Vista partnerships revealed

Bill Gates and a host of Microsoft partners were on hand at the British Library Tuesday to launch Windows Vista in the UK yesterday and to show off a selection of new tools designed specifically for the new OS.

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This morning’s demonstration showed how users will be able to pick up, rotate and zoom in on virtual books onscreen in what Brindley described as a “a first glimpse of a genuinely limitless research environment”.

Microsoft UK executives also took to the stage to show off the key features of Vista – many of which are detailed here – before Windows client marketing manager Simon Darby demonstrated how third-party developers can use Vista to push their services to computer users.

Betfair, easyJet, Franklin Covey, IMG Media and ITN have all developed applications that reside on Vista’s Sidebar, giving the companies’ a permanent presence on Vista desktops without interfering with users’ other tasks.

Gates said Windows Vista’s launch today marked “just the beginning” of the development work that will take place on the platform over the next few years. “The Windows environment has always had ten times as many applications as any other,” he said. “Every time we move the platform up to a new level we’re amazed at what the software industry does with it.”

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