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Can’t wait for the rich user interface in Longhorn? In the meantime, check out SphereXP. I haven’t downloaded it, but the videos and screenshots look interesting.

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  • Eh, it's interesting. The key thing here is that the applications are not interactive when they are in the 3d environment, basically they seem to just be taking a screenshot of the application and representing it that way in the 3d environment. So basically it's a 3d task manager. It causes a runtime error and crashes here.

  • Not bad, but I agree with Ian -- the fact is that it just takes a static screenshot of applications as they were when last accessed by you.

    The problem with such an approach is that I can't leave my email running at a 45-degree and look at new messages at a glance by just briefly rotating my monitor. Instead, I have to click on the app to bring it to real-mode rather than screenshot-mode, which defeats the entire purpose of this system.

    If it provided updating views of applications, this desktop would be amazingly useful for organizing running applications. Nice find nevertheless.
  • Sounds like they need to extend the ability to update the windows while in the 3D mode. I can see that feature being very useful.
  • Not true.  You can right click an item that has been placed in the sphere and make it "active".  Said app, like Outlook is now shown in real time.  I don't recommend streaming a video in and active window but it truly is active and not just a screen shot.
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