Wallpapers and Screensavers have been around as long as the Desktop Computer. They are mood changing over-sized images that can be place as the background on your desktop pc or mac. Even when your computer has multiple screens such as dual screen, triple screen, or quad screen, there are still wallpapers that will be extend across all your monitors.
Nowadays, screensavers and wallpapers have shifted to Animated and 3D wallpapers and screensavers. Meaning your background is actually living or alive. Some of the more popular animated wallpapers are such beautiful things as dolphins swimming around your screen, animals playing in the forest, waterfalls flowing behind your documents, falling leaves of fall, christmas santa on his sleigh, dinosaurs roaring including t-rex and flying dinos, cute animals including kittens, dogs running around your screen, fresh flowers blooming with each day, and even the ocean waves breaking on the sand as you check your email…
These animated wallpapers and screensavers are great for holidays and make a great mood for your computer screen during Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Valentines and others… For example, on Thanksgiving you’ll animated wallpapers and screensavers that change images and show a turkey running around the screen, or display great recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner. One screensaver in particular will shine fire in the fireplace and crackle over the firewood on your desktop computer background. All in all, they make a great addition to your Holiday or special occasion.
So to answer the main looming question, 3D and Animation is the next generation of Wallpapers and Screensavers and you could only expect that to evolve in 2010 and beyond.