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Scenic Ribbon UI framework: Microsoft backporting to Vista

Developer documentation on MSDN’s indicating Microsoft’ll indeed be backporting the new Scenic Ribbon UI framework introduced in Windows 7 to its predecessor, Windows Vista (and Windows Server 2008). Further information posted by a Microsoft employee in the MSDN forums reveals however a rather non-intuitive implementation of how the backport will be delivered to users. Instead of a simple redistributable resource file or runtime developers can bundle with their application package as one might expect, a “Windows 7 interoperability pack” creatively dubbed the “Windows 7 Client Platform Update” will be made available via Windows Update by October. This “recommended” update will then have to be installed manually by the user or silently triggered by the application setup to be applied.

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