Vista to support OpenGL natively after all
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
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.