Windows Aero – Vista's premium user interface

Windows Flip

Two more neat features are brought to Vista by the Windows Aero user interface--Windows Flip and Flip 3D. To begin with, Windows Flip is accessed by pressing [Alt][Tab] and is designed to allow you to cycle through all the open windows. The interface is a much nicer than that of previous Windows versions in that it includes both an icon and a live thumbnail of the window, as shown here. As you can see, in addition to showing icons and live thumbnails of open programs, Windows Flip also shows an icon and a live thumbnail of the desktop, thus allowing you to easily return to the desktop.

By Bill Detwiler

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