This is what happens when you let Star Trek fans set product codenames.
Sure, technically it stands for the ‘Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform 10’. But you just know which way around the genesis of that title would have gone, when geeks are involved.
In any case, it sounds pretty interesting - basically it’s a Dx10 class software rasteriser which will come built-in to Windows 7. It’s bound to be be nigh-on unusable for a while - after all, people with cheap graphics cards are also likely to have gone a bit cheap on the CPU too, and even the best multicore CPU can’t software rasterise as well as an entry-level GPU right now - but as an eventual fallback target it could be useful.
Anyone with Star Trek chops knows that warp 10 is in fact unattainable (assuming you take TNG as your pseudoscientific canon). Let’s hope that isn’t prophetic 😉 Despite my new-found affinity with the Mac, I’m hoping that Windows 7 delivers functionality I can find useful on a day-to-day basis, because Vista still doesn’t attract me to use it any more than I absolutely have to. Vista feels like giving your PC a makeover while simultaneously performing a small lobotomy so that it looks nice, but is never quite as optimal as it used to be unless you throw more hardware at it. I still find that slightly offensive.