Stardock has unveiled its first beta of WindowBlinds 5 and with it, glass effects for Windows XP users. Stardock claims that beta 1 of WindowBlinds 5 achieves performance on the same level as the current beta of Windows Vista in terms of delivering glass effects. WindowBlinds 5 also is able to do deliver glass effects on relatively low-end hardware (though it still requires a video card with at least 32MB of video memory).
Windows XP Gets Some Glass
2005-10-05 Graphics 8 Comments
“It’s important to remember that Windows Vista is based on the latest 3D hardware capabilities. The entire desktop — the entire environment — is a 3D surface,” said Brad Wardell, President of Stardock and also a Neowin.net contributor. “We recommend that our customers migrate to Windows Vista once it becomes generally available. But in the meantime, they can enjoy some of the eye-candy of Windows Vista on Windows XP.”
Seems his entire reason for advising people to move to Vista is the better eye candy. I guess that’s not a surprise coming from Stardock, who pretty much does just eyecandy. Still, a pretty lame reason to get a new OS, with the cost and time required.