Application Specific Glass Colorization in Windows 7?

Microsoft might be introducing application specific glass renderings. The color of the glass frame around a window can be changed in Vista, but the change is global to the system. The color of any particular window glass frame can not be set by choice. But, how about being able to change the color/opacity level of a the glass frame of any application through defined events or commands? According to a Patent number 7418668:

A method for changing a color value and/or level of opacity value of a glass appearance window frame for an application window is described. The method includes steps of determining a defined color value and a defined level of opacity value to apply to a glass appearance window frame and displaying the glass appearance window frame in accordance with the defined color value and the defined level of opacity value. A command may be received to apply the defined color value and the defined level of opacity value to the glass appearance window frame, thereby applying the defined color value and level of opacity value to the glass appearance window frame. Color values and/or level of opacity values may be changed automatically, be application specific, and/or be changed in response to receipt of an input from a user to change one or more portions of a default configuration.

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I fail to see how this is useful in any way. Why would you want app specific colors? So you can have that ATI CCC bloat with a red frame?

Makes me think they've given up on improving performance...maybe it's a lost cause who knows...
I do hope that this is an Ultimate Extra though. I wouldn't select it to install but at least it gives these users something "extra"...

Man, I'd really dig this. Its just one of those little things that would make the OS better by enabling me to customize more.

Hopefully, Microsoft can come up with something that lets us use themes like in XP because Vista theming is not even close yet.

Glass is something that really looks good, but we need to have more customizing ability for it to be great.

That's what this is, another step towards more customization. And it's a small thing really, but already people are tossing out the "bloat" word. gg.

Oh no, another GUI specific feature I don't need in my OS, I hope MS is not focusing as its priority this sort of "improvements" for their next OS

(MioTheGreat said @ #8.1)
Such programs can't change the color of glass on a per-app basis. They work by changing *everything*.

Next version.

Some people, like myself, don't like to use programs that intertwine themselves too much with Windows. Windowblinds is a fine example of that.

Besides, we should not have to be dependent on separate programs in order to theme Windows. That's one feature that Microsoft finally needs to get right in the next version of Windows.

On my secondary/server/media center machines I run Vista with the native Aero interface as it is quite lovely right out of the box. But on my main desktop and laptop machines, I run Windowblinds, ObjectDock, etc. to get the most bang for my screen real estate.

The Wraith skin by SKOriginals FTW.

Rather than dazzle us, make an OS we would be proud to use. If people have to promote it or defend it, it is crap.

If it works like it should there would be no need to defend it. And, it would promote itself.

I use vista ultimate x64, and i am proud of it, Aero is quite brilliant, keeps the whole GUI fresh, without becoming stale that other OS tend to become with continuous usage!

Yes, I agree with regards to Vista 64. It's the best operating system I have ever used, and I use and have used EVERYTHING since the Vax.

I can think of a number of uses for this, as I could for being able to animate the transparency and color at the same time. Could be very interesting indeed.

I really hope this isn't the sort of thing Microsoft has in mind to win the hearts and minds of the Vista naysayers.

That is what Vista needed, rather then having people create new themes for it, but a customizable level of glass would be perfect. But please Microsoft... PLEASE, I will sacrifice good looks for performance anyday!

Yes, but how can they be allowed to patent an idea like this?! I mean, steps of determining a defined color value and a defined level of opacity value to apply to a glass appearance window frame and displaying the glass appearance window frame in accordance with the defined color value and the defined level of opacity value. What steps?! Reading an object's property? WTF?!