Microsoft selects Splendid to design Vista desktop gadgets

Microsoft has appointed Splendid to design a series of desktop ‘gadgets’ for its Vista operating system.

The digital specialist is working with interaction design group Flow Interactive on projects for third-party clients, including Easyjet and Emap’s Empire magazine, on behalf of Microsoft. It is tasked with creating the visual elements for the gadgets, which are similar to the ‘widgets’ used by the Apple Macintosh operating system, using Vista’s enhanced graphics processing. ‘Vista uses a graphics processor similar to the Apple Macintosh, so Vista will be more lush, visually,’ says Splendid director Paul Bishop.

Vista is scheduled for consumer launch next year. The gadget software will be shown to corporate users on 5 December.

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