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September 16, 2005

PDC05 Windows Vista Recap

Posted by David Hunter at 8:36 PM ET.

Windows Vista was one of the two big themes of PDC05, but I’m having a hard time pointing out new news. In the words of Paul Thurrott, “There isn’t really anything new to say about Windows Vista. We already knew just about everything there is to know.”

First cut to the screenshots. They’re nice and the sidebar is back, just like in 2003. PCMag has a photo review here.


- There is going to be extensive beta testing with roughly monthly Community Technical Previews (CTP). But the Community seems to be just MSDN and TechNet subscribers and technical beta program testers.

- Speaking of the sidebar, it isn’t actually in the version 5219 bits handed out to attendees but will be in the October CTP. The mini-apps that can run in the sidebar are now termed “gadgets.” Somewhat confusingly, that’s also the name for the mini-apps that run at and on Windows Sideshow auxiliary displays and they now jointly have a web site to encourage developers to create them.

- Some spiffy games exploiting Avalon and some new Tablet tweaks.

- 30 ISVs announced plans for optimized Vista apps and there will be “a new service within Windows Marketplace called Digital Locker, which will be available in the Windows Vista timeframe” was announced to promote same.

- New Windows Vista home page

- People Near Me and SuperFetch

Filed under Digital Locker, OS - Client, Technologies, Windows Live, Windows Marketplace, Windows Vista

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One Response to “PDC05 Windows Vista Recap”

  1. Microsoft launches new Windows Live Marketplace -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] There’s no formal announcement yet, but you can now check out Windows Marketplace for the new look at Basically Microsoft has mapped its Xbox Live Marketplace to the PC space and users can purchase a variety of software and other downloadable digital goodies using the Digital Locker technology announced last September. Liveside has more (including the as yet unrealized expectation of a renaming to Windows Live Marketplace), as does Ed Bott who came upon the link in a setup screen in a beta Windows Vista setup and notes that it seems to be yet another stealth Microsoft announcement: By my calculations, this site should be open for business at noon, Pacific Daylight Time, on Monday, August 28. It’s a curiously soft launch. No one from Microsoft has pitched this story to me, and the only mention I’ve seen online is this short blurb at LiveSide. Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, Technologies, General Business, Public Relations, Windows Live, Marketing, Microsoft, Windows Marketplace, Digital Locker   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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