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The Start menu in this Longhorn concept was animated in numerous ways: the Windows flag waves, there's an aurora animation running on the left-hand pane, and as you hovered over menu items, their respective icons would swing into view at the top of the left-hand pane. It was an awesome, awe-inspiring vision of the Start menu!
Big glass borders gave an exciting look and feel to the shell, also providing a space for recent thumbnails. The thumbnails feature seemed odd and out of place, but at this point in time, the focus was on showing off the potential of a sleek, clean, and glassy UI that Windows users would hopefully drool over (and we did).
The orb you see was an animated WMP gadget that gave the appearance of existing in a 3-dimensional desktop space. (In a later screen shot, you will see a much more drastic extent to which Microsoft was thinking in terms of 3D space on the desktop.) Also, attendees were given a glimpse of more functionality that one could utilize the sidebar for. Once again, the "wow" effect was achieved.