a good sidebar ever since I started using IM's and MP3-players in the late mid 90's. Having small windows scattered around for such apps just didn't make sense to me.
I started making a sidebar called "Zenbar" for BeOS four years ago but got caught up with other things so I never finished it. I'm glad these things are starting to show up in major systems, since they are really useful in my opinion. At least as long as the implemtation is good. Let's see how it works out in the final release of Vista.

I have been sketching on a new little GUI-concept I have which will include a sidebar. If I ever make a working product out of it I will be pretty happy that Vista includes one since it will make it easier for users to grasp the idea of a sidebar.

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