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.”
- 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 start.com and on Windows Sideshow auxiliary displays and they now jointly have a web site to encourage developers to create them.
- 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