Things I would like to see in Windows 8 – Part 3 – a 3d interactive desktop

One of the features that I am really surprised hasn’t shown up in Windows yet is the 3d interactive desktop.

Windows Vista had Windows Dreamscene.

Windows DreamScene was a Windows Ultimate Extra. With Windows DreamScene, you were able to change your Windows Vista desktop background to a video clip, which would run in a continuous loop to make your desktop come to life.

Cute.

Windows 7 didnt really build on that concept.

The problem is that’s not enough. I would like to have desktop backgrounds that have objects that can be interacted with.

A car in the background where I could store my videos under the hood and my documents in the backseat.

A treasure chest in the distance where I could store my Microsoft Word files etc etc..

I’m sure some company has come up with something similar but it seems to me that it should be something that is intrinsic to the actual operating system itself.

What do you guys think?

  • Isaiah

    It reminds me of Windows Bob for some reason 😛

  • egasimus

    This is not what an OS is supposed to do. Windows is enough over-the-top already. We could live with Windows' GUI being intrinsic to the OS, after all it's (supposedly) centered around user-friendliness, but this? Come on.

    What I'd like to see is more modularity in Windows. Have a bare minimum of components, and install what is needed, when it is needed – from an on-line repository maybe. What use would an office employee who would be fired for playing a round of Solitaire have for, say, DirectX?

    • Kevin

      I agree. Some sort of Package Manager. Eg: Aptitude or Synaptic for APT on Debian based systems.

  • thisdoessuck

    As already said – resembles bob

  • Elliotviolin

    Look up Bumptop. It is a 3D Desktop application.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P2YVGEF6HIZXQNWE7Q6IN6UI6I minhaz m

    No offense, but almost everything you’re mentioned is stupid. Microsoft doesn’t need a 3D interactive desktop, that only kills performance. Startup times could definitely improve though. Control panel isn’t bad, if you want less functionality then go switch to Mac OSX. Ad supported version? That’s stupid. For one, most 3rd world countries are pirating the software anyway, and Microsoft knows it. They aren’t trying to deploy to those 3rd world countries, it would cost too much. And how do you update ads? Either install a whole bunch of ads locally, or you need an internet connection. Internet connections are very inconsistent in 3rd world countries, that is if they even have a connection. A decent browser? That’s understandable, but again that’s why you have options(i.e. Chrome, Firefox). But Internet Explorer 9 is destroying the competition in recent benchmarks. Security could also improve, but most security issues (i.e. viruses, malware, and spyware) are an issue because of unintelligent users. It’s very easy to not get infected, even with no anti-virus. Microsoft should sell Windows with Microsoft Security Essentials integrated, and also build Windows Defender into it. But the problem is, there are so many users of Microsoft Windows, there are hundreds of viruses released each day, most of which are insignificant but there are a few that are successful.

    • http://www.windows8update.com/ Onuora Amobi

      No offense, but almost everything you’re mentioned is stupid.

      – Classy..good intro.

      Microsoft doesn’t need a 3D interactive desktop, that only kills performance.

      – Based on?

      Ad supported version? That’s stupid. For one, most 3rd world countries are pirating the software anyway, and Microsoft knows it. They aren’t trying to deploy to those 3rd world countries, it would cost too much.

      -Pirated or not, they would be advertising eyeballs. Why not make money off pirated licenses? Advertisers would pay to get in front of several hundred million people.

      Either install a whole bunch of ads locally, or you need an internet connection. Internet connections are very inconsistent in 3rd world countries, that is if they even have a connection.

      – Do it the same way you install Updates. If the PC gets updates, it gets ads. Period.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P2YVGEF6HIZXQNWE7Q6IN6UI6I minhaz m

        Alright, I apologize for the terrible intro, wasn’t in the best of moods.
        However, Microsoft has no incentive to offer a free version.

        Based on?

        Based on the fact that if you knew anything about operating systems and resource management, constantly running a 3D interactive desktop would most certainly use up system resources. For everyday computing, I have my shortcuts on the taskbar. It is definitely faster to use those than having to go through a “3D interactive desktop.” Even for not-so-common tasks such as playing a game or doing some 3D rendering, it would be much more efficient to open up the Start Menu and type away. A 3D interactive desktop may look cool in theory, and it might even effectively work for some people, but most people who need to get work done in an efficient manner will be extremely irritated by it. Here’s a thought:
        Say you’re running AutoCAD, Photoshop, and Illustrator, do you really think your performance wouldn’t be bottlenecked by that “3D interactive desktop”? Again, 3D interactive could work, but it will only work for the average consumer, maybe a living room computer?

        P.S. I have taken several classes on Operating Systems, and have done extensive research on Windows Resource Management, I know when something will kill performance.

        • http://www.windows8update.com/ Onuora Amobi

          Apology accepted – I have bad days too 🙂

          All the things you mention are good points but only when you look at them through todays limitations. It reminds me of Apple- They never say it can’t be done, they just do it differently and better.

          I have an Ipad with very little ram that just got updated and multi tasks very smoothly. It has a battery that lasts forever as well. Innovators find ways to make the impossible possible.

          Obviously running the Adobe suit in 3d will task any processor but my larger point is, they need to do something different and more innovative because if they wont, Google and Apple will do it for them.

  • Kevin Legrande

    This would appeal to the masses as a very user friendly approach but you would also need a turbo boot option for power people. If you could assemble the turbo mode with drag and drop modules, that would be even better. Now you’ve got a slick OS that works great if you don’t touch it and even better if you do.

  • bladerunner

    Why waste all the horsepower on something useless? If you want to be “in the game” all time, just make a game where you have to go to work every day and write tons of word documents… Oh wait, Sims is already there 😀

  • Sonic98

    Though I agree that the control panel could be simpler, it’s much easier to find stuff on Windows 7 than previous versions. Pretty much every window you open can be searched as well as from the start menu. Also, after years of using Mac and PC, I’ve found that simpler is not always better. Sometimes something being easier to use gives you less control. Sometimes when stuff is easier to use or seems to “just work” when there is a problem you have a harder time fixing it. Sometimes easier just makes it too easy to not know how to do anything. But that’s fine with me, we have too many DIYers that wanna try to do everything taking away from the trained person’s chance to put skills to use

    • Sonic98

      Sorry guys my Windows got mixed up and I posted my reply to part 2 to part 3