Microsoft Windows Vista(Longhorn)
Windows Vista, the long awaited new version of Microsoft’s Windows Operating System, is currently in beta 1 and is due to ship next year. Previously known as ‘Longhorn’, Vista was officially unveiled in July 2005, and its name has much to do with its new look and feel, which is known as ‘Aero’.Aero will give Windows Vista a number of ‘Glass’ display effects which are designed to give Windows more of a 3D look and feel. Window and dialogue box borders will be partially transparent, content will be blurred behind them and shadows will be used to enhance the sense of depth. Windows and dialogue boxes will also appear and disappear using zooming and fading effects. From the beta 1 we’ve seen it all looks very slick and impressive, but in order to make these effects possible Microsoft has built Vista’s Desktop Windows Manager (DWM) on DirectX, its own API that makes real time 3D graphics possible in games and select CAD/DCC applications.
Microsoft’s next generation operating system, Windows Vista will feature DirectX at its heart. This could have major implications for OpenGL, the graphics API behind the majority of CAD applications, says Greg Corke.
Minimum Requirements (Vista-Capable PC)
1. 800 MHz Intel-compatible processor
2. 512MB of RAM
3. DirectX 9.0-Capable Graphics Processor
4. 20GB HD
Recommended Requirements (Premium-Ready PCs)
1. 1 GHz Intel-compatible processor.
2. 1GB RAM
3. DirectX 9.0-Capable Graphics Processor, with 128MB graphics memory. (64MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor less than 1,310,720 pixels [no more than 1440×900]; 128MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions from 1,310,720 to 2,304,000 pixels [no more than 1920×1200]; 256MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions higher than 2,304,000 pixels [more than 1920×1200]). 40GB HD with at least 15GB "free space".