5 Things You Will Love & Hate About Windows Vista

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    <SPAN id=intelliTxt><H3>Five Things You'll Love About Windows Vista</H3><H4>Graphical Interface and Windows Aero</H4>

    The thing you'll probably like most about Vista is its new interface. Transparent windows slide into place with animations, there are useful gadgets on the right side of the screen, and the colors are subtler than in previous versions of Windows. Overall, it's less cartoonish and more Mac-like than Windows XP.
    At the heart of the new interface is Windows Aero, which features windows with glassy, translucent edges, and whose colors, level of transparency, and saturation can be customized. The Alt-Tab switching between open windows has been drastically improved with Windows Flip and Windows Flip 3D. With Windows Flip (Alt-Tab), you see thumbnails of all your windows as you rotate through them. Windows Flip 3D stacks all of your windows in three dimensions; you can flip through them like cards. (To run it, click the Windows Flip 3D button in Quick Launch, or press the Windows Key-Tab combination.)

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    Figure 1. Windows Flip 3D switching among open windows. (Click for full-size image.)

    Two more elements of the new user interface are particularly notable: the gadgets on the Sidebar, and Live Thumbnails. Hover your mouse over a window on the Taskbar, and a thumbnail of that window pops up, including the program and document name or website just above it. These thumbnails are "live"; if there's video playing in the windows, you'll be able to see the video playing in the thumbnail.

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    Figure 2. Live Thumbnails show you live previews of any active window.

    Gadgets, which live on the Sidebar, are interactive applets that gather and display information, such as displaying RSS feeds, updating stock quotes, and so on. Windows Vista ships with about a dozen of them.<H4>Network and Sharing Center</H4>

    Windows Vista is the first version of Windows built in a world where networking has become nearly ubiquitous, and it shows. Microsoft has finally gotten networking right; for the first time, the network seems a natural extension of your PC.

    Command central for networking is the Network and Sharing Center, which lets you easily configure a network and all its features, including sharing files and folders, connecting to and managing multiple networks, and accessing all of your network's resources. All of your vital networking tools and information are right at hand, from file sharing to changing your network name, connecting to a network, managing network connections, repairing broken connections, and more.

    To see my favorite new networking feature, click "View Full Map," and Vista shows you a complete map of all of the PCs and devices on your network, including switches and gateways. Click a device or hover over it, and you'll see more details. So click a PC, and you'll see shared network files and folders. Hover your mouse over a device and details about it will be displayed--for example, its IP address and MAC address.

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    Figure 3. The new Network Map shows you every device on your network and displays details about each, such as IP and MAC addresses.<H4>Wireless Networking</H4>

    If you frequently connect to multiple wireless networks, for example, one at home, hot spots outside your home, and possibly a workplace wireless network, you'll appreciate the ease with which you can connect to and manage wireless networks and connections.

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