There used to be this awesome site, before Vista’s launch, called "See Windows Vista". It had this sophisticated looking guy (with beard and glasses) go through all of the cool things that could be accomplished on Vista. These were mainly specific program made for very specific businesses and research, and even education, though they weren’t targeted to everybody. A lot of cool visual stuff, but I didn’t really see anything of real use for ME out of it. I never even see them in real life. But it was VERY cool what these applications could ‘seem’ to do, and that was awesome enough.
But for month, "See Windows Vista" has been down. Probably because none of that stuff happened. Or were described as too wistfully. So they took the whole site down, sadly.
Now they replaced it with something called "Windows Vista Innovation Cafe". I find it quite lame compared to the old site. It’s uses Flash, but it does so in a very slow way, and I find a LOT of lag when going through it. So annoying. It also uses a lame Microsoft-scenario place, where people randomly walk up to this laptop in this cafe, and play around with some interesting programs. Dumb! Dumb scenario. Just show us the neat programs, not the lame cafe background. Ugh.
Well anyways, it has MOST of what was in the original "See Windows Vista" site.
Some of the companies involved are:
- Right Hemisphere
- Scripps Research Institute
- The North Face
- Electric Red
- ITN Hub
- The New York Times
- Roxio Central
- British Library
- Knowledge Adventure (same people who made MathBlaster! – fave learning game in Elementary school)
Well those are the companies so far.
Notably missing are :
- AMG-Mercedes – site with test driving Mercedes cars in a "3D-like" experience
- AREVA – had to do with nuclear energy mapping software
- 90 Degree Software – Couldn’t remember this one
I thought the site was rather weak. The video demos are pretty slow to load up, you have to click a lot, and some of the demos are pretty confusing. Like I would never get how that would work, or why that’s so complicated. Some of them also lack a nice polish.
I just really hate the lame cafe scene. I mean, goofy smiles on those peoples’ faces? Using the same laptop (no name brand), that’s also pretty ugly? Ok, I mean this is LAME. That’s the best way I can emphasize this.
BUT, at least it shows some neat demos. Demos MOST people will NEVER use, but at least they look interesting. Most use WPF/Silverlight in them. I thought that was neat.
But I still think the whole "See Windows Vista" site was a MUCH more better and entertaining site. Sad to see it go.
So here’s the site : http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/innovation/default.mspx