The Thoosje Vista Sidebar that resides on the desktop allows the user to transform the XP OS into Vista clone as part of the Vista Transformation Pack. Although it is just as powerful, it uses 50% less RAM than the actual product while providing the same gadgets. The download is free, which gives the user a chance to try Vista before making a purchase.
The sidebar window features such options as a clock, calendar, current weather in whatever zip code you choose, RSS Feeds, and a network activity monitor. Everything will also work with XP so a total switch to Vista is not necessary. It saves the gadget settings at start-up, including skins, so it does not have to be reconfigured every time. There are 14 gadgets in the sidebar and some can float on the desktop. The problem is, the icons are quite large and requires a 24 inch monitor in order to display all of them at one time. A gadget is a mini application that performs one or more functions and is readily available without having to open the start menu for the calculator or go onto the internet for weather updates. The gadgets are easy to read, understand and use.
The sidebar is not a shell application. It free download gives you the full Vista experience without having to purchase the product itself. It allows you to still use the XP operating system at will without any overwrite or damage. The sidebar has two search bars and it is easy to switch from one to another. Each search bar has several search engines including Yahoo, Google, MSN, Amazon, Alta Vista plus many others. Wikipedia, Dictionary.com and other similar research sites are also accessible. Just type the name of the search engine or website and it is instantly available. The other search bar contains all the torrent searches such as IsoHunt and Torrent Spy.
The look is totally amazing and most reviewers gave it their highest rating. They were also impressed with the developers constantly updating and fixing bugs in the system. When compared with other similar Vista Sidebars available for download, reviewers were not so impressed with the functionality. Some icons didn’t work, others had misspellings and some would overwrite the XP OS and leave the users without the ability to switch back and forth. Overall, the Thoosje’s Vista Sidebar was given the highest rating.
If you are wanting to try or use Vista, the Thoosje Vista Sidebar is the best option. It is a free download and gives the same features as the actual product. It can be uninstalled at any time without damage to the computer or the operating system.
Thoosje.com is a software development company headquartered in The Netherlands. Their primary focus is creating sidebars for software applications and operating systems so that they will function with other applications. Developers are constantly working on improvements and upgrades to existing programs. Bug fixes are being released almost on a daily basis.
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