Active Desktop


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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 websites. 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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As mentioned, one of the main ones is IE4 (previously available on every magazine CD on the shelves of the local newsagent), which most users will already have installed if they are in any way interested in having the latest software on their machine and which supplies most of the cosmetic changes, browser-mode windows and the active desktop. Perhaps the most useful new feature is the FAT32 disk filing system, again previously available on new PC`s as Win95 OEM release b, which allows big hard disks (1Gb+)to work without having to be partitioned into almost floppy disk sized chunks, and you reclaim some of your disk space lost from having a terrible 32k cluster size.
However, Microsoft's goal with Windows 98 is to tie its Internet Explorer Web browser closely to the operating system's user interface (the bit of the system you actually see), and call it Active Desktop.
Still, watching the plethora of multi-colored channel windows glinting at me from the melancholy black of my Active Desktop, which every now and then turns a nauseating off-white as the system goes into "Active Desktop Recovery" mode, I can see the aesthetic attraction of it.
With Active Desktop (a feature of the latest Windows release), you stuck logos for thirty media corporations right on the PC desktop.
The world's largest computer company is junking its failed online rival to Netscape in favor of Active Desktop, which will attempt to look like NBC, CBS and Fox.
The name of the mistake in question is Microsoft's Active Desktop - and its channel bar component in particular.
If you are using Internet Explorer 4.0 with Active Desktop it will look very similar, but even moving from Windows 95 will be painless.
"First, the application will sit live on your desktop at all times as a Java beam or [as] part of the Microsoft Active Desktop [a component of the newly released Internet Explorer 4.0], and on that you will receive news as it breaks so you are not relying on polling the server to get information.

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