Active Desktop

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

An employee smiling at her desk.The Active Desktop is an operating system feature first introduced in Microsoft Windows 98 that allows a user to use their Desktop as a web page. With Active Desktop, you can see the latest news, stock quotes, or comics on your Desktop without opening an Internet browser. With the introduction of the Windows Sidebar in Microsoft Windows Vista, this feature is not found in Vista or any later release of Microsoft Windows.

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