Vista to support OpenGL natively after all

— 1:49 PM on August 11, 2006

Reports surfaced last year that Windows Vista would include crippled support for OpenGL. The 3D graphics API was to be supported only as a layer on top of Microsoft's own Direct3D API, reducing performance significantly. Microsoft has now changed its plans, according to a Khronos group report passed along by DailyTech. OpenGL will be implemented natively in Windows Vista, reportedly providing even better performance with the Aero Glass user interface than with Direct3D. That said, Vista will require third-party video drivers in order to accelerate OpenGL natively; the operating system's default drivers will retain the layered mode.

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