Story image

A new user experience

01 Aug 06

The first thing users will notice about Vista is that it looks different. The Windows user interface has changed dramatically in the past ten years and with Windows Vista it has reached a new level of sophistication. A range of new, more intuitive tools have been developed to provide simplicity of use for the end user.
Unlike previous Windows operating systems Vista has not one but two different user interfaces. For those wanting a visual experience similar to XP there is the Windows Vista Basic user interface. For those wanting a more sophisticated, graphically enhanced user experience, there is the Windows Vista Aero user interface.

Windows Vista Aero
Aero is graphically superior to previous user interfaces. It features transparent borders that are referred to as ‘glass’ to provide a greater focus on content and navigation.  Aero also has Windows Flip & 3D Flip features which allows the user to flip through open windows (by using Alt+Tab) and provides a live thumbnail of each window. With Flip 3D, you can use the scroll wheel on your mouse to flip through open windows in a stack, and quickly select the one you want to work with. Plus Live Taskbar Thumbnails, a feature that also comes with Aero, lets the user receive a visual picture of the activity in a window just by moving the mouse cursor over a tile in the Task Bar.
Aero has a hardware requirement of a Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) supporting display adapter and needs a 64MB graphics processing unit.

Kiwis make waves in IoT World Cup
A New Zealand company, KotahiNet, has been named as a finalist in the IoT World Cup for its River Pollution Monitoring solution.
Can it be trusted? Huawei’s founder speaks out
Ren Zhengfei spoke candidly in a recent media roundtable about security, 5G, his daughter’s detainment, the USA, and the West’s perception of Huawei.
Oracle Java Card update boosts security for IoT devices
"Java Card 3.1 is very significant to the Internet of Things, bringing interoperability, security and flexibility to a fast-growing market currently lacking high-security and flexible edge security solutions."
How SMBs can use data to drive business outcomes
With the right technology, companies can capture consumer, sales, and expense data, and use it to evaluate and construct future plans.
Survey shows that IoT is RoI across Asia Pacific
A recent Frost & Sullivan survey across Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore shows that IoT deployment improves business metrics by around 12%.
Sophos hires ex-McAfee SVP Gavin Struther
After 16 years as the APAC senior vice president and president for McAfee, Struthers is now heading the APJ arm of Sophos.
Security platform provider Deep Instinct expands local presence
The company has made two A/NZ specific leadership hires and formed several partnerships with organisations in the region.
Half of companies unable to detect IoT device breaches
A Gemalto study also shows that the of blockchain technology to help secure IoT data, services and devices has doubled in a year.