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#1 butilikethecookie

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 15:59


http://www.theverge....rops-aero-glass

Microsoft has revealed that it has made some big changes to its desktop UI for Windows 8, which includes moving away from Aero Glass — the UI first introduced with Vista. According to the company, this means visual changes that include "flattening surfaces, removing reflections, and scaling back distracting gradients."

Despite all of these changes with the interface, the company doesn't appear to be worried about the issue of "learnability." Instead, Microsoft believes that with a little help it won't take long for users to adapt to the new operating system. "We will help people get off on the right foot," the company explained in a blog post, "and we have confidence that people will quickly find the new paradigms to be second-nature."



#2 BetaAddict

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:08

Goes a long way towards scaling back on burdening the GPU and improving battery life for laptop usage.

#3 mikeleo

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:08

You can make the screens as fancy as you want or not. If the OS crashes or some other problem then who needs it.

#4 daniel_rh

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:12

Kinda like it but are they going to keep the same icons? :huh:

#5 jakem1

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:12

Your title is slightly misleading as Aero is a lot more than just Aero Glass. Also, this is already being discussed in this thread:

http://www.neowin.ne...__fromsearch__1

#6 OP butilikethecookie

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:20

Your title is slightly misleading as Aero is a lot more than just Aero Glass. Also, this is already being discussed in this thread:

http://www.neowin.ne...__fromsearch__1


These windows aren't shiny and see through though. They are solid.

#7 Vice

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:21

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The OS that just keeps giving. Perhaps next they can remove all the colour and start using nothing but white, grey and black. Then the transformation back to the mid 80's will be complete.

#8 George P

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:22

Kinda like it but are they going to keep the same icons? :huh:


No, they talk about changing icons and so on by RTM in the blog post.

#9 Ci7

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:25

oh noes another dropppped featurezzz :rolleyes:

on a serious note good job of making Windows Uniform (Y)

#10 Excelsis

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:28

oh noes another dropppped featurezzz :rolleyes:

on a serious note good job of making Windows Uniform (Y)


No feature dropped here. They just changed the theme. The underlying stuff that Aero brought is all still there. In other words, it shouldn't take long for themers to bring back Aero Glass. At least I hope so, more choices is always better.

#11 0nyX

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:29

I love the direction Windows 8 is heading.Cant wait for the RP and ofcourse RTM.The new flat look is more then welcome for me from every aspect and i also hope they make the libraries and folder icons "more metro" as well.

#12 brianshapiro

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:33

I'm all for making the desktop Metro style , but the screenshots so far seem half-assed in that direction and would look better with Aero. The windows still have thick rubber band borders, no use of caps in the titlebar or ribbon, etc.

#13 jakem1

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:38

These windows aren't shiny and see through though. They are solid.


If you read through to the end of that thread you'll see that the last two or three pages are devoted to a discussion of this topic.

#14 Anthonyd

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:48

Goes a long way towards scaling back on burdening the GPU and improving battery life for laptop usage.

Wrong, it's still GPU accelerated.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 16:49

I find that hideous. My next desktop might be my first mac :o