Sunday, February 10, 2008

Cairo: The upcoming Windows shell alternative

There are a number of shell alternatives for Windows that tries to bring the "wow" factor to Windows XP as well as to Windows Vista. The latest among them is Cairo. Cairo is a revolutionary desktop environment for Windows. The developers goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards. With a focus on stability, performance, and productivity, Cairo is sure to turn a few heads, they say.

Indeed, from the screenshots released Cairo does look pretty. Cairo is still in the development stage and they are looking for testers to test their alpha release. If you want to try it out, then sign up as beta testers. The sign up ends on February 13th.

Cairo when completed will have the following features:

Easily access all your files and applications with Cairo's revolutionary Start replacement.

Dynamic Desktop
Browse files and folder right from your desktop. Easily move back and forth between locations.

Slick, Stable, and Slim
Cairo is designed from the ground up to be elegant, reliable, and fast.

Easily organize your workload by desktop and move applications from one to the other.

File and Application Grouping
Group file types into virtual file stacks to easily locate files. Group applications together to easily switch between tasks.

Cairo makes it easy to launch applications you use frequently while hiding ones you don't.

File Explorer
Easily find files and folders. Preview documents, music, or images with one click.

Fully Customizable
Cairo's unique plugin system gives you only the options you want. Use the easy configuration options to add and remove features.

I'm going to try this one for sure. Visit Cairo's homepage.


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