The sidebar's back. Microsoft presented it to us two years ago, but in succeeding CTPs it was gone. Now it's back and you can add so-called gadgets. To speak in Apple terms, think of sidebar and gadgets as dashboard and widgets. You can write own your gadgets using WPF or DHTML, and they even launched Microsoft Gadgets yesterday, a site dedicated to gadget development.
Steve Sinchak points to a post by Brad Wardell, that Microsoft has released a preliminary version of the Vista User Experience guidelines:
According to Brad Wardell's blog on JoeUser.com, Microsoft has released a preliminary version of the UX guidelines to help developers write applications that look and take advantage of the new Vista glass user experience.
The UX guidelines are a series of web pages that can be downloaded directly from Microsoft. For those of you that do not want to download the web pages, I have placed all of them up on my web server for everyone to view.
Click Here to view the UX Guidelines
Click Here to download the UX Guidelines form Microsoft
Read Full Story at Brad Wardell's Blog
Today we got The Goods, almost 30GB of geek stuff. It's a box containing 6 DVD's:
- Windows Vista Beta 1 (incl. SDK)
- Visual Studio 2005 Team System Beta 2
- SQL Server 2005 June CTP, Virtual PC 2004, Virtual Server 2005 R2 Beta, Windows Server 2003 R2 RC0
- WinFX plus other stuff such as whitepapers
- Windows Vista CTP: PDC05
- Windows Server Codename "Longhorn" CTP: PDC05
But wait, something missing here. There are only 5 discs in my box, no Longhorn Server. I think I have to object that tomorrow.
Anyway, lots of cool stuff to play aroud with.
Update: I was informed that we'll get the sixth disc tomorrow. Sorry for any inconveniences.
The journey was a mess. My flight from Düsseldorf on Saturday was scheduled for 7:15am. Unfortunately, it was cancelled, and the next flight was at 2:05pm, so I had to kill nearly 7 hours at the airport. I arrived in LA at 19:00 local time, more than 28 hours after I get up in Germany. I used Sunday and Monday for some sightseeing, I visited the Rodeo Drive, Hollywood, Venice, and Santa Monica. If someone wants to offer me a job in LA, well, don't hesitate to contact me 😉
Anyway, meanwhile it's Tuesday morning, and I already had my breakfast in the LACC. Thirty minutes left till PDC officially starts with the keynotes of Bill Gates and Jim Allchin...
I'm cleaning up my desk at the moment and preparing my laptop as I did the last time before I'll leave tomorrow.
BTW, I'll stay in the Omni Plaza.