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  • Blog Post: Keeping the taskbar transparent when your deskband is enabled

    If you have code that implements a deskband for the Windows Taskbar in Windows Vista, you may have noticed that it causes the taskbar to appear opaque when there is not a maximized window open, instead of being transparent, but darkly tinted which is the normal state of the taskbar. You can get around...
  • Blog Post: Mary Jo Foley says Leopard looks like Windows Vista

    When we did the visuals for Vista, we worked really hard to get a to a look and feel that was streamlined, efficient, and modern. We knew people would compare what we're doing to what other companies do, but I never expected this .
  • Blog Post: Scott Hanselman looks at Vista task switching applications

    Scott wrote a quick review of some different Task Switching applications that have been written for Windows Vista using the new window thumbnail preview API's that are part of Windows Vista's desktop composition system.
  • Blog Post: Why Intel 915 graphics don’t have a WDDM driver for Windows Vista

    A common question among folks who are upgrading to Windows Vista on slightly older notebooks, tablet PC's, and UMPC's is why the Intel 915 graphics chipset doesn't have WDDM support, as WDDM support is a prerequisite for Desktop Composition. The folks over at the Intel software blog have posted a video...
  • Blog Post: iTunes & Quicktime and Aero

    I made a post about a year ago regarding how some applications have a side effect of disabling Aero. While it is still possible to create applications that have this side-effect (due to the underlying problem of applications accessing the primary display buffer directly), many of the applications that...
  • Blog Post: Back on Channel 9!

    In late December, I sat down for another interview on Channel 9 . It took a little while to "bake" over the holidays, but it finally got posted about a week ago. I know some folks are asking for the source code for the demo that was shown, you can download it from here . This sample was based on some...
  • Blog Post: USA Today on the Windows Vista Upgrade Experience

    In the USA Today Personal Technology Column this week, Ed Baig talks about his experience upgrading to Windows Vista . He has some really complementary comments about Aero in this write-up: The Aero interface is handsome. Users will appreciate translucent edges, live thumbnail images that appear over...
  • Blog Post: Instant Viewer & Intellipoint Software for Windows Vista

    The new Intellipoint Software for Windows Vista has a great feature that builds on the DWM API called "Instant Viewer". It allows you to remap the click-wheel to bring up a grid view of all your open Windows like this:
  • Blog Post: Report on the performance impact of Desktop Composition

    Ars Technica picked up a report on a study on Windows Vista performance that was conducted at Principled Technologies, a technology assessment company in North Carolina. There's lots of good data in the study about the performance of Windows Vista on a handful of different hardware platforms. One of...
  • Blog Post: Heuristics for enabling Aero

    If you're a system builder or just building a pc for yourself, and you want to make sure that your PC can run Aero, you'll be interested in this document . It describes the heuristics the operating system uses to enable Aero, and outlines some troubleshooting steps for getting Aero up and running if...
  • Blog Post: colorization improvements for maximized windows

    One question (complaint really) we've gotten for quite some time with Windows Vista has been that customers who select a custom color for their windows lose that color when the window is maximized. Well - we fixed that - the next RC build of Windows Vista will maintain your color in the darkened maximized...
  • Blog Post: exposé using DWM API

    Greg Schecter has been blogging extensively about the DWM API's in Windows Vista lately. It's definitely worth a look, as he does a great job outlining the possibility of what you can do using the DWM on Windows Vista. One great example I saw recently was created by someone I only know as "Simon on...
  • Blog Post: Dissecting my WinHEC talk

    I got an email recently about a post on a third-party discussion board regarding my talk at WinHEC. This made me chuckle. I assume it’s the zoom-in on the caption buttons that’s being questioned there. I’m pretty sure if you look up my slide deck from WinHEC 2005 you’ll find the same image in there...
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