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Clarification on Windows Vista and “Vector Glass”… pffft

September 1st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

As you can see, the top image is from the pre-RC1 build 5536 from VistaBase, and the bottom image is from RC1 build 5600 from Winsupersite. As Jim Allchin says in his RC1 written speech, there are “some UI adjustments”. This does not imply in any way that RC1 has Vector Glass. The truth is, Vista is a powerful operating system but the technology at the moment in terms of computing power, there simply isn’t enough of it to support Vector Glass. This however leaves it open to the next operating system down the line, Windows Vienna “Fiji” (also known as Vista R2) which is due out in 2008. By then, computing power should have increased dramatically to allow this technology forward.

To read the post I made ages ago about Vector Glass not coming in Vista, click here.

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8 Responses

  1. azz0r Says:


    It’s an improvement, it really is.

    Now if they’d give us an option to disable the taskbar/sidebar/window going black gothic when I maximize a window, that’d be swell.

  2. Andre Da Costa Says:

    Zack, please don’t speculate on future release dates of Windows that are not true. You got burned by Wendy with Vector Glass fiasco, at least learn from that experience. I agree azz0r, Vista suffers from too much darkness.

  3. Jason Cox Says:

    I agree with azz0r, it would be nice to be able to disable that blackness when you maximize a windows, it’s my last remaining complaint with Vista.

    Andre, what Vector Glass fiasco? We were told ages ago in the NGs that Vector Glass/Aero Diamond wasnt coming.

    You’re right about not speculating releases though, even though Mary Jo says Codenamed: “Fiji” (aka Windows Vista R2) is due due out in the 2008/2009 timeframe with Vienna due out after Fiji. Dont remember if MS ever confirmed there was a Fiji or if that was just Mary Jo again.

  4. Zack Whittaker Says:

    OK let’s try and clear things up again. Andre seems to chip in and critise when I’m giving an opinion, unknowing that infact an opinion can neither be right or wrong. So when saying “This however leaves it open to the next operating system down the line”, it literally means that. It could be there, because in my *opinion*, computing power will be significantly faster and Vector Glass could well make it in.

    Also, I’m kinda pissed that Wendy announced on Messenger via her personal status message that Vector Glass was infact here – everyone else had internally denied it, so I was like “hmm OK”. Because of that, I bought a £700 new machine online within a few minutes afterwards. However Wendy being Wendy, she’s still cool and yes, I’ve learned from my mistake 🙂

    FIJI – that’s the one. God I’m sorry I screwed up that one. “Vista R2” is Fiji – the next OS after Vista. I’ve changed it in the article. If you want to check out the roadmap from all the sources from the web as well as internal gossip and informants, check here . Before anyone says (because someone will), it’s not official and it’s not guaranteed because things change.

  5. Computer Guru Says:


    In my experience with game programming, Vector-based animation is lighter than normal raster-animations if used on a large scale with supporting hardware. You can’t get larger-scale than an entire OS…. It means MS just didn’t want to code it. That simple.

  6. Andre Da Costa Says:

    Zack, you are falling off with keeping track of future releases. I am not critiquing you btw. Just trying to help you avoid being known as unreliable source of Windows Info. I really don’t care about Vector Glass, its not gonna help me write my documents or calculate my income tax any better.

  7. Patrick Elliott [MS] Says:

    Looks like the same UI to me — only one is on a dark background and the other against a light one

  8. BlueScreenOfDeath Says:

    um…look closely …different wallpapers 😛