Part of the Operating systems glossary:

Visual computing is computing that lets you interact with and control work by manipulating visual images either as direct work objects or as objects representing other objects that are not necessarily visual themselves. The visual images can be photographs, 3-D scenes, video sequences, block diagrams, or simple icons. The term is generally used to describe either (or both) of these:

  1. Any computer environment in which a visual paradigm rather than a conventional (text) paradigm is used
  2. Applications that deal with large or numerous image files, such as video sequences and 3-D scenes

Intel's 64-bit Itanium microprocessor was marketed as portending a new era of visual computing at your workstation. High-bandwidth networks will help support visual computing, especially the shipping around of large amounts of video.

This was last updated in September 2005
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

Related Terms

Definitions

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1

    - Microsoft Windows 8.1 is a PC and tablet operating system released in October 2013. (SearchConsumerization.com)

  • Windows 95

    - Windows 95 was the 5th version of Microsoft’s GUI operating system, released in 1995. A huge sales success, Windows 95 was Microsoft’s breakthrough system. It introduced huge numbers of people arou... (WhatIs.com)

  • Windows 3.1

    - Windows 3.1 was the 4th version of Microsoft’s GUI-based operating system, released in 1993. 3.1 was a paid sub-release -- Windows 3.0 had been so popular that Microsoft decided to charge for the ... (WhatIs.com)

Glossaries

  • Operating systems

    - Terms related to operating systems, including definitions about open source and proprietary operating systems and words and phrases about system programs, boot mechanisms, kernels, command interpre...

  • Internet applications

    - This WhatIs.com glossary contains terms related to Internet applications, including definitions about Software as a Service (SaaS) delivery models and words and phrases about web sites, e-commerce ...

Ask a Question. Find an Answer.Powered by ITKnowledgeExchange.com

Ask An IT Question

Get answers from your peers on your most technical challenges

Ask Question

Tech TalkComment

Share
Comments

    Results

    Contribute to the conversation

    All fields are required. Comments will appear at the bottom of the article.