Saturday, April 28, 2007

Windows Aero User Interface

A discussion about Windows Vista Aero UI ...

"Windows Aero is the premium user interface available in most mainstream Vista versions. Contrary to what you may have read elsewhere, it is also the most likely user interface you're likely to see with Windows Vista, regardless of your hardware. Yes, Aero does require specific minimum hardware specifications, which we'll discuss. But most PC hardware produced in the past 3 or 4 years, excluding some budget laptops with older integrated graphics chipsets, is powerful enough to display the Aero interface.

Unlike other Vista user interface types--Windows Vista Standard, Windows Vista Basic, and Windows Classic--Windows Aero utilizes the graphics processor in your video card to composite and render the display. This design leads to two main advantages over the other Vista interfaces. First, the display is more reliable and seamless, with none of the weird tearing effects that mar the other interfaces. Second, by offloading the display from the system microprocessor to the GPU, Windows Aero frees the microprocessor to perform other tasks, leading to better overall performance.

Visually, Windows Aero provides glass-like graphical elements, which you'll see on window frames (or "chrome"), the taskbar, the Start Menu, and the Start button (or "Start orb" as it's sometimes called). These elements are translucent by default, allowing you to see other graphical elements are logically arranged below."    (Continued via Windows Supersite)    [Usability Resources]

Windows Aero vs. Vista Basic - Usability, User Interface Design

Windows Aero vs. Vista Basic

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