If you’d like to see what all the fuss is about re Windows Vista, have a gander at http://www.seewindowsvista.com/. Besides being a pretty impressive way to show off videos of Microsoft customer development projects, the interfaces briefly shown will get your attention.
I admit, my estimation/willingness to drink the koolaid for Vista went up a big notch after seeing these videos. I predict Vista applications will – because of the interfaces alone – make Vista hot enough to get those who get to choose their version of Windows to switch.


  1. Maybe I’m missing something significant, but in these videos I’m not seeing a lot of Vista. I’m seeing websites, third party applications, movies, an occasionally irritating narrator who knocks on my screen if I take 20 seconds to switch to a different tab to talk about him. Very little information about the OS itself.
    It’s possible I’m in pedantic geek mode again, but I want to see what Vista is going to offer me in terms of file management, application development, bundled applications.

  2. bobw Reply

    You’re thinking like a developer – now think for a moment like a non-developer who is a) At the mercy of what developers create b) Is going nuts because they can’t get what they want done c) has had their expectations massively reset by seeing these videos or the real deal in a few months.
    It’s that resetting of expectations thing that is going to be the [latest] drumbeat we as developers are going to have to dance too soon, be it commercial or enterprise software.
    Put another way, we all are (mostly) fine with using a console interface – how many WinXP users even know that they can get to this? 1 in 100 would be an overestimate, IMO.
    So yes, very little info on the OS itself. But one hell of a lot of sizzle.

  3. I guess ultimately my beef with the site (it’s a very mild beef) is that the applications and web sites and such that they demonstrate in the videos already exist today, with the possible exception of the rarely-shown Vista chrome. What is Vista offering that doesn’t already exist in XP (or non-MS OSes)?
    If Vista makes developing multimedia applications easier, then cool, but the site doesn’t say how the applications are more easily developed, just that when Vista comes you’ll be able to go to a website with a fancy 360 degree product display.
    I am probably just being a grouse. To clarify, it’s not like I want to know what file system Vista is going to use, but I want to know that Vista helps me sort my multimedia files and that applications designed for Vista can take advantage of that to mash them up, rather than just that I’ll be able to run some mashup application.
    I’m genuinely not trying to look at it like a developer, just someone who differentiates between the OS and an application. Show off media player and center and using repeaters like an xbox to show my pictures on the tv, fancy stuff like that (which is still possible today, but is fancier in the future, or something).

  4. I had exactly the same impression, Rob, feeling that they were misleading consumers into thinking swanky third party applications somehow represented the quality of Vista. Even if those applications were written targeting WinFX/Avalon — which doesn’t seem to be the case for many of them — there is nothing preventing them from being developed in long existing tools and platforms. e.g. Just because the shell team decided to use the 3D layer doesn’t mean they invented it, nor does it mean that it’s a platform that’s any more interesting to third parties than it was already (given that they already could use it, without worrying about being tied to only early-Vista adopters).
    In the end I was left feeling even less enthused about Vista than my already low expectations. If -that’s- what they chose to highlight, then things aren’t so good.

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