Gates shows off new Windows Vista features

Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates has used this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off some new features of the company’s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.

Microsoft chief software architect Bill Gates has used this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off some new features of the company’s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system.

Gates demonstrated new photo-editing tools and a revamped media player that improves the way that Windows tackles those types of media files that are most commonly used.

Microsoft’s Vista Photo Gallery photo-editing program allows users to complete basic editing and sort pictures by date, keyword and other information. It is designed to compete against Apple’s iPhoto solution, found on the Mac.

In addition, new graphics abilities in Vista include Flip 3D, a graphics tool designed to be used across multiple open windows and the new Windows Vista Sidebar.

Windows Vista Sidebar runs in the corner of the PC screen and can include RSS feeds and other small applications. The sidebar had already been demonstrated in the first preview of Longhorn – Vista’s previous code name.

Windows Vista is due to be commercially launched towards the end of the year.

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