Microsoft has completely reworked the desktop layout in Vista. Windows can be previewed and tiled in 3D.
Users can of course switch back to classic mode.
Vista will recommend turing off Desktop Composition and eye candy, if the system starts getting slow.
Vista will offer miniature applications called "Gadgets".
Vista themes are selected through the "Appearance Settings"
Tabbed browsing in the new IE that comes with Vista.
Window preview allows you to see miniature versions of each open webpage.
Like previous Internet Explorer versions, IE7 will have parental controls.
You can now add additional search engines to the default IE search bar.
Microsoft is nice enough to show alternate search engines.
IPv6 is fully integrated into the network stack and drivers.
Both IPv4 and v6 connectivity will be shown in the network panel.
IPv6 information entry screen
Program needs permission to continue. You'll find that Vista will be a very "polite" operating system that will often prompt you to continue.
Unidentified program is trying to access your computer.
An enhanced dialog box now appears when you try to overwrite a file. Vista will let you rename the original file.
Copying file details window has been enhanced with more details.
Volume can be set for each application.
Enhanced parental controls let parents set available hours for their children to use the computer.
Beta testers were encouraged to find as many bugs as possible. Bug information was uploaded via an integrated reporting tool.