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Active Desktop

Enabling real-time content on a Windows desktop. Introduced with Internet Explorer 4.0 in 1997 for Windows 95 and Windows NT, Web pages could be turned into desktop items that were updated automatically. For example, a stock ticker Web page could be made a desktop item, or a company's intranet home page could become wallpaper visible on each user's computer. Active Desktop supported Active Channels, which were subscriber-based content delivery systems from external or internal Web sites. Active Desktop was dropped in Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2003 was the last server OS to support it. See Active Channel.
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Using Active Desktop will mean lots of extensive training for users, running up significant training costs for businesses.
In particular, the new Microsoft TV-style Active Desktop will seek to tempt the mass public to try "owned and operated" ventures such as the online political magazine Slate, a travel channel/service called Expedia and CNN-clone MSNBC, as well as Retrospect 360, a historical channel, the Broken Line, a combination travel game/ scavenger hunt, and Riff, a "chat room" where popular musicians talk to their fans.
The new Mac OS X version includes a revised active desktop playback engine, providing improved remote and local file handling, improved bitmap rendering, an integrated preferences panel with options to preview and un- install wallpaper, and support for Expose.
In addition to the question of which browser to integrate with Quicken, the two companies were also negotiating for a position on the active desktop push channel bar on the Windows desktop.
5 of the WarehouseLogic logistics management software, the Active Desktop GUI-based single point access/control module, the d'Amigo alert management and reporting tool, and the e-Vista web-based visibility tool, which enables customers to track movement and status of their inventory in real time.
He said that Intuit evaluated both browsers while developing Quicken 98, but went with IE because Microsoft offered the carrot and stick combination of a prominent place on its now-faded Active Desktop technology if it chose IE.
Confederation Freezers' SmartEnterprise 2 suite includes the Enterprise Foundation, an integration layer; the RF Voice Foundation, WarehouseLogic logistics management software, the Active Desktop GUI-based single point access and control module, the d'Amigo alert management and reporting tool, and the e-Vista web-based visibility tool that enables customers to track the movement and status of their inventory in real time.
Wonderpixel, a German interactive agency, has developed an active desktop for German folk musician Matthias Reim featuring photos, calendar and news updates, and an audio player previewing Reim's newest songs.
And a deal between the two to include an Intuit channel on Microsoft's Active Desktop did not prevent Intuit from forging a content deal with Netscape, according to Microsoft.
5, the Active Desktop single-point process monitoring and control module, the e-Vista web-based supply chain visibility tool, and the d'Amigo alerts and reporting tool.
The product can be embedded into intranets or extranets as well as within the Microsoft(R) Active Desktop environment, which means that users have immediate access to key information right on their desktop.
Disney wanted a channel on Microsoft's Active Desktop.

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