When numerous big data sources exist in diverse formats (the sources may often number in the hundreds and the formats in the dozens), it can be challenging for businesses to ingest data at a reasonable speed and process it efficiently in order to maintain a competitive advantage.To that end, vendors offer software programs that are tailored to specific computing environments or software applications.
The total number of GDI handles per session is also raised in Windows XP from 16384 to 65536 (configurable through the registry).
Windows XP shipped with Direct X 8.1 which brings major new features to Direct X Graphics besides Direct X Audio (both Direct Sound and Direct Music), Direct Play, Direct Input and Direct Show.
The user can choose to always show, always hide or hide some or all notification area icons if inactive for some time. The Taskbar, if set to a thicker height also displays the day and date in the notification area.
There are significant changes made to Windows Explorer in Windows XP, both visually and functionally.
Direct3D introduced programmability in the form of vertex and pixel shaders, enabling developers to write code without worrying about superfluous hardware state, and fog, bump mapping and texture mapping.