Part of Windows Vista Ultimate’s much anticipated feature/service Ultimate Extras finally went RTW today, well partially. But it looks like things are finally coming together, months after the Ultimate Extras team announced that they would delay the release because of stability and performance issues associated with installing the add-ons. Here is what the team had to say:
In early July, I wrote about The Ultimate Team’s intention to ship the remaining promised Ultimate Extras (DreamScene and the remaining Language Packs) by the end of the summer. Unfortunately summer never really came to Seattle this year—so we missed our cue. That being said, we are pleased to announce that Windows DreamScene is now available.
As most of you already know, Windows DreamScene transforms your desktop from a static wallpaper image into a full-motion video. In conjunction with Stardock, we’re pleased to also offer a number of cool, new animated DreamScene desktops, including “Aurora”. Additionally, you can use your own videos as DreamScene desktops or visit Stardock’s Dream.WinCustomize.com website to download Stardock’s DeskScapes (an add-on to DreamScene) as well as a collection of fabulous content created by Stardock and members of the Ultimate community.
The Ultimate Extras team also explained the changes to the Ultimate Extras page in Windows Vista SP1 which was released to a broad group of testers yesterday:
On a different topic, as the broad beta for Windows Vista SP1 nears, people have noticed that the screen which welcomes customers to Windows Ultimate Extras has changed. Our intent in making this change was simply to broaden the definition in anticipation of a broader range of Ultimate Extras being available in the future—that do not necessarily map to the original, narrow definition.
Read the entire announcement here
I am happy to at least happy to know that development is still on going and the team is committed to delivering the value Vista Ultimate customers were promised. Windows DreamScene was announced in late 2006 just before Windows Vista was RTMed, it was originally code named Motion Desktop.