Meet the man behind the Windows 7 wall

Anyone using Windows 7 can't help but have noticed the array of creative and vibrant content that comes preloaded with it and is also available to download. Will Austin is just one of the photographers who will find his way onto millions of desktops worldwide when Microsoft's new operating system launches later this year.

7tutorials.com have managed to get hold of Will for an interview about his experiences of photography, dealing with Microsoft, and ultimately having six of his photographs featured as part of the default wallpaper that will come with Windows 7.

As the interview reveals, Will is a professional photographer who met one of Microsoft's designers whilst doing a photo shoot of some architecture. The shots of his included with Windows 7 are of architecture and nature and were all taken in the Seattle area, where he is based. Will says that Microsoft were "so professional yet so friendly and down-to-earth, it was a great experience. I could also see that they really cared so much about their work and the project they were working on, it was inspiring."

Here of the six of Will's stunning photos that appear in Windows 7:

Will was also mentioned in a posting at the Engineering Windows 7 blog earlier this year:

"As we thought about how we wanted to approach personalization in Windows 7, we knew one way was to honor our lineage. In the past photography has been featured heavily Windows. Some of that photography has been quite beautiful and has become a proud tradition we wanted to maintain. In addition, we also wanted to explore new territory and expand our visual palette. In the realm of photography, we kept a theme focused on landscape photography which is our tradition, but added new themes for architecture and nature. Much of the this imagery is from our stock imagery partners, but we also had the good fortune to work with a talented local photographer named Will Austin, who has photographed all over the world on many subjects with an emphasis on architecture. Will's photos provide a little bit of the local flavor of the Seattle area that we are proud to call home."

Head to 7tutorials.com now to read the full interview now and get the story behind Will and his photos, or visit Will's website or personal photo blog. Those of you familiar with Windows wallpaper photographers may also remember Hamad Darwish who talked to Long Zheng in 2007 about the photos that he contributed to Windows Vista.

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Did you know that windows XP converts your background image from any image format to plain BMP? So be it, I had this wallpaper in JPG which was like 1MB in size, but when I set it as wallpaper it made this 10MB BMP file :|

Check it out: C:Documents and Settings[username]Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftWallpaper.bmp

I love Windows 7, as it works the way I expected Vista to. But I don't understand all the praise for "themes" These themes are nothing more than different wallpapers, all be it pretty ones. I can (and have) downloaded high quality wallpapers for my desktop for years.

It is implied that these "themes" radically change the cursors, taskbar, start menu, etc. of Windows 7, but it does nothing of the sort. It simply changes the wallpaper. Big whoop.

Windows has always had terrible backgrounds and terrible screen savers (well there are one or two ok ones). Glad they put some half way decent backgrounds in Windows 7 that aren't 1024x768 or some other ridiculously low resolution when you know good and well that zero new computers are using that resolution.

babyHacker said,
Windows has always had terrible backgrounds and terrible screen savers (well there are one or two ok ones). Glad they put some half way decent backgrounds in Windows 7 that aren't 1024x768 or some other ridiculously low resolution when you know good and well that zero new computers are using that resolution.
What res do they go up to? 1080p at least I hope.

babyHacker said,
Windows has always had terrible backgrounds and terrible screen savers (well there are one or two ok ones). Glad they put some half way decent backgrounds in Windows 7 that aren't 1024x768 or some other ridiculously low resolution when you know good and well that zero new computers are using that resolution.

So you never even tried Vista then I see

I love these photos - they're very nice.

I just wish there was an easier way to mix the default Windows desktop backgrounds with those I have in my Images library, when using the desktop slideshow feature

stunning photos, i wonder how many rejects there were....those shots didnt come the first time he took them with his camera for sure

kolp said,
great! nice to know something about the guys behind the scenes, and a lucky photographer indeed ;)

Nice pictures, but what a fluff piece. Maybe next we can meet the guy who designed the new start icon, or the girl who picked the colors for the menubar? And one day, the chap who decided on the exact curvature for the corners of the wifi popup window, now that is someone I want to talk to.

cakesy said,
Nice pictures, but what a fluff piece. Maybe next we can meet the guy who designed the new start icon, or the girl who picked the colors for the menubar? And one day, the chap who decided on the exact curvature for the corners of the wifi popup window, now that is someone I want to talk to.


Who ****ed in your Corn Flakes ?

He doesn't like anything to do with Microsoft, even something as unrelated as this. You just have to laugh at his posts when reading the comments.

cakesy said,
Nice pictures, but what a fluff piece. Maybe next we can meet the guy who designed the new start icon, or the girl who picked the colors for the menubar? And one day, the chap who decided on the exact curvature for the corners of the wifi popup window, now that is someone I want to talk to.


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